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Our Staff

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Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Ric Porter

Ric Porter


Ricard "Ric" Porter grew up in Rock Valley, Iowa, attended South Dakota State University, graduated from the University of Iowa and graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1983. He lives in Hawarden, Iowa with his wife, Cynthia. Cynthia grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and graduated from Washington High School and Iowa Lutheran School of Nursing in Des Moines, Iowa. Together they have four children, Zac who works for Black Hills Power and his wife Megan and their daughter, Penelope  of Plainview, Nebraska, Courtney who lives in Boston and is a research coordinator at Boston Children's Hospital, Kristian who lives in Sioux Falls and works for CEGA Innovations, and Signe who is working on her Masters Degree at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Ric currently is serving as the Mayor of Hawarden. Cynthia enjoys assisting Ric at the funeral home with visitations and services and also serves on the Northwest Iowa Community College Board of Trustees. She is also active in many other community groups.


Sean Smith

Sean Smith

Sean and Jaclyn Smith are honored to be able to help families celebrate the lives of their loved one.Sean grew up in the funeral profession, so he understands the care and commitment it takes to serve families who are going through one of the toughest times of their life. Sean began serving families at Porter Funeral Home in January 2012.

Sean is a native of Sanborn, Iowa. He graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science,earning his Bachelor's Degree in Mortuary Science. He is a member of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association (IFDA), National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), member of the IFDA Legislative Committee, and member of the Rock Valley Rotary Club, where he served as president from July 2014-July 2015. In his spare time, Sean enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, playing disc golf and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Sean and Jaclyn live in Rock Valley and have three children; Carson, Adelyn and Caden.  Jaclyn is grew up in Hull, Iowa and graduated from Western Christian High School. She enjoys baking, playing disc golf, and crocheting.


Cynthia Porter



Rod De Kam

Rod De Kam

Rod De Kam joined Porter Funeral Home in the fall 2016. Rod serves full time as a funeral director's assistant.


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