Pontious, Ronald

Written by David Green.

Ronald Pontious, 76, of  Sebring,  Fla., and formerly of Morenci,  Mich., died  Oct. 11, 2007, at his home.

He was born July 19, 1931, in  Wauseon, Ohio, to Orville and Marjorie (Sams) Pontious.

Ron graduated from  Morenci  High School and attended  Michigan  State University, majoring in agricultural engineering courses.  He worked as a dairy farmer near Morenci for many years and was employed as a sales representative for the Maumee Company in Adrian for 26 years. He fulfilled his passion for football by coaching for 10 years at Adrian  College.

Ron was a member of the Lenawee County Intermediate School District board for 18 years, serving as its president for 16 years. He was a member of the Morenci Board of Education for four years, serving as secretary of the board.  He was a member of the Lenawee County Association of School Boards and served as its first president. He held membership in the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association.

Ron retired from the Maumee Company and with his wife, Kathy, moved to Sebring in 1999.

He enjoyed golfing, gardening, fishing and football. He enjoyed sharing stories about coaching and analyzing football strategies.

Ron is survived by his wife of 14 years, Kathleen (Libke) Pontious; two sons, Kyle of Delta, Ohio, and Norman (and Tami) of Defiance, Ohio; four daughters, Michelle (and Gary) Schmitz of Lyons, Ohio, Toni (and Mark) Borton of Montpelier, Ohio, Linda (and Mike) Zenk of Philipsburg, Pa., and Sherri (and Mike) Borton of  Hudson, Mich.; 20 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his twin brother, Rollin “George” (and Connie) Pontious of Ruskin, Fla., and his brother, Paul (and Carol) of Lake Wales, Fla.; two stepchildren, Ty Blanchard of  Jackson, Wyo., and Beth Blanchard of Sebring, Fla.;  Dorie Pontious of  Morenci, the mother of his children; and many nieces and nephews.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents and a brother in infancy.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci. Visitation is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be six of Ron’s grandsons; Aaron and Bryan Andrews, Lucas and Zachary Zenk, Gary Schmitz II and Rusty Farquhar.

Memorials may be made  to the Good Shepherd Hospice,  4418 Sun N Lake Boulevard,  Sebring, FL  33872.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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