Howard Sylvester PortHoward Sylvester Port, 81, passed peacefully from this earth into the loving arms of God on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, Minn., surrounded by family.
Howard Sylvester Port, 81, passed peacefully from this earth into the loving arms of God on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, Minn., surrounded by family. He was born in Swan River, Minn., in 1928. He proudly served his country as an Air Force machinist in the 4th Air Repair Squadron in World War II and met his wife of 60 years, Phyllis Nick, through letters she would write him overseas. Throughout his life, Howard worked as proprietor of the Mobile Station, the Frank Lloyd Wright Station, and B&B Market in Cloquet, became a police officer for the city of Cloquet, and retired from Potlatch paper mill in 1994. Some years back, Howard was appointed mayor of Balsam Township by his deer hunting buddies and wore the title well. He has been a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and the VFW, the Eagles, and the American Legion organizations for over 50 years. Howard was an active man who loved to hunt and ice fish with family and friends. He tended a large garden, which kept him busy, and was on a never-ending quest to find the biggest and best agates, of which he found many. He was a master of the fish fry and enjoyed making homemade wine, peanut butter cookies, venison jerky, pickled fish and sauerkraut, and generously shared them with others. His grandchildren and great-grandchild were the light of his life and he looked forward to spending time with them whenever possible. Howard gave of himself unselfishly to anyone who needed it and faithfully took care of his family to the end. He was a strong and proud man, even in death, and will be deeply missed.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph and Irene Port, brothers Adolph Port, John Port and Ernest Port, and sister Evelyn Morgan.
He is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis Port; one son, Howard (Kerry) Port Jr.; four daughters, Carolyn (Stuart) Wang, Eva Stowell, Susan (Jeff) Lindmeier and Bonnie (Chris) Vanderpool; eight grandsons, two granddaughters, and one great-granddaughter; sister Irene Pochucha; and brothers Robert (Jean) Port and Chester (Karen) Port.
Howard's family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the Solvay Hospice House staff for the wonderful care they gave him in his last days and for the comfort and support they provided to the entire family. We were blessed to find such compassionate and caring people in this difficult time.
Visitation will be Saturday, Oct. 2, from noon until the 1 p.m. funeral service at Nelson Funeral Care, 1004 Cloquet Ave., Cloquet. Interment services will be at the Pine River Cemetery on Highway 33 North in Cloquet with full military honors presented by the Cloquet Honor Guard. A time of fellowship and luncheon will follow at Nelson Funeral Care.
Arrangements provided by Nelson Funeral Care of Cloquet, 218-879-3225. See the family online guest book at www.nelsonfuneralcare.net.
September 30, 2010 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.