Verne Barton Porter

June 21, 1954 - April 18, 2021

Verne Barton Porter, 66, a resident of Cape Coral, formerly of Apple Valley, MN, passed away on Sunday, April 18th, 2021 in Cape Coral. He was born June 21, 1954 in Richmond, IN to Verne Jr. and Eleanor Porter, now deceased. 
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Becky Porter of Prior Lake, MN; two children, Laura Nierenhausen (Nick) of Champlin, MN and Brian Porter (Kristen Panther) of Madison, WI; one sister, Cheryl Muelken (Doug) of Prior Lake, MN; two brothers, Bob Porter of Palm Springs, CA and Scott Porter (Vanessa) of Lakeville, MN; three grandchildren, Will, Reese and Henry; several nieces and nephews as well as three feline friends. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be distributed to causes Bart was passionate about. Friends are invited to share memories (and funny stories) via the online guest book below. 
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 27 at 10 am at Hosanna Church (9600 163rd St. West, Lakeville, MN) and a private Celebration of Life at 11 am. Masks and social distancing are required. Friends are invited to live stream the service at the following link.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Panchito Ojeda Apr 23, 2021 at 9:42 am

    I got to meet Bart when I was a student at Marquette University after becoming friend with Brian. I don’t have any particular story about Bart that sticks out but I remember always having great smiles with him. He was laid back and always had a smile for me which as a young kid was amazing. We will miss you Bart!

  2. Paula Vander Schaaf Apr 23, 2021 at 10:02 am

    We enjoyed Bart as a great neighbor and friend! We got to see him in his happy place-on his boat, on the river. He enjoyed time with family and was good with our kids as well.
    He was also very instrumental in helping us in various stages of the addition to our home as well. He was a wealth of information and “knew people” in the right places. He has meant so much to our family over the years. He will be truly missed!

  3. Paula Vander Schaaf Apr 23, 2021 at 10:29 am

    When Bart moved down to Florida, we would attempt to get him and Becky together with us during his visits to MN.  Sometimes this was over his birthday week- and us neighbors would celebrate all of our June birthdays together.  He was  a joker and his smile was infectious!

  4. Darrell and Linda Nierenhausen Apr 23, 2021 at 10:40 am

    As parents of Nick Nierenhausen, we have gotten to know Bart and Becky over the last few years. My best memory of Bart looking so proud as he walked Laura down the aisle at her wedding in the sands of Hawaii. It was a beautiful day none of us who were there will forget. Our deepest sympathies.

  5. Olivia Charnegie Apr 23, 2021 at 10:42 am

    I have fond memories of Bart from Camp Hope, NJ, our church camp, where I believe Becky and Bart first met. We were lucky to have Becky, Bart, Laura and Brian live near us in PA in the early years of Becky and Bart’s marriage. Sorry to hear of Bart’s passing.

  6. Sam Puppe Apr 23, 2021 at 11:13 am

    I’m saddened to hear this news. My ex and I went down to Fort Myers, FL in spring of 2018. Stayed with Becky and Bart for a couple nights in Cape Coral. Bart was one of the nicest, friendliest, and hospitable people I’ve met. He certainly enjoyed his southern sweet tea chicken and a specific Key Lime pie! My prayers go out to the Porter family. He will be missed!

  7. Eric Carl Apr 23, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Bart Porter was a constant fixture on the sidelines across all the years of youth soccer for us as kids. He always had such a recognizable voice, even in the middle of a full sprint, you still had no issues hearing when Mr Porter was giving the ref some advice, cheering the team on, or even giving Brian some much needed coaching tips!!!

    From the pre-teen years all the way to college and beyond, I am so appreciative of the consistent support and kindness that Bart Porter shared with me and I know with so many others as well.

