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
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
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
email@example.com. Memorials are suggested to the Finney County
Humane Society, in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N. Seventh St.,
Garden City, KS 67846.