Ernest “Ernie” Porter

Ernest “Ernie” Porter, 87, passed away from complications of dementia on Aug. 19, 2021, at Logan Healthcare Cut Bank. A service of remembrance will be held later this month. Details will be announced at later date. 

Ernie was born on Sept. 4, 1933, at home in Dunkirk, the son of Raymond and Della (Marcum) Porter. He attended grade school and high school in Shelby, getting his GED in 1954. He joined the Marine Corps in 1954 and was stationed in Twenty-nine Palms, Calif., Japan and Hawaii. While in Japan he became a Judo instructor. He was then stationed in Hawaii, where he was selected to be in the Honor Guard for the SEATO (SouthEast Asia Treaty Organization) conference. He was a very proud Marine, and even though the dementia had taken its toll, he could still tell you the company he was in. 

After discharge from the Marines he returned to Shelby, where he met Carol Hegdahl and they were married July 14, 1956.

Ernie was a life member of Shelby VFW Post #73.

He was an avid bowler and went to many national tournaments and Montana State tournaments. He loved golf and golfed every chance he got. He also really liked to hunt and fish, in his younger years. 

He worked as a deputy sheriff for Toole County and a police officer for the City of Shelby. In 1965 he went to work for Marias River Electric and retired from there in 1996. 

Twenty-one winters were spent in Parker, Ariz., enjoying golf, card games, traveling, the company of many new and old friends and family.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; daughters, Joni (Denis) Kuntz and Kathryn (Kraig) Holdren; son, Tim (Heidi) Porter; sister, Fran Jacoby; brother, Jim Porter; brother-in-law, Jerry (Bobbi Jo) Hegdahl; grandchildren, Stacey, Cori, Kraig ”Bud,” Austin, Neil, Aaron, Caitlin and Hayden; great-grandchildren, Connor, Tanner, Hunter, River and Summer; nieces, Miki (Mark) Suta, Debbie (Mike) Pedersen, Patty (Kent) Rudolph and Heidi (Bob) Bleeker) Beach; and nephews, Raymond Hughes, Richard Hughes, Lester (Anna) Beach and James Beach.

In addition to his parents, Raymond and Della Porter, he was preceded in death by his brother, Floyd; sister, Darlene Beach; nephew, Brian Hughes; niece, Francine Beach; brother-in-law, Wayne Hegdahl and son-in-law, Denis Kuntz.

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