On Tuesday, May 22, 2007, at 82 years of age, Roy went to his eternal home with his Lord Jesus. He died of a re-occurrence of cancer.
Roy was born on February 21, 1925 to Roy and Zilpha (Brown) Porter. He graduated from Shannon City High School in 1943.
Roy proudly served his country from July 27, 1943 to March 30, 1946 as a Lance Corporal 6th Division Marine Corps "China Marine." He served in multiple combat operations in the Pacific including the Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, Guam, Okinawa and mainland China.
Roy worked for Northwestern Bell for 35 years. He was the mayor of Clive from 1970 to 1978, focusing on keeping taxes low, he also annexed west of Interstate 80 and developed the "Green Belt." Roy was the President of the Polk County Crime Commission from 1973 to 1974.
Roy was a founder of Des Moines Christian School. He served on the it's Board of Directors for many years. He also served on the Board of Directors of Valley View Village. Roy was Pastor Emeritus of Missions at First Federated Church after serving as Missions Director for 31 years. He also worked very closely with the Vietnamese Evangelical Church of the Alliance, for whom he had a deep love.
On November 26, 1949, Roy married Dorothy Chapman. They had two sons Jim and John, and one daughter, Susan Farho. Dorothy was born on March 21, 1923 to Ralph and Leatha Chapman in Des Moines, Iowa. On Saturday July 3, 1999, at 76 years of age, Dorothy went to her eternal home with her Lord Jesus. She had complications from treatments for a re-occurrence of cancer.
Roy is survived by his loving wife, Rhonda Maddex Porter of Clive; son, James (Janet) Porter of Las Vegas, Nevada; daughter, Sue (Mike) Farho of Côte d'Ivoire, Africa; son, John Porter of Des Moines; grandsons, Jason (Christina) Porter, Jay Ryan Porter, Joe Porter, James D. Porter, all of Las Vegas, Nevada, John Farho of Omaha and Joshua Farho of Côte d'Ivoire, Africa; brother, William Daniel (June) Porter of Indiana; sisters, Mary (John) Baker and Donna Roganholt, both of Wisconsin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife - Dorothy Chapman Porter, his brother - Floyd Porter and his sister - Fern Whittlesey.
Roy’s passion for spreading the Good News about eternal life through Jesus was infectious. During his 31-year tenure as Director of Missions at First Federated Church, Des Moines, IA, Roy consistently and persistently raised the level of commitment, practical involvement, and financial support for world-wide evangelism at First Federated Church.
Obituary & Tributes
- Des Moines Register Obituary
- First Federated Church, Des Moines IA
- Hamilton's Funeral Home
- Des Moines Christian School