Glenn A. Porter
MADISON- Glenn A. Porter, age 83, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his loving family on Monday, July 30, 2012, after a valiant and courageous 16-year battle with prostate cancer. He was born on June 2, 1929, in Berwyn, Ill. the son of August and Lillian Porter. Glenn earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. in 1952. While in college he met the love of his life, bright and vivacious Jean Lovgren. After marrying in 1951, they moved to Mishawaka, Ind., where their three children were born. In 1957, the family moved to Milwaukee, where Glenn worked at AC Spark Plug, a division of GM, doing design work on the Regulus, Thor, and Titan II missile guidance systems. Glenn earned his MBA from the UW-Madison in 1963, and one year later Jean completed her B.S. in Education and began teaching third grade. In 1969, following the virtual collapse of the aerospace industry, Glenn worked on the development of automotive crash sensors, which led to Glenn’s patent for an airbag sensor. In 1976, Glenn accepted a transfer to Delco Electronics in Kokomo, Ind., where Jean became principal of Western Elementary School. Glenn became a senior purchasing agent for GM in 1981 (allowing him to enjoy numerous business trips to Japan) and in 1990 retired from GM after 35 years. He and Jean moved to Tarpon Springs, Fla. but returned to Indiana five months each year to be near family.
An elder at Whitnall Park Lutheran Church in Milwaukee for many years, Glenn lived life to the fullest and enjoyed woodworking, tennis, chess, reading, and activities with his family including boating, water skiing, camping, table tennis, pool, snowmobiling, sailing, sports car rallies, golf, bridge, and word games. While he loved Corvettes and owned a total of 8 (all red except for the Silver Anniversary model), what really mattered to him was family. He enjoyed extensive travel with Jean to Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Scotland, Scandinavia, Yugoslavia, Russia, Great Britain, and France. Glenn and Jean’s amazing love and devotion to one another was an inspiration to those who knew them, and they enjoyed 58 wonderful years together before Jean passed away in 2009. Glenn moved into the Hearth at Prestwick (in Avon, Ind.) in September 2009 and in February 2012 to Waunakee Manor near Madison, where he received loving and skilled care and was close to numerous family members, including his only great-grandchild, Luca.
Glenn is survived by his son, David (Candace) Porter of East Troy, and their 5 children, John, Anne and Andy Muller and great-grandson Luca, Ben, Kate, and Christine; daughter, Sue (Dave) Nondahl, M.D. of Middleton, and their children, Eric and Tiffany; and daughter, Karen and Tom Hensler of Avon, Ind. and their children, Christopher and Laura. Glenn was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jean.
Funeral services will be held at BLACKHAWK EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH, 9620 Brader Way, Middleton, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday. Glenn was a devoted, beloved and cherished husband, father, and grandfather; a loyal friend; and a witty, big-hearted, remarkable man. He left his family and friends with many wonderful memories, and his smile, antics, playful demeanor, and sense of humor will be greatly missed.
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