Posted: Tuesday, April 04, 2000

Charles Edward Porter

Longtime Juneau resident Charles (Chuck) Edward Porter, 77, died March 29, 2000, in Juneau of cancer. His wife and daughter were at his side.

He was born on Nov. 12, 1922, in Port Orchard, Wash. He moved to Juneau with his family in 1932, graduated from Juneau High School in 1941 and joined the U.S. Air Force the following year. During World War II, he was awarded numerous medals for his service as a second lead bombardier/navigator in the 9th Division and flew 42 missions over Germany.

After the war, Porter returned to Juneau where he worked for Pacific Northern Airlines for 21 years before becoming part owner and general manager of Juneau Ready Mix. He also flew search missions for the Civil Air Patrol and served as the local unit commander. He retired in 1989 but continued to work as a commercial fisherman and charter boat captain for the next decade.

Porter was actively involved with The American Legion, The Gastineau Channel Advisory Board, Harbor Board, Chamber of Commerce, Elks Club, Yacht Club, Moose Lodge and Toastmasters. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Southeast Handtrollers Association and fished in all 53 Golden North Salmon Derbies.

He loved fishing, hunting, golfing and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles E. Porter, stepfather Ellis Reynolds and mother Freda Reynolds.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years Anne Porter, son Larry (and wife Patricia) of Kenai, daughter Pamela (and husband Carl) Brady of Anchorage, brother Richard Reynolds of Palouse, Wash.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, 3200 Hospital Drive, Juneau, Alaska, 99801.

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