RANDALL "RANDY" HERBERT PORTER
April 24, 1951 ~ August 28, 2016
Randall Herbert Porter passed away Sunday August 28, 2016 at Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, WA with sisters Ann, Gail and nephew, David's, wife Tisha at his side. His all time favorite song by Led Zeppelin "Stairway to Heaven" playing to guide his way. He was born April 24, 1951 in Vancouver, WA to Archie L. Porter, Jr. and Shirley Peironnet Porter (Thomsen) where he remained a life long resident.
He is survived by his three sisters, Ann Peironnet, Sally Andruss (Michael "Spike") and Gail Zumwalt (Alva "Bert") as well as 2 nieces, Denise Pasquinelli (Oliver Ogden) and Joanie Andruss and one nephew, David Pasquinelli (Tisha). Randy graduated in 1969 from Fort Vancouver High School where he was on the swim team and participated in the All City Musical "Annie Get Your Gun".
In spite of a traumatic brain injury due to a car accident at age 20, Randy lived a life well lived for many years. He had his own business, Porter Sweep Chimney Service and had many return customers, as Randy was always friendly, cheerful and hard working. If any of us needed help with anything he would be right there to do what ever needed doing. He had a big heart and loved animals and kids. (He could do a mean Donald Duck imitation!)
He had a great sense of humor which served him well through the years. Randy enjoyed spending time in coffee shops, striking up conversation with whomever he met, often having lively debates about religion or politics...topics that were off limits with us!
When Randy started to have more issues with his memory about 5 years ago, he ultimately had to go into assisted living. When the decision was made to sell the house in Rosemere he had lived in for nearly 40 years, many of the neighbors came by to say how much they missed him and how they had kept an eye out for him over the years.
He was well loved by so many people and will be greatly missed indeed! We are glad that he is now free of the constraints of a failing mind and body and he is flying free with the Angels! A big hole is left on this earth where he once stood, but, he will always and forever be in our hearts. Be at peace, dear brother, and remember,
we always know where you are! Until we meet again...
Many thanks to Avamere Cascade Park for taking care of Randy and putting his needs before anything else, even though they didn't "have" to, and also to West View Care AFH that showed him respect and compassion during the brief period of time he was in their care. And of course, all of the staff at Ray Hickey House that were there for Randy and his family right to the end.
There will be a memorial service at the home we grew up in (sister Gail's home now), 7119 NE 31st Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98665 on Saturday, September 17th from 2-5 PM with light snacks and refreshments served. Hope to see some old friends and family come by and share some good stories about Randy with us!
Donations may be sent to Clark County Humane Society.
Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits