Ruth Ann Porter, 75 of Taylorville, passed away at 11:47pm on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. She was born on February 15, 1946 in Breese, Illinois, the daughter of John and Henrietta (Beer) Loepker. She married Richard Dean Porter on July 30, 1966 in Litchfield. Ruth was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Women of the Moose in Taylorville. She worked for several years for the Breeze-Courier. Ruth loved to work outdoors. She spent countless hours tending to her yard and even took over mowing yards for her son when he went to college. Ruth and Dick loved to travel. Together they toured the entire country on the back of a Goldwing. When they were not traveling by motorcycle, they still drove and flew to countless destinations, in later years inviting their granddaughters to join them. Ruth and Dick enjoyed playing blackjack, a pastime that took them on many trips to Las Vegas and Tunica. Above all she adored her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband: Richard “Dick” Porter of Taylorville; children: Dawn Durbin (Marty) of Morrisonville and Jay Porter (Michelle) of Geneva; grandchildren: Jessie Borgic, Marissa Borgic, Shelby Porter, Sarah Porter, and Amelia Durbin; sisters: Bert Nash (Bob) of Oneida, Tennessee, Edna Zika of Edwardsville, and Florence Pry of Bellville; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; son: Jeff Porter; brother: Corky Loepker; and sister: Verena Brandt.

Mrs. Porter will be cremated and the family will host a celebration of life at a later date. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Ruth, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at

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