Gerald "Jerry" L. "Gary" Porter
1944 - 2021
Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home - Rock Island
3030 7th Ave
Rock Island, IL

Gerald "Gary" "Jerry" L. Porter

July 25, 1944-September 18, 2021

ROCK ISLAND-Gerald "Gary" "Jerry" L. Porter, 77, of Rock Island, died peacefully on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity, Rock Island. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 24, 2021 at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, East Moline. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 669 or the Mexican-American Veterans Association (M.A.V.A.).

Gerald was born on July 25, 1944 in Rock Island to James Porter and Gladys (McCorkle) Mohn. He graduated from Rock Island High School in 1963 and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. He then married Eva "Punkin" Porter on July 24, 1965 in Davenport. She preceded him in death on August 28, 2021. Gerald retired from Alcoa after working 41 years. He was a devoted member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 669 and the Mexican-American Veterans Association. Gerald was also a member of the United Steelworkers and the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR). He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan and enjoyed going to car shows and working outdoors. Above all, Gerald was known for offering a helping hand to anyone in need.

Those left to cherish Gerald's memory include his daughter, Cinnamon (Patrick) Moore, Coal Valley; son, Troy Porter, Rock Island; sisters, Jaqueline McGuire and Susan DePaepe; brother, Charles (Donna) Porter; several nieces and nephews; and grand dog, Vegas "The Boo."

Gerald was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years; parents; and brother, Donald Porter.

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Published by Quad-City Times on Sep. 22, 2021.
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My sincere sympathy to the family of a good friend, fellow veteran and union brother. Jerry was a great individual to know and work with in the USW.
Jerry Kearns
September 24, 2021
I want to give a special salute to Jerry for his tireless and unselfish service through the two Vietnam Veterans organizations. He answered every call, greeted everyone with a smile and treated everyone with respect. Great example of how to live a life of service.
Larry Diedrich
September 22, 2021
To the family of Jerry Porter. He was a great, generous and caring Union man who I had the privilege of working alongside making Christmas baskets for over 20 years. He will be greatly missed. Prayers go out to the family.
Jason Ellis
September 22, 2021
Mr. Porter, we are so sorry to here the loss of your Dad and also your Mom not long ago. My prayers are with you and your family.
Julie Jackson
September 22, 2021
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