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Kermit Wright Port, 88, of 6124 Isenberg Lane, Alexandria, Logan Township, died at 7:35 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, at his residence.

Born Nov. 6, 1931, at his family home in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Walter and Mertie (Howell) Port. He was united in marriage to Alma Jean Price June 29, 1951, at the former United Church in Christ, Alexandria. Mrs. Port preceded him in death Dec. 23, 2014.

Surviving are a daughter, Josie Port Koll and husband, David, State College; grandchildren, Justine Pope and husband, Dustin, Pleasant Gap, Jed Koll, State College, and Kaylie Hebert and husband, Chase, Beaumont, Texas; and great-grandchildren, Brett Pope, Timmy Pope, Juliet Pope, Drake Hebert and Solomon Hebert.

A sister, Marian Gates, Huntingdon, and a sister-in-law, Ethel Price, Smithfield, also survive.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Harold Port, John Port, Harvey “Skip” Port, Jack Port and Dale Port and sisters, Anna Martha Rohland and Rachel Port.

Mr. Port was of the Protestant faith.

He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from Aug. 20, 1950, to Aug. 20, 1954, with the 4th Naval Base in Philadelphia.

Mr. Port served for 62 years as a forest fire warden for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was a lifetime member and past fire chief of Petersburg Volunteer Fire Co., a lifetime member of the Alexandria Volunteer Fire Co., member of Quarry Hollow Hunting Club and past trustee of Cedar Grove Cemetery.

He was a 1950 graduate of Juniata Valley High School.

Mr. Port retired after working for a number of years as a foreman and machinist for Technitrol, formerly in Petersburg. After retirement he worked part-time as a machinist for Coil Specialty Co., State College.

He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and Kerm’s coffee shop was where he could be found most mornings. He enjoyed butchering deer in his shop and was once an avid hunter and fisherman. He was an avid Penn State fan and hiking alone behind the brickyard in Alexandria was a special time for him to be with the Lord.

He was a lifetime resident of Huntingdon County and had resided at his Isenberg Lane address since 1973.

A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Cutright Funeral Homes — Smithfield Chapel, 313 Fairgrounds Road, Huntingdon, with the Revs. Jeff Glenny and Mark Mohnkern officiating. Private interment will be held in spring 2020 at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Petersburg.

Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Petersburg Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 254, Petersburg, PA 16669.

Online condolences may be offered at www.huntingdondailynews.com.