In Memoriam
Dan Mirise
Porter Township Trustee Chairman

Dan Mirise, age 54 of Centerburg, passed away Wednesday December 17, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

He was born on January 17, 1960 to the late Richard Mirise and Donna (Wengert) Mirise of Centerburg. He was a 1978 graduate of Centerburg High School and had lived in the Centerburg area all of his life. He worked at DSCC for 30 years in the Product Testing Lab. Dan was also a lifelong farmer and a Porter Township Trustee.

Dan was a family man and treasured the time spent with his family especially his wife and daughter. Together with family and friends they enjoyed showing livestock, camping in the Smokey Mountains, travelling, tractor pulls, trap shooting, hunting deer and playing euchre and hand and foot card games. Dan was a man of the earth and enjoyed tilling the ground to plant the seeds and reap the harvest of his hard efforts. Dan and his daughter together restored a F-350 pickup from the ground up.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years: Jill (Porter) Mirise and they were married September 18, 1984 in Washington Court House; daughter Heidi Mirise and her boyfriend: David Hendershot; brother: Dale (Sally) Mirise of Bloomfield; sister: Denise (James) Sherman of Centerburg; nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Monday from 4-8 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral home, SR 3 at 61, Sunbury where services will be held Tuesday 11 a.m. with Pastor Erin Porter officiating. Interment will follow in the Bloomfield Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital or Sparta United Methodist Church.

Porter Township Townhall
12828 McKay Street
Sunbury, Ohio 43074

Porter Township is one of the eighteen townships of Delaware County, Ohio, It is located in central Ohio northeast of Columbus Ohio. It has an area of about 25.8 sq. miles, and is home to about 1925 residents.

The former Sunbury Township, formed in 1808, contained the present townships of Harlem, Trenton, Porter, half of Berkshire and half of Genoa as well as Morrow County's Peru, Bennington, Lincoln and Harmony Townships. Slowly the different townships were set off with Genoa being the last to pull off from Sunbury.

Porter Township was organized between 1826 and 1827, exact date unknown. It was named after Judge Robert Porter, of Philadelphia, who received a patent for 4,000 acres of land in this township, from President John Adams to satisfy warrants for military service.

The first village or town in this township was Olive Green, and was laid out in 1835, followed by East Liberty. The village of Peerless, in northeastern Porter Township has mostly disappeared.

The first settlement in this township was made by squatters, known as "Taways" as early as 1807. A number of families settled on this section before the war of 1812 and were from English, Dutch and Irish nationalities.

The above information was obtained from the following websites:

History of Delaware County:

Brief Histories - Townships of Eastern Delaware County:

Big Walnut Area Historical Society:


For any questions, or to submit information to be added to this website, please contact Township Trustee Bob Ryan, the website coordinator.

Last Updated: August 29, 2012