ANDERSON — Waldo Edwards Porter, 91, of Anderson passed away April 23, 2014, at Bethany Pointe with his family and close friend at his side.
Waldo was born Jan. 6, 1923, in Flora, Ill., to Vern and Daisy (Edwards) Porter. His family moved to Anderson in 1928, where he attended Roosevelt Elementary School. He graduated from Anderson High School in 1942. Following high school, he worked briefly at Howe Fire Apparatus and Guide Lamp.
During World War II, he served his country with honor in the United States Army. As a tank commander, he landed in Normandy, France, with the 735th Tank battalion. Following a year’s recovery in England and American hospitals, he was awarded the Purple Heart for a lifetime disabling combat wound.
He was employed as a letter carrier with the Post Office for 33 honorable years until his retirement in 1978. The final 20 years of his service were spent carrying mail to the Town of Edgewood. Following retirement, he provided his expertise in numerous construction projects with Fuel Systems Equipment.
As a youth, Waldo became a member of Bethany Christian Church. During the ‘60s and ‘70s, he and wife Josephine served as youth leaders and provided direction to many young men and women. He also served diligently as a Sunday School teacher, deacon, elder and in whatever capacity he was called to fulfill. When Southern Heights Christian Church was established, he was challenged to offer his leadership to that new outreach.
He is survived by two sons, John (Rhea) Colson and Larry (Joyce) Hutcherson; daughter-in-law, Debbie Porter; grandchildren, Jonathan (Alice) Colson, Rhajon (Todd) Smith, Kristin Colson, Meagan (Kurt) Bodell and Morgan (John) Pryor; great-grandchildren, Ethan Colson, Layla and Henley Pryor, Malina Bodell and Alethea Smith.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Josephine (Brockman) Porter; brother, Pearl Pierson; sisters, Genell Hamilton and Idell Allen.