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PORTER, John N. (Manning, IA, Mar. 1, 1934--Dubuque, IA, May 7, 2020) A son of Clarence and Myrtle (Nesler) Porter, Jack and his family moved to Dubuque, where he completed his elementary and junior high school education and graduated from DUBUQUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in 1952. He 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. 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. 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 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL through a Westminster program; patient advocacy at BETHANY HOME; and playing in a summer tennis league. Jack was an active member of Westminster, where he sang in the choir, and sat on the board of the DUBUQUE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.



Obituaries, Dubuque Today, Online: http://www.encyclopediadubuque.org/index.php?title=PORTER,_John_N.&action=edit&redlink=1