Ellsworth ‘Ells’ Pontius of Surprise, Arizona formerly of Mora, died on Wednesday. Sept. 24, 2014. He was 82 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am. on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home, Mora, MN
VISITATION will be held from 5-7 pm. on Wednesday, Oct. 1 & one hour prior to the service on Thursday at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home.
INTERMENT will in the Oakwood Cemetery, Mora, MN
ELLSWORTH “ELLS” WILLIAM PONTIUS, born in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota on February 21, 1932 to Robert Frank Pontious and Ida Mae (Jones) Pontious; was the third of six sons and spent his early years in the rural community of Princeton, Minnesota. After the death of his mother, he moved to Minneapolis with his father and brothers. At that time the family name was changed from “Pontious” to “Pontius” in hope of facilitating proper enunciation.
Ells attended and graduated from Minneapolis West High School in 1949. He also attended Dunwoody Industrial Institute to prepare for a long and prosperous career in tool and die – precision metal stamping. His business supplied components for IBM’s computers, 3M’s medical devices and components developed for Honeywell’s aerospace navigation system built for the Lunar Lander used in the Apollo missions to the moon.
Ells took early retirement and permanently moved to Mora, Minnesota in 1991. He was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed ice fishing as well as trips to Canada. He was also a successful deer hunter.
Through the years Ells dealt with Charcot Marie Tooth Atrophy – a degenerative neuromuscular disorder – that created challenges with his balance and manual dexterity. He often spoke of getting his new body in heaven with fingers that “worked well.” In 2003 Ells moved with his wife to Surprise, Arizona. He passed away there on September 24, 2014 after declining health this past year. He was 82 years old.
Ells was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter Susan Lynn LuDean Pontius; and three brothers Ralph, Walt and Bob.
He is survived by his wife LuDean; sons Micheal (Rose) and Jeffrey; grandchildren Bonny (Scott) Wilming, Cindy Mosher, James (Thuy Diep) Mosher, James Pontius, Jessica (Corey) