Richard L. Porr, most commonly known as Dick Porr, 89, of Manheim, died on Tuesday, September 6th, 2022, at his residence. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia A. (Zapcic) Porr.
Born in Dauphin County on December 21st, 1932, Dick was the son of the late John C. and Dena (Wine) Porr.
Dick left behind a legacy of strength, compassion, adversity, and above all – love. He was a child of the Great Depression who grew up to make his country proud when he was drafted into the United States Army in service of the Korean War at the age of 18. Shortly after returning from War, Dick became a husband to the love of his life, Pat, where they shared 57 wonderful years tending to their love and devotion to one another. Together they became parents, where they raised 3 wonderful children in their home in Highspire, PA. There, they enjoyed the simple life with their family dog, a Saint Bernard named Lisa. After the 1972 Flood, Dick and Pat moved to York, Pa. One of his favorite past-times was afternoons when he and Pat would unwind and go Square Dancing together. While being a husband and father were pillars in his life, Dick held great pride in his workmanship. He was a Plant Manager at Glen-Gery Brick in York, Pa, and retired after 33 years of service to the company. As his three children grew and married, Dick had the great pleasure of becoming a grandfather. To his 7 grandchildren, he was known as Paw-Paw. In his retirement, Dick enjoyed various outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, and snowmobiling in Potter County, Pa. He held a deep love for the mountain and, with the help of his own two hands, built his legacy home on 51 acres of God’s Country at the crest of a mountaintop in Germania, Pa. There, he and Pat enjoyed retirement with their Saint Bernards, Samson and later Barkley. Each day welcomed scents of freshly baked bread, cinders from the wood stove, cedar chips from the wood shop, and the subtle floral breeze from windows left cracked open in the kitchen. Their humble home, known as The Camp, was the foundation of fond family memories. After nearly 20 years on the mountaintop, Dick and his wife, Pat, relocated to Manheim, Pa, where they lived out the remainder of their years.
Surviving is three children, Cathy L. Moyer of Manheim, Richard H. Porr, husband of Judy of Rockstream, NY, Stephen J. Porr, husband of Mary of York, 7 grandchildren, Richard C. Smee, Grace E. Miller, Katie E. Moyer, Lisa Vargeson, Michael Southard, Erica N. Ehrbaker, Bailey J. Porr, 5 great-grandchildren, Cody Vargeson, Mackenzie, Dylan, Alex, and Anne Elyse Miller.
In addition to his wife, Richard was preceded in death by 7 siblings, Lylie Getz, John Porr, Laura Dial, William Porr, Raymond Porr, Fred Porr, and Gerald Porr.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, in his memory.
Kreamer Funeral Home and Crematory, Annville, is handling arrangements.