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“Sheila and family, we will truly miss Earl and the fun times we shared in Door County. We are very sorry for your loss and are holding you in our...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Rich & Gail Rudolph - Mason, OH

“Sheila and Family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
2 of 15 | Posted by: Kathy Ball

“Shiela & Family, sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: Uncle Leo

“Sheila and family, So sorry to hear of Earl's passing. He was a great guy and I loved talking to him whenever we got together. His loss will...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Jeff and Diane Walters

“Dear Sheila and family. Earl was a wonderful guy and will be greatly missed. I treasure the opportunity to have been in your wedding. Love to all....Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Eric Andersen - Kaukauna, WI

“Sheila & Family, We are so saddened by your loss. June did a wonderful job of letting us know your journey. He was very Blessed to have such a...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Dick and Ruth Vandenberg

“Sheila: So sorry to hear of Earl's death. I last visited with him at the Paper Industry Retired Executives luncheon a few month's ago. I first got...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Glenn L Schilling

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you. ”
8 of 15 | Posted by: Todd and Jeanne Gilson

“Shelia & Dawn, All of your friends at Midwest send there thoughts and prayers to both of you. ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: Kay Wilkins

“Sheila & Family, So very sorry to hear of your loss of Earl, remember the good times, keep them close in your hearts, they will help you thru...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Cindy (Lamers) Anderson

“Sheila please know we are praying and thinking of you and your family. Sorry we cannot be with you on Friday but you and Earl will always be in our...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: John and Cindy Unkefer

“Sorry to hear of Earl's passing. I remember him subbing at BNI several times. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Greg & Rob Laabs, GNR Equipment,LLC

“Sheila and family, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Tom & Barb Brochtrup

“Dear Sheila, I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless you and your family and give you His peace. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Dixie Braemer

“We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you, wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain. ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: Tim and Janet Hodges

Erland Curtis Porter, Jr., age 76 of Appleton, passed away on July 23, 2017 after an 18-month courageous fight with cancer. Earl was born on July 9, 1941 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was a graduate of Quincy High School in Quincy, Massachusetts. Later, he attended Hanover College in Indiana and received his Master’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of Dayton. He started his career as a research scientist with NCR. He then moved to Appleton with NCR and finished his career as Technical Director with Midtec/Repap/StoraEnso in Kimberly, WI. On December 27, 1991, two families joined together when Earl married his wife, Sheila Schmidt. Earl’s accomplishments included, running in the Fox Cities Marathon, biking in the Bago 100 and skiing in the Birkebeiner. Although not a member of the Kaukauna Rotary, he received the Paul Harris Fellow award for helping with their fundraising activities and community volunteering. Earl loved being on the water and sailed everywhere from Lake Winnebago to the Caribbean Islands. He enjoyed walking the “real” beach in Ft. Myers Beach in Florida. Interests included stamp collecting, cooking, scuba diving and snorkeling. In retirement, he loved playing with his grandchildren and spending time with friends - dining together, taking saunas, or playing cribbage. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Sheila, children: Jennifer (Porter) and James Buck, Carrie (Porter) and Brian Diamond, Dawn (Knorr) and Brian Haessly, and Todd and Jacki Knorr; grandchildren Kaden, Elijah, and Jacob Buck, Rachel Placeway, Gavin and Brinley Haessly, and Evan and Elaina Knorr; siblings John Porter and his partner Tim Patricca, and Jean and Al Corrieri as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Erland and Ruth Porter. There will be a memorial service at Wichmann Funeral Homes, Superior Street location in Appleton on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 4:00pm. Join the family for food and fellowship at a gathering following the service until 8:00pm. For more information and to express condolences, please visit The family would like to thank the staff and nurses of ThedaCare at Home Hospice, Jenna at Senior Helpers, and all the friends and family who offered care and support over the last 18 months. Family was always the most important priority for Earl. His family and friends continue to be inspired by Earl's selfless actions, willingness to try new things, adventures in athletics, and knowledge of and appreciation for random facts and trivia. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established.