In Memory of Michael "Mike" P. Porter

Michael "Mike" P. Porter
Michael "Mike" P. Porter
Born: June 28, 1960
Died: July 13, 2019
Age: 59
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Michael "Mike" P. Porter
June 28, 1960 - July 13, 2019
From: Ida Grove, IA

Michael “Mike” P. Porter, age 59, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s of Sioux City, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 19, 2019, at the Arthur Evangelical Free Church of Arthur, Iowa. Pastor Dave Schultz will officiate with Committal Services following in the Hayes Township Cemetery of Arthur, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 18, 2019, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Michael “Mike” Paul Porter, the son of Charles “Chuck” and Sally (Frank) Porter, was born on June 28, 1960, in Iowa Falls, IA. Mike grew up and received his education in Odebolt, IA, graduating with the Odebolt-Arthur class of 1979. After graduation Mike entered the workforce. His most recent employment was at Farmers Area Coop in Schleswig, IA, where he had been employed for 16 years.

On May 22, 1992, Mike was united in marriage to Michelle Freed. The couple were blessed with a daughter, Dakota and the family made their home in Ida Grove, IA. The family loved their camping trips to Crawford Creek, Hidden Acres and Camp Crescent. Mike enjoyed fishing and teaching his daughter how to hunt. Family meant everything to Mike. He relished in time spent with his large family and loved trying to keep up with his grandson, Axel. 

Mike was a member of the Arthur Evangelical Free Church where he held various offices within the church. He served as a volunteer on Wednesday nights helping with the AWANA program and was the church’s camp representative for Hidden Acres Christian Center for over 20 years. Mike was also a 20-year member of the Ida Grove Fire Department. His fire department family was something he held near and dear to his heart.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife Michelle Porter of Ida Grove, IA; daughter Dakota Porter (special friend Tristan Bengford) and grandson Axel Bengford of Ida Grove, IA; mother Sally Porter of Odebolt, IA; siblings Peg (Bill) Bahr of Iowa Falls, IA, Pam Porter of Odebolt, IA, Mary (Ted) Simpson of Cedar Park, TX, Jim (Stephanie) Porter of Ida Grove, IA and Valerie (Mike) Bechtold of Brooklyn Park, MN; mother-in-law Garnet Perkins and spouse Bill Wilmes of Loveland, CO; sister-in-law Janine Freed of Loveland, CO; extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by maternal and paternal grandparents; his father Chuck Porter; and niece Pamela Bahr.


10:30 a.m., Friday,
July 19, 2019
Arthur Evangelical Free Church
Arthur, Iowa


Pastor Dave Schultz


Bill Bahr
Ted Simpson
Mike Bechtold
Michael Bahr
Matthew Bahr
Devin Bechtold

Honorary Pallbearers
The Ida Grove Fire Department


4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday,
July 18, 2019
Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


"How Great Thou Art" ~ solo
"In The Garden"
"It Is Well With My Soul"

Sue Goodenow, Pianist
Nancy Rydberg, Vocalist


Hayes Township Cemetery
Arthur, Iowa


Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 9:03 AM
“Sally, to you and your family, my heart goes out to you in the loss of your son. I saw the Porter name in the Chronicle, so read the obituary. You were a wonderful Hospice friend to my mom, Lois Smith, many years ago. We won't forget you! You are in our hearts and know we will all be together again in God's beautiful heaven.
With loving sympathy,
- Janis Smith Reinschmidt
Friday, July 19, 2019 at 3:24 PM
“The Kiron dudes will miss Mike! Great memories of playing softball in Arthur and "Barn Ball" Basketball at J.C.'s Place! Rest in Peace my friend, Mike!”
- Stormin' Norman Gustafson
Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 2:42 PM
“We are so sorry to hear about Mike. Our prayers and thoughts go out to your family.”
- Arnie and Mary Bechtold and family
Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 9:37 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you”
- Jesse and Sarah Totten
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 9:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of Mikes passing. Praying for you and your family.”
- Cherie Delutri Eisenhauer
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 9:00 AM
“We are saddened to learn of Porter's passing. He was a joy to know through his work here in Schleswig at FAC - always a kind word and willing to help everyone. Loren always enjoyed visiting with him when he brought grain to the elevator and he will truly be missed. We know for certain that we will see him again when we join him in our REAL home in Heaven. May God wrap His loving arms around the members of his family and give them His eternal peace.”
- Loren and Janice Jepsen
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 9:08 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you!!”
- John and Micki Fischer
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 9:08 AM
“We are so sorry about the loss of Mike. May you, and everyone that you love, be filled with His peace at this time. ”
- Todd & Susan Rupert
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 9:08 AM
“Im so sorry for your loss. He was a great person to be around, never failed to make my day better. Can’t believe I barely saw last week up and going and all playful. My biggest condolences prayers for the family and here for any support. ”
- Dayana Lopez
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 9:08 AM
“Mike will be truly missed. He was always a joy to talk to when hauling into FAC. My families thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
- Brian Sieren
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 9:08 AM
Sorry for your loss. Sending condolences and prayers your way. Find comfort and peace through your memories. Hugs and Kisses”
- Laurel Kaiser
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 9:08 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. My husband Philip often talked about having coffee Mike. They will still be enjoying each others company now. Be strong knowing you are not alone. ”
- Gloria Sykes
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