William Lee Porter
TERRE HAUTE - William Lee Porter, 81, of Terre Haute, passed away Thursday, November 28th, 2019 in his residence. Bill was born in Terre Haute on September 15, 1938 to James W. Porter and Olive Johnson Porter.
Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the 101st Airborne. He was a member of Pimento Masonic Lodge and the Zorah Shrine Valley of Terre Haute. Bill retired from the US Postal Service after 20 years of service and was the former owner of Froggy's Tavern in Farmersburg. He owned the first Pizza King in Sullivan, Indiana, and Porter's Southside Auto until his retirement.
He loved to race flat track motorcycles and had been able to race at the Daytona 500 and the Alligator Enduro. He had a special place in his heart for all animals. Bill had a wanderlust attitude and was always looking for new places to travel. He had many camping trips, short local jaunts, European excursions and numerous trips to Jamaica with many friends that he would tell stories about on a daily basis.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his grandson Mitchell Pullum, a brother James Porter and his wife Joan Porter, and a brother-in-law Donald Brown.
Bill is survived by his wife Lynn Bassler Porter of Terre Haute; and two daughters Karie Porter Pullum and Jamie Porter, both of Terre Haute. He is survived by one son Dennis Porter and his wife Kristine of St. Louis. He is survived by a sister Mary Lou Brown of West Terre Haute; and grandchildren Wesley Pullum of Terre Haute, Elijah Porter of Bicknell, Adrian Bewley of Terre Haute, and April Porter and Trace Porter, both of St. Louis. He is survived by his former wife Carolyn Porter, mother of his two daughters; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Idle Creek Banquet Center, 5355 Ryanne Marie Lane, Terre Haute, IN 47802.
The family would like to thank Southern Care Hospice for the kindness they gave to Bill and the guidance for the family as we made this journey in Bill's life. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Humane Shelter of Terre Haute, Heritage Animal Hospital or Southern Care Hospice. Greiner Funeral Home, 2005 North 13th Street, were entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at:
Published on November 30, 2019


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Joanne Acevedo
Dec 02, 2019
Bill was such a large part of the bassler acevedo family he made us laugh so much and yes michigan is missing hounddog
Dave Steenberg
Dec 02, 2019
Lynn, I'm very sorry for your loss. It sounds like Bill was a wonderful person with a huge heart. You and your family have my thoughts and prayers.
Toni DeLuca and Spike Wightman
Dec 01, 2019
One of my best memories was going parasailing with Bill and Lynn in Jamaica. We spent many New Year's Eves on the beach with Bill and Lynn. Miss you Hound Dog! Rest in peace.
Barb Lamb Gerry Olson
Dec 01, 2019
Will miss you Hound Dog.
Dec 01, 2019
Katie (and Family), I am thinking about you and know your daddy is at peace. 🙏💕
Dec 01, 2019
I have so many memories of visiting Aunt Carolyn & Uncle Bill along with my two cousins Karie Porter Pullum, and Jamie Porter when they lived in Farmersburg. Karie and I had a blast riding up and down the hills on one motorcycle at the side of their home. I'm so thankful that as Mike and I were leaving Mom's apartment that she decided at the last minute to go down and see Uncle Bill. I consider it a blessing that I was able to see Uncle Bill and talk to him a few hours before he passed. In my heart I think he heard me, even though most of the visit his eyes were shut. I do believe for a short time when I talked to him, that his eyes were opened "just a very tiny bit" and he grabbed for my... hand. Uncle Bill thought a lot of my husband Mike, whenever Mike would ask him if we could pray with him, he never turned Mike down. I was remember Uncle Bill as a character who loved life and animals.Read more
Bill and Sharon Marks
Dec 01, 2019
We all will miss Bill and his great personality and humor. Our sympathies are extended to you, Lynn, and his family for your loss.
David lyon
Dec 01, 2019
Sorry for your loss of Bill ! We had many good times over the years ! May he rest in peace and he will be remembered for his friendship to many !
Carol Thompson and Gabriel Acuff
Dec 01, 2019
My Deepest Condolences to Jamie Porter and her family and Karie and her family and Mrs. Carolyn Porter I'm sorry of your Loss My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family's and Entire Porter Families & Loved ones Family and Friends
Carol Thompson
Dec 01, 2019
Send My Deepest Condolences To Jamie Porter and her family and Karie L. Pullum and her family and Mrs. Carolyn Porter So sorry to hear of your Loss in my thoughts and prayers God Bless You and your family's and loved Ones at this time 🙏😇 🙌👣