Benjamin E. Porter

July 3, 1929April 1, 2019

CMSgt Benjamin E. Porter, age 89 of Riverside, passed away Monday, April 1, 2019. He was born the son of Agnes and Wesley Porter on July 3, 1929 in Hampton, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Mary Porter; parents; and 2 brothers, Cecil and John. Benjamin is survived by his daughters Dianne (Frank) Martone of Bellport, New York and Nancy (Duane) Weaver of Fairborn, sons Frank (Molly) Porter of Rochester, New York and Jim (Betty) Porter of Manhattan, Kansas; 23 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; brother, Clifford (Shirley) Porter of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Elva Lou Craig, his loving companion for the last 6 years; and several nieces and nephews.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be missed by all who love him. His Air Force career spanned 29 years, including a tour in Vietnam. After retirement, he worked an additional 15 years as a civil servant of the US Government. Benjamin was a true patriot who loved God and country.

Friends may call on Friday, April 5, 2019, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Burcham Tobias Funeral Home, 119 E. Main St., Fairborn, Ohio, where a celebration of his life will follow at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 10:00 AM at Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, 954 N. Maple Ave., Fairborn, Ohio, with Rev. Charles F. Lang, Celebrant. Interment at Fairfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Benjamin’s memory to Ohio's Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, Ohio, 45420. Condolences may be sent to the family at


  • Visitation Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, April 6, 2019

Benjamin E. Porter

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Jeff Hallett

April 6, 2019

I worked with Ben for many years at WPAFB. Ben was a great guy, a real patriot, and real pleasure to be around. He will be well and truly missed.

My condolences to the family.

Don & Mary Hoyle

April 5, 2019

Dear Ben
What great times we shared with you while we worked side by side at HQ. AFMC. You were a true patriot who shared your vast experience with us as we forged ahead. We always welcomed your smile and talents with us.

Friendships were made, and our little group always stood side by side with you. We also remember your walks by our home in Forest Ridge, with a smile on your face and a friendly wave.

Thank you for sharing your ups and down with us at Christmas time...we cherish your remembrance and will always remember you..

May God be with you and Mary now, together again

Don & Mary Hoyle

Teresa Cramer-Ryan

April 5, 2019

Prayers are with you today and tomorrow as you lay your Dad (loved one) to rest. My Mom Cora Sue Caudill passed away in the room next to your Dad. Thinking of all of you, may God give you comfort.

Nena Walby

April 2, 2019

I never met Gene but we were first cousins. My Daddy Carl Bull was his Mom’s sister. Sending deepest condolences to his kids grandkids great grandkids and brother Clifford and family.