Philip Porter


Philip G. Porter, 79, of Garden City, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Philip G. Porter, 79, of Garden City, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

He was born Sept. 18, 1933, in Topeka, to Roy Gaylon and Elizabeth

Shaaf Porter. A Garden City resident since 1942, he graduated from

Garden City High School in 1951.

On April 3, 1954, he married Vera May Rhodes in Garden City. They

owned and operated a flower shop in Hugoton in 1955. They moved back to

Garden City in 1958 to help Philip's mother with the flower shop. They

later purchased Porter's Flowers and Gifts in 1964. They continued in

the flower business until 1996 when they sold the business to their

daughter, Shelly.

Mr. Porter was an avid racing fan. He enjoyed building and racing

micro midgets and was very involved with the Airport Raceway. He also

enjoyed MG Sports Cars and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife, Vera May Porter of the home; three

children, Shelly Rupp and her husband, Mike, of Garden City, Scott

Porter and his wife, Vicki, of Garden City, and Ross Porter and his

wife, Marilyn, of Garden City; a sister, Nancy Bergkamp and her husband,

Tom, of Salona Beach, Calif.; and a granddaughter, Marika Colby of

Garden City. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Russell

Gaylon Porter.

A memorial service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Bible Christian

Church in Garden City. A private family interment will take place at a

later date at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City.

There will be no visitation. Condolences may be emailed to Memorials are suggested to the Finney County

Humane Society, in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N. Seventh St.,

Garden City, KS 67846.

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