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BLOOMINGTON - Charles B. “Chuck” Porter, 83, of 14 Heartland Drive, Bloomington, died at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 21, 2006) at ManorCare in Normal.

His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Pat Meyer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ISU Foundation c/o Porter Scholar for Leadership, University Christian Church of Normal or a charity of the donor's choice.

Charles was born June 8, 1922, in Homer, the son of Charles G. and Marian Baddeley Porter. He married Betty Belle Irvin on July 4, 1944, in Normal. She survives and resides at the Bickford House in Bloomington.

Other survivors include two daughters, Janet (Jurgen) Suhr, Carlock, and Barbara (Isaac) Schlosser, Grand Forks, N.D.; one brother, Philip (Marjorie) Porter, Aurora; one granddaughter, Kori (Christopher) Kobel; two great-grandchildren, Katie and Benjamin Kobel; two nieces; and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Charles was an Army veteran of World War II, serving from 1943 to 1946.

He graduated from Normal Community High School in 1940. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1948 and his Master of Science degree in 1950, both from Illinois State Normal University, and his Doctor of Education in 1957 from the University of Illinois.

Mr. Porter taught at Marshall High School, the University of Illinois and was professor of industrial technology at Illinois State University. While at ISU, he was head of the Industrial Technology Department from 1961 to 1966, was the first dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology and served in that role from 1967 to 1975. He retired in 1979 from ISU as associate director of the Computer Center.

Mr. Porter served as president of the Brokaw Hospital Board, president of the Normal Rotary Club and was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. He also held membership in several educational organizations.

He was a member of University Christian Church, Normal.

In retirement, he and his wife Betty enjoyed summers at their cabin on Gull Lake, near Brainerd, Minn., and world travels to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Fiji.

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