Longtime Nikiski resident Morris Lee Porter Sr. died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, from complications resulting from an automobile accident in September. He was 87.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at the Nikiski High School. Reverend Harold Lewis will officiate. Mr. Porter was buried at the family's cemetery in Sunshine Point, Alaska.
Mr. Porter was born Sept. 5, 1920, to Roy and Cora (Morris) Porter in Fortuna, Mo.
"He graduated from high school in Portland, Ore., but gained most of his knowledge through extensive life experiences," his family said.
He moved to Anchorage where he worked a short while for the city of Anchorage in 1939 and then began working for the Golden Zone Mine. After that he moved back to Anchorage where he owned Morry's Grocery which he operated during WWII. During the war he was contracted as a fish buyer, supplying fish for the U.S. Army. Mr. Porter moved to Kenai in 1952 where he started the Red Cab Co., as well as the Kenai Telephone Co. He had resided throughout southcentral Alaska at Sunshine Point in Kachemak Bay, Kenai and Seward. Mr. Porter was self-employed and worked in numerous professions such as tuna fishing, mailboating, logging, trapping and auto sales. He operated two service stations, was a real estate investor, dishwasher, musician and did house rentals.
"He was one of the first drifters on the Cook Inlet and fished commercially until he was 84," his family said.
Mr. Porter was a member of the Kenai Baptist Church, Pioneers of Alaska, North Kenai Community Club, president of Alaska Entrymans Rights Association and was past president for the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.
"Morris was a kind and gentle man, a pioneer and entrepreneur who saw the best in everyone. An inspiration to four generations, he will be greatly missed by the whole family. He enjoyed music, lapidary and his family," his family said.
Mr. Porter was preceded in death by his first wife, Bertha; sons, Harold Eugene and Morris Porter Jr.; two sons-in-law; grandson, John T. "Trey" Hurn III; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter, Georgia Wittmer.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Walker Porter of Nikiski; daughters, Ami Rediski of Nikiski, Kathie Riley of Anchorage, B.K. Kivi of Nikiski, Coline Spurgeon-Kivi of Nikiski and Anna Johns of Nikiski; sons, Jack and Willie Porter of Nikiski; and more than 75 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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