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Vincent Edward 'Ed' Porter


April 22, 2021

Vincent Edward “Ed” Porter passed away on Mon., April 5, 2021, following a year and a half battle with cancer. 

Ed was born to Dan and Fern Porter on May 11, 1951. Dan was born in Gebo, Wyo. Over the years, Hot Springs State Park was a favorite location for many Porter family reunions.

Ed 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. After high school, he attended WyoTech. After his time at WyTech, Ed joined the Wyoming National Guard and completed his basic training in Fort Ord, Calif.   

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). He worked in construction and also oil and gas. Due to his work, Ed and his family lived across Wyoming in Newcastle,  Powell, Pine Haven, and Moorcroft. 

In 2008, Cindy and Ed moved to the Porter  family ranch in Newcastle. Ed spent a great deal of time building their home. Ed retired in 2018. Ed always enjoyed spending time with his family, both immediate and extended. 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 ever 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 Porter (John Schlautmann) of Sparks, Nev.; fourteen grandchildren; brothers, Danny (Sandy) Porter of Gillette and Mike Porter of Newcastle; sisters, Kathie (Gene) Morgan  of Washington,  Utah,  Ruth Liggett of Newcastle,  and Sandy (Jake) Clouse of Thermopolis.; mother-in-law, Iris Genoff; sister-in-laws, Vickie (Harley) Greve and Tina (Ingrid) Genoff; and numerous neices, nephews, cousins, 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.


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