On Monday, April 5, 2021, Vincent Edward “Ed” Porter’s valiant year and a half battle with cancer came to an end. Ed was born to Dan and Fern Porter on May 11, 1951. He spent his childhood in Newcastle until he was a senior in high school when the family moved to Gillette. Ed graduated from Campbell County High School in 1969. In school, Ed participated in band, wrestling, and swimming. After high school, he attended WyoTech. After his time at WyoTech, Ed joined the Wyoming National Guard where he completed basic training in Fort Ord, California. Ed spent time coaching youth sports, water skiing, hunting, and fishing. In 1977, Ed married Deby Lynch. With this union, he gained a daughter, Heather. Together, Ed and Deby had a daughter, Christy. The couple later divorced. In 1982, Ed met and married Cindy Genoff. The couple had two children, a son, Tyler, and a daughter, Sarah. Ed became a master plumber (for over 40 years), worked in construction, and also worked in oil and gas. Due to his work, Ed and his family lived across Wyoming in Newcastle, Powell, Pine Haven, and Moorcroft. In 2008, Ed and Cindy moved to the Porter Family Ranch in Newcastle. Ed spent a great deal of time building their home. After spending several years commuting to Gillette daily for work from Newcastle, Ed entered retirement in 2018. Ed always enjoyed spending time with his family, both immediate and extended, and many stories and laughs were shared at these gatherings. Ed lit up any room he entered with his sense of humor, laugh, and smile. However, if you saw Ed’s lip start quivering and he told you to “skip it”, you knew there was no room for jokes.
Ed is survived by his wife Cindy of Newcastle, daughters Heather (Gerey) Dillinger and Sarah (Travis) Bruns of Gillette, Christy (John Schlautmann) Porter of Sparks, Nevada, grandchildren Drew (Kirsten), Chase, Isabelle (Cruz), Kylie (Kenyan), Kaelin, Shelby, Cody, Ty, Sophie, Dominick, Karter, Landri, Kam, and Ezra, brothers Mike Porter and Danny (Sandy) Porter, sisters Kathie (Gene) Morgan, Ruth Liggett, and Sandy (Jake) Clouse, Mother-in-Law Iris Genoff, sisters-in-law Vickie (Harley) Greve and Tina (Ingrid) Genoff, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, and his two favorite dogs Daisy and Lilly. Ed was preceded in death by his parents, son, Tyler Porter, Father-in-Law Louie Genoff, and sister Mary McGlaughlin.
Graveside services will take place Saturday, April 10, 2021, at 1:00 pm at Greenwood Cemetery in Newcastle, Wyoming. Everyone is welcome to attend. The family welcomes everyone to join them to share memories after graveside services at the Masonic Lodge in Newcastle, Wyoming. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Condolences may be sent to PO Box 355, Newcastle, WY 82701.