Pontious, George

Rollin “George” K. Pontious, 88, of Morenci, Mich., died Feb. 4, 2020.

He was born July 19, 1931, in Delta, Ohio, the son of Orville and Marjorie (Sams) Pontious. He was a graduate of Morenci High School and received his Associate of Business degree from Spring Arbor University. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in Company B of 156 Signal Battalion, and proudly served many years on the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff. 

George married his first wife and mother of eight of his children, Elaine Kleindinest, in Riga, Mich., in 1954. He then married Connie Marzolf on Nov. 7, 1979, in Addison, Mich.  

George worked for the Department of the Army as a warrant officer for 38 years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of Zion United Brethren Church in Ogden, Waterville United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of the Morenci Sportsman’s Club, Adrian American Legion Post 97, and V.F.W. Post 1584 Annis-Fint. He spent 23 years camping at Green Valley Campground, loved to go fishing in Canada, enjoyed firearms, riding motorcycles, and watching his grandchildren at sporting events and racing motorcycles in Delta.

 George is survived by his nine children, Cynthia (and William) Coleman, Charles (and Dawn) Pontious, Nancy (and Mike) Thompson, Roger (the late Teresa) Pontious, Cathy (and Doug) Williams, Carol (and Matt) Dunn, Tonya Pontious, Cheryl Pontious, and Danielle Pontious; two sisters-in-law, Carol Pontious and Dorie Pontious; 19 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and his friend, Shirley Paison.

 In addition to his first wife, Elaine, and second wife, Connie, he was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Lee Orville Pontious, in infancy, Ronald Pontious, his twin, and Paul Pontious; a grandson, William Coleman, Jr.; a great-granddaughter, Miley Barnhart; a daughter-in-law, Teresa Pontious; stepmother, Sarah Faulkner; and sister-in-law, Kathy Pontious.

 Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, with visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at Zion United Brethern Church, 4830 E. Weston Rd., Blissfield, with Rev. Aden Porter officiating. Burial will be in Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later date.

 Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci Sportsman’s Club.