July 19, 1919 – Jan. 14, 2011
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Russell “Paul” Pontius, 91, of Winter Haven, Fla., formerly of Walkerton, passed away Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 at his residence.
He was born July 19, 1919 in Walkerton, to the late Lawrence and Lucy Kilian Pontius.
On Nov. 8, 1940, Paul married Irene Cox who passed away in October of 1979. Paul and Helen Hundt were married in October of 1981 and she passed away in May of 1997. In June of 2000, Paul married Phyllis June Reim who survives.
He was a retired truck driver for Del Monte and was a member of the Teegarden United Methodist Church, before he moved to Florida in 2000.
Paul is survived by his wife, Phyllis June Pontius; and three daughters and four sons: Evelyn (Bob) Smith of Lake Wales, Fla., Wayne (La Jean) Pontius of Winter Haven, Fla., Barbara Keith of North Liberty, Larry (Karen) Pontius of Plymouth, Allen (Donna) Pontius of Plymouth, Carol (Bob) Duncan of Milford, and Mark (Beth) Pontius of Argos.
He is also survived by a number of stepchildren, 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Jay and James; and a great-granddaughter, Addison Cummings.
Friends are invited to share memories with Paul’s family Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth.
Funeral services, officiated by Pastor Tim Davis of the Teegarden United Methodist Church, will be held in the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 20.
Burial will be in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorials may be made to the Center for Hospice Care, 112 S. Center St., Plymouth, IN, 46563.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family through the funeral home’s website: www.johnson-danielson.com.
Funeral Director – Kevin L. Russell – ph. 574-936-2829