Oneida-Quentin J. Porter, 85

Oneida-Quentin J. Porter, 85, of Oneida, N.Y. died Monday afternoon Oct. 10, 2011 with his family by his side in the comfort of Francis House Syracuse, N.Y. where he had been since Sept. 29, 2011. 

He was born on March 20 1926 in Berlin, Wis., the son of Harold A. and Helen Lubenetski Porter. 

Quentin graduated from Berlin High School in Wisconsin and was a graduate of Marquette University in 1950 with a bachelorís degree in electrical engineering. 

While at Marquette, he was called up for military service on March 10, 1944. Quentin served in the United States Navy from 1944-1946. He was a member of the original crew of the new aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain, which was christened and commissioned on Sunday, June 1, 1945. It was the first time in naval history a ship was christened and commissioned on the same day. 

He married Jeanne Bodenbach in 1949, in Wisconsin. Quentin and Jeanne were happily married for 40 years. Jeanne, affectionately known to all as "Mama Jeanne," passed away in 1989 after her own battle with cancer. 

From 1950 to 1954 he worked for the United States Air Force at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. At Wright Patterson Quentin developed the radar systems on the F-94 jet fighter. The test fighter for the radar system he developed is in the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. 

In 1954 Quentin and Jeanne and their family moved to Upstate New York, where he worked at Rome Air Development Center at Griffiss AFB until 1982. While at RADC Quentin held many leadership positions, including leadership of the Verona, Newport and Stockbridge Test Sites for radar systems testing. In 1978, Quentin was awarded the Decoration for Exceptional Service for his work at RADC. 

After retiring from Rome Air Development Center in 1982, Quentin worked as a telecommunications project manager on several large projects in the Middle East, Africa, North and South America. Quentin spent his entire adult life working to keep our country safe. 

Quentin was a member of St. Patrickís Church in Oneida and had served as an usher for over 30 years. He was a long-time member of the Oneida Elks Lodge #767, Oneida American Legion Post 169, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Knights of Columbus E. Bart Hanifin Council #473 in Oneida.

He is survived by his four children Beth Miles (and husband Tom) of Charlottesville, Va., and their children Danielle (and husband Jesse) Smallwood, Theresa Miles and Kevin Miles; Dr. Lawrence Porter (and wife Christine) of West Bend, and their children Thomas Porter and Laura Porter; Dr. Terry Nickel (and husband Lloyd) of Colville, Wash., and their children Jack Nickel and Becky Nickel; Patricia Cummings (and husband Stan) of Colville, Wash., and their son Christopher Cummings; his great-grandchildren Tyler, Nicole, Isabelle and Lucas, and his two sisters Genie Whiddon of Bainbridge, Ga. and Phyllis Thomas of Cincinnati, and several nieces and nephews. 

Quentin and all his family are deeply grateful to the staff and volunteers at Francis House for the care and support they have given. On his first day at Francis House Quentin said he felt like he was at home and safe in their care. 

A graveside memorial service was held 10 a.m. Saturday Oct. 15, 2011 in St. Patrickís Cemetery, Oneida. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ironside Funeral Home, Inc. 342 Main St., Oneida. In his memory memorial contributions may be made to Francis House, 108 Michaels Ave., Syracuse, N.Y. 13208. 

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