Recent Obituaries

John R. “Doc” Porter


7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Friday, November 27, 2015

Harvey H. Zeigler Funeral Home

Funeral Service

12:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Harvey H. Zeigler Funeral Home

Hyndman, PA – John R. “Doc” Porter, 61, of Hyndman formerly of Ellerslie, died on November 23, 2015 at his home

Born at Memorial Hospital in Cumberland; he was the son of the late Richard E. and Mary E. (Waltz) Porter. As a child his family moved to Elwood City, then Hopwood and returned to Ellerslie. He was a 1972 graduate of Mt. Savage High School. He had previously attended the Methodist Church.

After graduation he enlisted in the US Navy and served 4 years as a Hospital Corpsman in California and Washington DC during the Richard Nixon years. Afterwards he served an additional seven years in the US Naval Reserve’s Seabees unit in Cumberland. He was hired by Memorial Hospital and worked there from 1976 to 2009. He had competed his Nursing Degree at Allegany College of Maryland and worked in critical care, cardiac cath. lab, IV team and dialysis until health issues forced him to retire.

He enjoyed playing pool and shuffleboard with the team from the Ellerslie Tavern. He had a keen sense of humor. Known to his family as “Pap” he enjoyed visits from his daughters and five grandchildren. He was an avid reader, student of WWII history and politics. He was confined to his home the past two years but taught us all about patience, accepting physical limitations, and making the best of each day.

He will be missed by his wife of 37 years, Ann (Heatwole) Porter; daughters, Becky Porter and fiancé Dan Hinkle, Melanie Shaffer and husband Travis, five grandchildren, Jordan Kiser, Chuckie Crosten, Page Shaffer, Jackson Shaffer, and Natalie Hinkle; a sister, Linda Meanor and husband Dave of York, PA; nephew, Phil Meanor and wife Jen; niece, Beth Warner and husband Cliff and family.

Friends will be received at the Harvey H. Zeigler Funeral Home, Inc., 169 Clarence Street, Hyndman on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.

A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home on Saturday at 12 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Gary Pensyl will officiate.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to WMHS Hospice, 1050 W. Industrial Blvd., Suite 19, Cumberland, MD  21502

The family would like to thank Dr. Poonai, Dr. Wagoner and the Hospice staff for their care and a special thank you to Todd Messenger for all of his help.

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