Pontious, James

Written by David Green.

James K. Pontious, 69, of Alvordton, Ohio, died, May 4, 2010, at home under the care of his family and hospice.

He was born Oct. 9, 1940, to Kenneth and Esther Pontious in Delta, Ohio. Jim married Rose Mary (Repka) Eisel on June 7, 1980, and she survives. 

Jim worked for many years as a farm tire serviceman, and particularly enjoyed the years when he was the owner and operator of Jim’s Tire Service. He attended Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Fayette, Ohio, and was a volunteer member of the Alvordton Fire Department. Jim’s biggest joy was spending time with his family, whether it was working on projects together, playing together, or praying together. He also enjoyed the winters spent in southern Alabama.

In addition to his wife, Rose Mary, he is survived by children and step-children, Sandra (and George) Gagle of Pickerington, Ohio, Ronald (and Pat) Eisel of Alvordton, James (and Pam) Eisel of West Unity, Ohio, Robert (and Bobbie) Eisel of Alvordton, Randy (and Becky) Eisel of Ney, Ohio, Scott (and Michelle) Eisel of Delta, Ohio, Scott (and Jan) Pontious of Wauseon, Ohio, Shawn Pontious of Alaska, Shannon (and Sara) Pontious of Indiana, and Sara (and Chris) Bloomer of Wauseon; son-in-law, Robert Momyer of West Unity; mother-in-law, Rose Repka of Delta; two sisters, Betty Hall and Mary Crook, both of California; two brothers, Robert Pontious and Richard Pontious, both of Wauseon; 37 grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jane Momyer; and father-in-law, Joe Repka.

A Mass of Christian Burial is planned at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 8, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Fayette with Rev. Father Gary Ferguson as celebrant. Private interment will take place at a later date at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel  in Fayette, with a scripture prayer service planned at 7:30 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church or to the Alvordton Fire Department.

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