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Steve Porter

September 24, 1942 — December 5, 2022

Steve Porter, 80, of Corning, Iowa, entered eternal rest on Monday, December 5, 2022 in Corning. Private Graveside Services will be held at the Grove Cemetery in rural Lenox, Iowa. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at the Corning United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Memories and condolences may be left at

Steven Bernard Porter, the son of James Bernard and Elizabeth (Walton) Porter, was born on September 24, 1942 in Altoona, Iowa. Steve graduated from Southeast Polk High School with the Class of 1960. He then attended Iowa State University graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in animal science. On September 16, 1961, Steve married Donna Kay Morlan in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Three children: Laura, Wendy and Matt would bless this union. Steve and Donna lived in Nevada, Iowa for ten years prior to moving to their current farm south of Corning in 1974.

Steve was a hard worker and was one never to set idle. During the day he would tend to his farm raising cattle, pigs, crops and later sheep. After his farm work was finished, he would go to work as mechanic working late into the night. In his own words he was a “Jack of all trades and a master of none”!

He liked stockcar and motorcycle racing, tractor pulls, and flying. He enjoyed many trips on his motorcycle with friends and family. He also enjoyed riding horses. He was an avid musician playing the guitar and banjo. Steve was a good neighbor and enjoyed taking time to support the neighborhood kids.

Steve was a member of the Windriders 1533, Blacksmith and Welder’s Association and the Nut’s on Wheels Motorcycle Club. He was a lifetime member of the American Motorcycle Association and the National Rifle Association. He held various offices in all the associations he was a part of.

Left to cherish Steve’s memory are his children: Laura Fritz of Corning, Iowa, Wendy Marshall and husband, John of Nodaway, Iowa and Matt Porter and wife, Sarah of Exira, Iowa; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren; sister, Ruth Hurst and husband, Gail of Michigan; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Steve was preceded in death by his wife, Donna; parents, James and Elizabeth; infant grandson, Aiden; aunt, Bernice Walton and mother and father-in-law, Edith and Donal Morlan.

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Service Schedule

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Celebration of Life Gathering

Saturday, December 17, 2022

11:00am - 1:00 pm (Central time)

Corning United Methodist Church

901 Nodaway Street, Corning, IA 50841

The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall. A luncheon will be provided. A private graveside service will be at Grove Cemetery, rural Lenox, Iowa.

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