In Memory

Brian Porter

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07/22/16 09:32 AM #1    

Terri Goodwin (McDonnell)

Brian H. Porter, 56 of Paxton died at 4:26 p.m. Sunday, June 22, 2014, at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E Pells Street, Paxton with Rev. Colleen Lawrence officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Brian was born May 29, 1958 in Charleston, IL a son of Jerry L. and Doris Replogle Porter. He married Lynn Wojnowski February 29, 1992 in Champaign. She survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother and step-father, Doris and Harry Wenzel of Mahomet; his father, Jerry Porter of Dickson, TN; two sons, Ryan Porter of London, England, Nicholas Porter of Paxton; two daughters, Samantha Porter and Sydney Porter both of Paxton; two sisters, Teresa (Paul) Hackler of Dover, MN, Michelle (Brett) Petersen of Minooka; five brothers, Todd Porter of Dallas, TX, Cullen (Jennifer) Porter of Charleston, Aaron (Teri) Porter of Ham Lake, MN, Quintin (Elise) Porter of Mahomet, Kenneth Wenzel of Ashburn, VA; 17 nieces and nephews and 3 great nieces.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Brian graduated from Glenbard West High School, Glen Ellyn in 1976, where he enjoyed singing in the school choir. After high school he served in the United States Marine Corps 1976-1980. He received his BA from Eastern Illinois University. He was Director of Marketing for Bartlett Management, Savoy and in recent years was a consultant for Mayhaven Publishing, Mahomet. He lived in the Champaign area before moving to Paxton in 2001.

Brian was a friend of Bill W. He wrote and had published a book “Harvey’s Life, Now What?”. Brian was an avid sports fan, especially enjoying the Chicago Cubs and Illini. He enjoyed bird watching, monitoring the weather conditions and letting his family know when bad weather would be present to make sure they were safe. He was known for his tremendous sense of humor and was a very neat and practical person. His greatest love was being a part of his children’s lives and watching them grow up.

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