John Elva Pontius
September 11, 1934 ~ December 25, 2018
John E. Pontius , 84, Sioux Falls, died at his home on Tuesday, December 25, 2018, with his family at his side.
Visitation will be 1:30-3:00pm, Sunday, December 30, 2018, at Heartland Funeral Home. Funeral Services will begin at 3pm. A private burial will take place at a later date.
John was born September 11, 1934 in Princeton, MN, to Robert and Ida Mae (Jones) Pontius. When he was six years old, his mother died leaving six young sons. Later, upon moving to Minneapolis, Robert married Ann Burich, who continued on as the boys’ stepmother. John graduated from Minneapolis West High School in 1953.
John worked in the food industry and was happy selling products for Kraft Foods and Nabisco. He taught marketing at Dakota County Vo-Tech for a number of years and then purchased and operated Midwestern Sales Co. until retirement.
John married Doris Honsey from North Dakota in 1957. They lived in Tacoma, WA, during his years in the Army, then in Faribault, MN, Roseville, MN, and Hastings, MN. In 2010, they moved to Sioux Falls, SD.
John will be deeply missed by his wife, Doris; two children, Bradley Pontius, Sioux Falls, and Shannon (Dan) Graber, Sioux Falls; four grandchildren, Alina Pontius, Elise Pontius, Annika Graber and Grant Graber; and one brother, James, Hemet, CA.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ida Mae; and four brothers; Ralph, Elsworth, Walt and Bob.
John made his choice to serve God when he was a young man and kept true to that decision. He loved the Word of God and found great joy in inviting others to hear the Gospel Story. It gave him peace when his grandchildren sang hymns around his bedside.