Funeral services Friday, Jan. 28
Ronald Francis Porter, 86, of Platte City, a former member of the Platte City Board of Aldermen for many years, died on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. His family said he had been fighting the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
Porter was elected six times to serve on the Platte City Board of Aldermen, representing ward two for more than 10 years. His time on the board included construction of significant capital projects including reconstruction of all streets as hard surface roads with curb, gutter and stormwater systems as well as major improvements to the city’s water and wastewater systems.
Porter was a lifelong resident of Platte County. According to his obituary, he graduated from Park Hill High School and worked a variety of jobs as a young family man. He eventually found a permanent home at TWA Airlines where he enjoyed unlimited travel while still doing cement work.
“He worked at Crown Center with his dad and uncle so when you see the waterfall area, you are seeing some of his work,” his family says.
Ron enjoyed spending time with his family whether playing board games such as Aggravation, or taking his grandkids to the lake.
He was a member of the Platte City United Methodist Church and maintained friendships from high school and his places of employment.
In addition to his time as an elected alderman, Porter also had served as a member of the city’s parks and recreation board.
He was preceded in death by his parents Francis Porter, and Edna “Emmiliene” Whitton Porter, and his brother, Glen. Ron’s oldest daughter, Rhonda, and step-son Dave also preceded him. He is survived by his wife, Joan of the home; daughters, Paige Smith and Penny Porter; step-sons, Dale (Jewel), Dr. Don (Robin) Knudson; grandkids Logan, Lee and Laine Smith; Ami Lou Brosoto, Drew (Meagan), Jeremy (Ariana); Wesley and Dixie Knudson; Janelle (Jaben) Carter.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022 at the Platte City United Methodist Church at 11:30 am, with a visitation one hour prior. Private interment at Hampton Cemetery in Platte City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospitals.