Randall Herbert "Randy" Porter
1951 - 2016
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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.
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Published in The Columbian on Sep. 4, 2016.
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September 14, 2016
I sat behind Randy in CWP class in high school and we were good friends. I remember him turning around and pestering me. I remet him in 1988 in Fred Meyers parking lot. We were both shopping. We started dating. I would go with him occasionally to clean chimneys. He took care of me one time when I was really ill and drove me to the emergency room. One time he had a real bad toothache and I drove him to OHSU Dental School. We took care of each other. I love his family. They are great people. He was a good friend to me and I will never forget him.
Terresa Schram
September 10, 2016
So sorry to hear of Randy's passing. We dated awhile back in high school, before his accident, and I remember him as handsome, thoughtful, and very
funny. It was a surprise for me after we started dating, that his mother was
my English teacher ! Rest in peace, Randy, my old friend.
Linda Johnson (Vancouver)
September 7, 2016
To All, Randy was a great guy from an outstanding family! Wiedersehen in Walhalla. All the Best Regards.
Bill Timmins FVHS '69
September 6, 2016
Condolences Ann Sally Gail extended family and friends.
You can be proud of Randy's lasting legacy.

Randy: your stairway lies on the whispering wind...

Kenny Cochran
Kenny Cochran
September 6, 2016
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Randy. I went to Lewis with him and then lost contact with him when I went to Bay and he to Fort. I remember him well though, a very, very nice person. I am very sorry for your loss.
Debbie Wright Packer
September 4, 2016
Cathy Gregory
September 4, 2016
Fly on your heavenly wings to days full of sunshine, laugher, and joy. We will miss the jokes and smiles, always full of compliments and wit.
Love the Pasquinelli Clan
Tish Pasquinelli
September 4, 2016
Rest in peace Randy.
Karen King
September 4, 2016
Randy, we are going to miss all of the Christmas and thanksgiving dinners with you! You were always a delight to be around, we loved your stories and chatting with you about life and such! You will be truly missed! Rest in peace Randy! Love kevin, Jayde and Liam hall
Jayde Hall
September 4, 2016
Dear Cousin Randy,
Even though you were about 18 yrs older than me, I still have memories of you and they always include a smile on your face, or laughter, and conversation. All if my memories are of you after the car accident, and even before I was old enough to know or understand what had happened to you, I just knew you were cousin randy and that you were always really nice and had a smile on your face. I didn't get to be around you a lot while I was growing up, but I am thankful for the positive memories I will carry with me about you. I am imagining you up in heaven with our loved ones that have gone before us. I will never forget you dear Randy.
Love always, your cousin Andrea
Andrea Porter
September 4, 2016
I will miss my big brother more than I can say. We became especially close over the last 8 years since our Mom passed away and I was more involved with helping him as need be. He kept his wonderful sense of humor and positive attitude, in spite of everything that had happened to him...something I admire greatly! I will always keep the picture in my mind of his smiling face when he would see I was there to visit, saying "Hey, everybody, here is my sister! Isn't she excellent!" What would I give to be able to hear that one more time? Rest easy in peace and comfort, dear brother, until we meet again! I will love and miss you forever and a day! Your baby sister...
Gail Zumwalt
September 4, 2016
The road is long, with many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where, who knows when
But I'm strong, strong enough to carry him
He ain't heavy, he's my brother

So on we go, his welfare is of my concern
No burden is he to bear, we'll get there
For I know, he would not encumber me
He ain't heavy, he's my brother

If I'm laden at all, I'm laden with sadness
That everyone's heart isn't filled with the gladness
Of love for one another

It's a long, long road, from which there is no return
While we're on the way to there, why not share
And the load, doesn't weigh me down at all
He ain't heavy, he's my brother

No, he ain't heavy, he's my brother

Love and miss you today and evermore, Randy!
Your sisters, Ann, Sally and Gail
Gail Zumwalt
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