Thomas "Tom" J. Porter

May 6, 1928July 9, 2013

Tom Porter, 85, of Overland Park, KS passed away on July 9th, 2013. Tom was born in Kansas City, MO on May 6th, 1928. He grew up on his family’s dairy farm located where the Macy’s store is now in Prairie Village. Tom was a member of the Santa Fe Trail Riders in the late 1930’s. He attended Shawnee Mission Rural High School, now Shawnee Mission North. After graduation, Tom enlisted in the Army for two years, spending one year in Japan following World War II. Tom was the last Fire Chief of the Elmhurst Fire Department. Tom sold insurance and real estate for many years and owned Jayhawk Kennels and Storage for 30 years in Olathe. Tom was a charter member of OPHS and served on the board and on the social committee.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen and his son Timothy Porter. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary; son, Dan Porter; daughter-in-laws, Rory and Evelyn; 4 grandchildren: Kelsey, T.J., Regan, and Paige Porter; 2 step-sons; 4 step-grandchildren; 3 step-great-grandchildren; brother, Richard Porter and wife Karen; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, July 13, 2013, at the Overland Park Presbyterian Church, 8029 Overland Park Dr., O.P.KS, with a visitation prior to the service from 10:00 to 11:00am at the church. Burial will be in Corinth Cemetery with full military Honors.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 13, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, July 13, 2013

Thomas "Tom" J. Porter

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Rory Porter

June 29, 2014

It's coming up on a are loved and missed!

Rory Ann Porter

April 27, 2014

Just remembering you today Dear One! You are loved and missed


July 20, 2013

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Porter. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

Bill Harper

July 19, 2013

Dan and family, I am so sad to hear of your loss. Tom will long be remembered as the man he was and for his service to Elmhurst and the community. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

July 12, 2013

Dear family of Tom Porter, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We cherished our friendship and grateful for the time we had together. God Bless you, Phil and Johnnye Summerson

Sue and Dick Dyrness

July 11, 2013

Mary and family, we were saddened to hear of Tom's passing. We always enjoyed the times we were able to be with you and Tom. He lived a life rich with wonderful memories for you all to treasure. We will not be able to attend his service, but you are all in our prayers during this difficult time. Sincerely, Sue and Dick Dyrness

Jerry and Rich Ballard

July 11, 2013

We are so sorry to hear about Tom. We've enjoyed visiting with him through the years at Sunrise Beach where we were neighbors and loved hearing about his childhood memories at the dairy farm. Our thoughts are with you, Mary, and his children and Grandchildren.


July 11, 2013

Mary, I am so sad to hear of Tom's passing. He was one of my favorite customers and it was always so much fun to converse with him when he came to the bank. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family, he will be missed. Tom Davies