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Byron Douglas Porisch

Born 12 Feb 1950, Mountain Lake, Cottonwood County, Minnesota
Gender Male
Parents Richard Fred Porisch and Marie Gladys (Allen) Porisch
Schools Attended

Mountain Lake High School, Mountain Lake, Minnesota

Branch of Service Navy
Additional Identifiers Non-commissioned Officer
Service Timeframe 1968 - 1972
War/Conflict Vietnam War 1964-1975
Principal Units and Locations

USS Mahan, DLG-11/DDG-42, Electricians Mate, Petty Officer 2nd class, EM2.

Military Awards and Decorations

He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star. Pax Per Maris Potestatem.

Rev. Byron D. Porisch, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod


Veteran: US Navy, Vietnam War

USS Mahan, DLG-11/DDG-42, Electricians Mate, Petty Officer 2nd class, EM2. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star. Pax Per Maris Potestatem.

Mountain Lake High School, Mountain Lake, Minnesota, Class of 1968.

Concordia University Class of 1977, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

There will be a visitation at St Luke's (4205 Washtenaw Ave Ann Arbor, MI) on Friday Nov 22 4pm-8pm. The funeral will also be at St Luke's Saturday at 10am with a light lunch following the service.

Byron Douglas Porisch, 63, passed from this earth to eternal life, joining his God and Savior on Sunday morning, November 17, 2013 from his home in Ypsilanti Michigan with his family at his side. He was born on February 12, 1950 in Mountain Lake, MN, the second son to Richard and Marie (Allen) Porisch.

Byron grew up on a farm, outside of Mountain Lake, MN. He graduated from Mountain Lake High School in 1968. After high school he joined the Navy and served four years during the Vietnam War on the U.S.S. Mahan (DLG 11). He was honorably discharged, achieving the rank of EM2. He received a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star.

Byron attended Concordia College, St. Paul, MN graduating in 1977 with a Bachelors of Arts as a Director of Christian Education. He spent the rest of his life serving his Lord as a DCE and Youth Minister. He began his ministry in Rochester MN with a 3 month internship at Trinity and then and extended 6 month internship at Grace Lutheran Church. He and his wife, Michell, then moved to Palm Springs, CA where he served 3 years with Our Savior Lutheran. He then accepted a call to St. John's Lutheran, Orange, CA serving faithfully for 10 years. When he was called by Faith Lutheran, he moved his family to Michigan where he served 10 years. His last call was to St. Luke's, Ann Arbor, MI where he has ministered to the youth and congregation for 13 years. Byron spent his life as an instrument of God, helping young and old alike in their walk with Him and their service to others. He lived his faith daily, through countless mission trips, youth gatherings, service projects, Bible studies, and worship services.

Byron married his best friend and soul mate, Michell, on Aug.23, 1975 in Windom, MN. They were happily married for 38 years. His passion was serving his God and Father, loving his family and friends, sharing his faith and supporting others in discovering theirs. He loved a good story, riding his Harley, almost anything having to do with technology, and taking on (although maybe not finishing) remodeling projects that would come his way.

Byron was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Marie (Allen) Porisch, His brother Richard Porisch, Jr., and his nephew, Matthew Porisch.

Byron is survived by his spouse Michell of Ypsilanti MI; daughter Sarah (Jason) Crowder of St. Charles, MO; daughter Christi (Jeremy) Gerloff of Warrenton, MO; daughter Susie (Alex) Gay of Ypsilanti, MI; brother David (Dee) Porisch of Anoka, MN; sister Pat (Joe) Deklotz of Delafield, WI; sister Pam Porisch of Duluth, MN; and brother Dan (Karen) Porisch of Dodge Center, MN; grandchildren Katie Crowder, Brendan Crowder, and Wyatt Gerloff, and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.