Raymond Ernest Porter, age 96 of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on November 27th, 2019

Raymond Ernest Porter, age 96 of Lombard passed away November 24.

A Memorial Service will be held in December.

Ray is survived by his daughters Brenda Porter Helms (Al Ramirez) and Carol Jane Hammons (Herb), his beloved companion Harriet Kweton, his cherished grandchildren Jennifer DeBruin (Pete), Christopher Helms (Meghan Meredith), Kristen Book (Michael) and Scott Helms, his great grandchildren Ricky, Emma, Kendall and Claire.

Ray was born on a farm near Kettering, England, the youngest of nine children.  During WWII he joined the British Royal Air Force and flew on missions over Europe.  He was especially proud of the missions dropping food and aid to the people of Holland and Belgium.  He and his late wife Hilda emigrated to Canada after WWII where he obtained his degree in accounting and started a life-long career as an accountant, a career he continued up until the last few years.  In 1967 Ray and Hilda and their daughters moved again to the Chicagoland area for a job transfer and settled in Lombard and Wheaton over the duration of their lives.  They were very active with their children and then their grandchildren who were their whole lives including the annual trips to the Wisconsin Dells during the grandchildren’s younger years.

Ray is preceded in death by Hilda in 2005 and his son in law Gregory Helms in 2009.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association are kindly requested.

 

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