Robert ‚ÄúBob‚ÄĚ Norman Porter made his tireless journey from this earth into the arms of his loving wife up to the house of the lord on June 6, 2014, at the age of 73. He was born on Nov.4 or 5 (depending on who you ask) 1940 in Moscow, Idaho to Fred and Barbara Porter. In 1944 Robert and his family moved to Colville, where he started school in the Colville School District. Robert was an athlete and played basketball and tennis for his school team. A size 15 shoe was unheard of at that time, but he sported them proudly. Bob graduated as a 12-year senior at Colville and headed off to college.
Bob enrolled in WSU with an interest in business, but after a year of college, he decided to head back home to help run the family business, Polka Dot Grocery Store, with his fa¬¨ther Fred. This move epitomized the character of this caring man.
Robert met his wife, Maxine, in 1957 and they were mar¬¨ried on Dec. 20,, 1960. The couple was blessed by five children: Howie (57), Heidi (52), Bobbi (51), Cindi (49), and Jason (44). In 1976, Bob and Maxine were blessed with the opportunity to bring an addition to their family, and welcomed Jack Brug¬¨genkamp as their own son.
Knowing that he was truly blessed with a roof over his head and a regular meal, he ran his business, catering to every¬¨one, rich or poor. Many people believed that he was too gener¬¨ous. In reality, Bob was never a rich man, yet he was a fair man who made a fair living. In time of need, Bob made sure that every customer was taken care of, regardless of their abil¬¨ity to pay.
He not only sold groceries, he was the only store that took orders and delivered the groceries. Many people re¬¨member Bob driving his infamous Toyota Scout pickup, not only filled with groceries for his customers, but also one or two of his children. They were brought not only to help to deliver the groceries, but also to share a kind word and a caring heart.
Robert was a very busy man. He was a member of the Colville‚Äôs Volunteer Fire Department for 20-plus years and also served as the fire chief during his time there.
As Robert‚Äôs chil¬¨dren grew, he joined the Colville Valley Swim Team and shortly thereafter, he was elected team president and was instru¬¨mental in moving the team to the BCSSA (Brit¬¨ish Columbia Swimming Association) league. This is a summer swimming league, which allowed Colville to compete at a level that has developed many elite and successful competitive swimmers. Bob stayed involved with this organization for over 30 years and was still a volunteer at the age of 72, serving the timers and officials at Colville meets.
Bob was a hard-working, caring man who touched the lives of every person he came in contact with. He was honest, kind and a man who never judged anyone. He loved people for who they were, and believed in the good in everyone. Growing up, Bob was raised in a close-knit family by his mother and father, with siblings Jerry, Katherine ‚ÄúCookie‚ÄĚ (Bell), and Valdene ‚ÄúDeanie‚ÄĚ (Franz). Those close family ties led to the way he raised his family and welcomed everyone in the community.
Robert enjoyed being involved in every aspect of his chil¬¨dren‚Äôs and grandchildren‚Äôs school and sports. He would at times be seen driving from one event to another to make sure we all felt his support and admiration.
Robert was and will always be the heart of his family and to many people in his community. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a unique way of helping people. He never missed the chance to brighten other people‚Äôs lives.
As Bob created a little slice of Heaven on this earth, he is now off on his next journey to the gates of Heaven and a lit¬¨tle rest and relaxation. As we prepare to present Robert into the lord‚Äôs house, we may take comfort in the memories we were allowed to share with this amazing man. Robert lived his life with dignity, respect and honesty. This world will truly miss this iconic man and everything that he stood for.
Bob always believed that who you were, was not with what you had, it was what you could do for other people. That was the true measure of a person‚Äôs wealth.
Robert was preceded in death by his loving wife, Maxine; his mother, Barbara and father, Fred; his sister, Kath¬¨erine ‚ÄúCookie‚ÄĚ (Bell); his brother-in-law, Douglas Franz; his mother and father-in-law, William and Delores Doyle; and his brother-in-law, Glen Thompson.
He is survived by his daughters, Heidi Holter and hus¬¨band, Jeff (Colville); Bobbi Carruthers and husband, Bill (Spo¬¨kane); Cindy Porter and husband, Ray (Orient); his sons, Howie Por¬¨ter and wife, Theresa (Colville); Jason (Colville); and Jack Bruggenkamp and wife, Julie (Snohomish); his sister, Deanie Franz (Colville); brother-in-law, Paul Doyle and wife, Molly, (Kettle Falls); sister-in-law, Verleen Kaiser and husband, Gary (Boise); sister-in-law, Leona Thompson (Colville); his 17 grand¬¨children; 11 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and neph¬¨ews and many friends.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 12 at Mountain View Park Cemetery in Colville. The service will be¬¨gin at 11 a.m.
At the family‚Äôs request, donations may be given to the Colville, Kettle Falls or Orient Food Banks in Robert‚Äôs honor.
Please go online at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com and sign the guestbook.
Danekas Funeral Chapel is entrusted with the arrange¬¨ments.