  8. Michelle Apr 24, 2021 at 6:50 am

    Becky, you are thought of often. I’m am so sorry for your loss. I’m praying for you during this difficult time. May God bring you peace and strength.
    Love, Michelle Speiker & The Girls

  9. Jackie Monfils Apr 24, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    We were able to spend an evening with Bart, Becky, Brian and Kristen at the Comedy Club in Madison many years ago. I will never forget how distinctive and boisterous Bart laughed from the back of the club. So much laughter.

  10. Chuck and Rae Maciosek Apr 26, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    Bart will always be remembered as a kind and thoughtful friend to us both in Florida and Minnesota. He was always willing to check on our house and boat in Florida, when we were away. He took of any problems, and would send pictures of the fruit trees or things that were amiss so that everything was taken care of.
    We hope his family finds comfort in remembering the kind and thoughtful man that he was.

  11. Louis Paster Apr 26, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    I remember when Scott and I worked for Bart (late 80s) while we were in high school. Bart always had a job for us cleaning up construction sites or one of his boats. He was a great guy and I considered him a friend. Bart had a nice way as an adult when we were kids, of making us feel important. He had a good ear and was happy to offer advice. I’m sorry to miss the celebration of life.

    Deepest condolences to all of the family.
    Louis & Ali

  12. Rita Ryan (formerly DiRico) Apr 26, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    Bart was always ready to lend a hand to help anyone. His presence throughout the “soccer years” was always appreciated. He loved all the kids and was a kind and generous man. The world is a bit sadder now that he has left us. He certainly left footprints on many people’s lives.

  13. Flora Schneider Apr 26, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    My favorite memory is from many years ago when we all lived on Ridge Drive in Lititz. Bart and Bob were teenagers and would wrestle on the front lawn. We had a miniature schnauzer who didn’t like it and would rush across the street and nip at whoever was on top to stop the “violence.”

    We had dinner with Bart a few years ago here in Florida. It was so great to catch up after many years.

    Our sympathy to Becky and all the family. He was a wonderful young man and a loss to all who knew him.

  14. Pastor Apr 26, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    May God comfort you, Brian, and your entire family with His peace and presence during this time of loss and grief. I am praying for you.

  15. Barbara Packham Apr 27, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Uncle Nolan and I,Aunt Barbara are thankful we know where you are and at peace and we will see you again.. Words can not express how much we will miss you and all our memories of being with you… WE love you forever.

  16. John and Renee Judge Apr 27, 2021 at 6:54 am

    Becky, Laura, Brian and Families –
    May the Good LORD comfort your heart and the hearts of all of your Families and Friends during this difficult time. May you know, with confident assurance that Bart now rests in GOD’S Glorious Kingdom of Heaven. May you find Peace in that as you reflect on his life and the legacy he left behind. While he will be missed greatly here, I trust to know that we will all be reunited with him in the sweet by and by one glorious day. I will miss you my Friend and I am grateful to GOD that I was Blessed to know you. You left a lasting impression on all those who were fortunate to be called your “Friend”. Looking forward to seeing you one day soon.
    With Love and GOD’S Blessings Always –
    John and Renee Judge
    “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” – Revelation 21:4

  17. Susan Nielsen Apr 27, 2021 at 7:33 am

    Lots of great memories with Bart. Summers at our Nana’s ‘house at the shore’ in Ocean City NJ, endless days and weeks playing in the waves and sand; many attempts to dig a hole to China with clam shells, only to find we hit water about two feet down!; tobogganing down Porter’s hill in Lancaster PA; and my parents and I spending two great weeks with Bart in Florida in 2018. He was a good man with a heart of gold, a dear cousin whose calls and texts on our birthdays and holidays will be greatly missed. Love you Bart…

  18. Matt Noble Apr 27, 2021 at 8:57 am

    I feel honored to have known Bart he was a great friend. I will miss hanging with him at Rocker shows. My condolences Becky and family. Take some comfort that Bart was loved by many.

  19. Danyel Mattson Apr 28, 2021 at 9:06 am

    We are saddened to hear about the loss of your husband Becky. You and your beautiful family are in our prayers.
    Damon, Danyel, Gray, Brock Mattson

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