John Porter

John Porter

Thursday, March 1st, 1934 - Thursday, May 7th, 2020
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Rev. John “Jack” Nesler Porter, 86, of Dubuque, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Luther Manor.

Graveside memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 25, at Linwood Cemetery, 2736 Windsor Ave., Dubuque. Attendees may gather in vehicles at the cemetery chapel at 10:20 a.m. for the procession to the grave. Rev. Loren Shellabarger will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post # 6 and the Iowa Army National Guard. For those unable to attend, services will be live-streamed on both the Westminster Presbyterian Church Facebook page and the church’s website at Arrangements are entrusted to Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd., Dubuque.

Jack was born March 1, 1934 in Manning, Iowa, the son of Clarence and Myrtle (Nesler) Porter. In the fourth grade, Jack and his family moved to Dubuque, and he completed his schooling at Lincoln Elementary, Washington Junior High, and Senior High School, graduating in 1952. Jack enrolled at the University of Dubuque that fall, graduating with a BS in Business Administration in 1956. After graduation, he joined the 82nd Airborne (paratrooper) Division of the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1958.

After the army, Jack worked for four years at the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Having felt a calling, in 1962 Jack shifted from a career in business to the ministry. He attended the Dubuque Theological Seminary over four years and served internships at two churches in Oklahoma, graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1967. On June 8, 1968, he married Gladys Ellen Howard at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dubuque. He served pastorates in Monroe, Iowa (1967-72), Delavan, Illinois (1972-91), and Hoopeston, Illinois (1991-98) while being a loving and supportive husband to Glady and father to their son, David.

Jack and Glady retired back in Dubuque and enjoyed a variety of activities: square and ballroom dancing; tutoring children from Irving School through a Westminster program; patient advocacy at Bethany Home; playing in a summer tennis league; attending musical events and plays at the local colleges; and meeting with cronies for lunch. Jack and Glady also enjoyed traveling around the US -- especially to San Francisco to visit their son and grandchildren -- and the UK. Jack was an active member of Westminster, where he sang in the choir, and sat on the board of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Jack loved music (especially jazz) -- which he learned to play on his Amazon Echo in recent years -- and proudly promoted his son’s streaming music startup (8tracks) to captive audiences at restaurants and retailers alike.

While Jack endured challenges from prostate cancer and, in recent years, Parkinson’s Disease, he maintained his kind nature and sense of humor. When he and Glady moved to Oak Park Place in 2017 and Luther Manor last year, Jack made new friends with the residents, nurses, and staff and enjoyed meals out (especially pizza) and Quiddler and Rummikub with Glady, family and friends.

Jack is survived by his wife, Gladys; their son David (Dorothy Kaslow) Porter; his grandchildren Asher Porter Hassan and Alia Kiran Hassan; their mother, Naureen; his brother Bill (Janet) Porter and their children Steve, Suzanne Taylor, Doug, and their families, including special great niece Melissa Taylor; his brother Paul (Carole) Porter and their children, Gretchen, Bryan, Kara, and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dubuque. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements.
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 10:30am
    Linwood Cemetery
    2735 Windsor Ave
    DUBUQUE, IA 52001
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Attendees may gather in vehicles at 10:20 for procession to graveside. Cemetery does not allow a tent so please bring umbrella in case of inclement weather or if shade is desired.
    Rev. Loren Shellabarger
  • Interment

    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Saturday, July 25th, 2020 10:30am
    Linwood Cemetery
    2735 Windsor Avenue
    DUBUQUE, IA 52001
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Julie Hopkins

Posted at 11:36am
Will never forget the kindness of both Jack and Glady during their time in Delavan. They are much loved and we will remember him with love and joy. Prayers to all.
Richard and Julie Hopkins

Dianna Busch

Posted at 09:13am
Dear Glady and David, What precious memories we have of the years that we spent together here in Delavan and how thankful we are for Jack's ministry. We pray especially for God's comfort and peace for both of you. Jim and Dianna Busch

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