Francis Willard `Fran` Porch
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Francis Willard `Fran` Porch , Age: 76
March 31, 1941 -- February 18, 2018

Captain Francis W. Porch Lieutenant Colonel USAF 1941-2018 Francis (Fran) Porch, 76 of Overland Park, Kansas passed away on February 18, 2018. Born in Mt. Pleasant, PA to Ralph and Jean (Newill) Porch. Fran graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1963. He served on active duty for 6 years as a RF-4C pilot. He flew 100 missions over enemy territory in Vietnam and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, 9 Air Medals with Oak Leaf Cluster, and The Air Force Commendation Medal. Fran then served in the USAF reserves and had a 32 year career as a pilot for United Airlines. As a native of Pennsylvania, he was an avid fan of all Pittsburgh sports teams. He loved coaching his son’s baseball teams, spending time with his family and incredibly tight knit group of friends, and a good Manhattan. He will be lovingly remembered as a wonderful husband, father, brother and friend. Fran is survived by his wife of 52 years, Darleen (Kerwin), children and grandchildren, Christopher & Suzanne (Ryan, Jack), Bradley & Jennifer (Jackson, Ben, Brian), Darrin & Leslie (Grant, Katie, Ian), and by his siblings, Penny Porch, Pam Porch, and Tom Porch. Memorial service will be held at 10:00am Thursday, February 22nd at Church of the Ascension 9510 W 127th St, Overland Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any contributions be sent to, Class of ’63 Memorial Fund: Attn: Mr. Les Denend, 1300 Hobart St., Menlo Park, Ca 94025. Note: In honor of Lt. Col. Fran Porch Darleen and family wish to thank everyone for their love, support, and caring this past week. A very special thank you to the Ascension parish, especially Fr. Tom, Jean Hinman and Judy and Craig Arnold for their help and guidance.

Additional Service: Memorial Service
Location: Church of Ascension
Address: 9510 W 127th St.
City: Overland Park
State: Kansas
Zip Code: 66213
Date: February 22, 2018
Time: 10:00am
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Susan Superfine Huffman February 21, 2018

Fran’s Sister, Penny, is one of my dearest friends ❤️ Healdsburg , California

I’m so sorry for this huge loss to your family . May your many beautiful and happy memories help you all as you navigate through this huge, grievious and life changing time. May your “heart pockets” be full with your love for Fran, your husband, your father, your grandfather, your brother and your friend. ❤️💔❤️hqyh

Bryant and Linda Darnaby February 21, 2018

Friends Overland Park , Kansas

Dear Porch Family, Bryant and I will always remember Fran with love, as “one of a kind”. We will miss him so very much.We are grateful for over 45 years of friendship. Love, Bryant and Linda

Bill Berghoff February 21, 2018

Friend of Brad San Diego , California

The Porch family is in my thoughts and prayers. Fran was an exceptionally nice man and I am lucky to have known him. My heart goes out to Mrs. Porch during this difficult time. RIP Mr. Porch and may God’s favor and grace shine upon the entire Porch family.

Col Tim and Mrs deGavre February 21, 2018

Friend of the family Melfa , Virginia

We send our deepest condolences on your loss. Our prayers are for your family at this sad time.

Ross Jensen February 23, 2018

friend Overland Park , Kansas

Jennifer and I want to express our sympathy in Fran's passing. Saw it in the paper this evening was disheartened. We appreciate the friendship and good times we formerly shared. Our prayers are with you !

Douglas R Power February 27, 2018

USAFA 1963 Marathon , Florida

So long "Pooch." It was fun while it lasted. I'll miss you forever. Doug USAFA 1963 4th Squadron

Dominick & Joyce Martinelli February 27, 2018

Classmate & dear friend Boulder City , Nevada

Joyce and I were saddened to learn of Fran's passing. He was a great classmate, roommate and, above all, friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.