Clarence “Raymond” Porter

June 3, 1925 - November 10, 2023 West Grove, PA | Age 98

Clarence “Raymond” Porter, 98, passed away Friday, November 10, 2023 at Christiana Hospital. He was the husband of Patsy Porter with whom he shared 64 loving years of marriage.

Raymond was born the fourth youngest of five children to Clarence and Rhoda Porter in West Grove, PA on June 3, 1925. He worked on the family farm during his early years before buying the local hardware store, Marvel & Smith, Inc, located in West Grove and owning it until his retirement.

Raymond was a lifetime resident of West Grove. He graduated from Avon Grove High School – Class of 1943.

Raymond wore many titles: son, brother, husband, dad, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and friend. Raymond loved farming and raising farm animals and crops. Raymond also loved bowling and was in a weekly bowling league for more than a decade. He enjoyed spending his evenings and days off mowing the lawn, tinkering on equipment, working on the farm, hunting, watching sports or spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy, his three daughters: Rhoda Quickel, Bonnie Porter, and Lori Porter, three granddaughters: Samantha, Sabrina and Cori, and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Porter.

In his memory, we ask that you take a moment to hug your loved ones or take a walk in nature. Time waits for no one.

A viewing will be held on Saturday November 18th, 2023 from 9:30am to 10:30am at Foulk Funeral Home, 200 Rose Hill Rd, West Grove, Pa 19390. A funeral service will be held from 10:30am to 11:30am. Burial will follow at New London United Methodist Cemetery.

For online condolences, visit Arrangements by Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, PA.



November 18, 2023 12:30pm New London United Methodist Cemetery
1010 State Rd.
Lincoln University, PA


  1. Bonnie and Family,

    Sorry to see your father’s passing. Our sympathy to you and your family. Marvel and Smith seemed like such a big store when I was a kid. I’m sure all those years are filled with great memories to comfort you and your family. Sincerely, Bob and Jean Mitchell

    Bob Mitchell | November 22, 2023 at 8:38 PM
  2. Bonnie and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. Please keep the wonderful memories in your heart. You and your family are in our prayers. John and Lana deRuyter

    Lana deRuyter | November 16, 2023 at 11:19 AM
  3. What a wonderful service Marvel and Smith provided to the Community. My mother used to send me uptown to pick out a houseware gift for a bridal shower or birthday! I could always find a deal and count on a smile from Raymond…he will be remembered as a part of West Groves History.

    K C Kilmer | November 15, 2023 at 10:34 AM
  4. Porter Family, Sorry to hear about your Fathers passing. He was a big part of West Grove with the hardware store in downtown West Grove. A wonderful man who always seem to know what tool or part I needed when I went in to get something for my fathers apartment house. He always said Conner with a smile what do you need now, let me see if I have it. Off to the back room and back he would come. He would say charge it and at end of the month we would pay the bill. I think he did this for a lot of locals. As young child I think I spent many a Christmas shopping for something special for my parents. The hardware store for the time period really had a nice selection of everything us locals needed. He was a people person glad to see us in the store . Later on I would see him in and about town and he always had time to talk. He may be opening a new hardware store up in heaven today. RIP Mr. Porter you were a great person.

    Michael Conner | November 14, 2023 at 9:27 PM
  5. Samantha & Family – We grieve with you and yours at your grandfather’s passing, but also celebrate Clarence’s beautiful life on earth, and his restoration in heaven for eternity. Praying God holds each of you close in comfort, and refreshes your spirits with warm memories of Clarence.

    April Durham | November 14, 2023 at 4:53 PM
  6. Bonnie prayers and condolences to you and your family.

    Donna ( Crossan ) Massey

    Donna Massey | November 13, 2023 at 5:38 PM

    alfred l lewis | November 13, 2023 at 1:22 PM

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