Ross H. Porter

Ross H. Porter, 101, of Liberty, MO, passed away on February 3, 2022, at home surrounded by loved ones.

Ross was born on February 2, 1921, to Neil and Olive (Bailey) Porter.  He was raised on a farm in Holt, MO, and then worked for the railroad in North Kansas City. In 1942, Ross was enlisted in the United States Army and served overseas in the European Theater of W.W.II. He was field commissioned to 2nd lieutenant in January of 1945, and decorated with 4 bronze stars, 3 purple hearts, a theater campaign medal, and victory medal. After the war, he resumed his work for the railroad and then farmed in Kidder and Liberty, MO. Ross soon met the love of his life, Dorothy Walters, and they were wed in 1949. In 1952, they welcomed their son, Marvin.

After retiring from farming, Ross continued to work, running a lawn care and snow removal business in Liberty from 1989 – 2019, retiring at the age of 98. He also drove cars for the KC Auto Auction for 20 years. Ross enjoyed spending time in his garden and always enjoyed the fresh tomatoes it produced. He loved his grandchildren dearly, never missing a gymnastics meet, horse show, baseball game, graduation, or wedding.

Ross was preceded in death by Dorothy, his wife of 67 years; sister, Hilma Smith; and daughter-in-law, Teresa (Ausmus) Porter.

He is survived by his son, Marvin Porter; grandchildren, Aaron (Elaine) Porter, Shellie (Ethan) Huff, Larissa (Travis) McClard, Brandon (Josie) Porter, and great grandchildren, Jacob Bush, Emily Bush, Ashtyn Porter, Kenzey McClard, and Lainey McClard.

The visitation is scheduled for 10 to 11 a.m. on February 8, 2022, the service immediately following at 11 a.m. at the Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, located at 208 S. Jefferson, Kearney, MO 64060. Burial at Fairview Cemetery, Kearney.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ross’s memory to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Our Sincere Condolences

Dear Marvin and family,
We are so sorry about the loss of your father and grandfather. Ross was an amazing man who lived a full and interesting life. Hilma always spoke so fondly of him and all of you. He loved his family and we know you will miss him.
Sincerely,
Your relatives in California – Becky, Cathy, Sue and Bill

May God be with you all during this time. Ross was always a pleasure to be around & always had a great story to tell. He will be greatly missed.
Roe Rosenau

Marvin, Aaron, Shelli, and Larissa.
So sorry to hear of Ross’s passing. It was a pleasure to know him and though I know you’ll miss him dearly, what a blessing to have him for so many years. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you all.
Keith and Kathy Kresse