The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 29, 2012

Gaylon M. Porter

Published 11-29-12

Enid News and Eagle

ENID — We celebrate the life of Gaylon M. Porter, 88.

Gaylon was born Feb. 21, 1924, to Abbie and Robert Porter in Garber, Okla.

On May 15, 1943, he married the love of his life, Elaine Ragoss of Hunter, Okla.

He served in the United States Navy during WWII and then returned home to continue wheat farming and raise his growing family. In 1965, the family moved to Oklahoma City, where he worked for the Daily Oklahoman.

Gaylon and his wife remained in Oklahoma City, where they managed rental properties and he later retired from Sears Automotive.

Gaylon had a smile that could light up a room. He lived for his children and his grandchildren, but was always available to take care of anyone in need.

He never complained of hard work; rather, he relished in it. He was a happy and grateful person every day of his long life.

After 11 years apart, he is now in heaven with his wife Elaine.

He leaves to mourn his loss one sister-in-law, Rita Cornelson; two sons, Rick Porter and Tom Porter; one daughter, Patty Porter-Brumley and husband David; grandchildren, Whitney and husband Joseph, Michael and girlfriend Nina, and Heather and PJ; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Red Cross at or the charity of your choice.

A viewing will be held today, Nov. 29, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Smith & Kernke Funeral Home, Oklahoma City. Service will be 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at The Village United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in Garber Cemetery, Garber, Okla.

(Submitted by family)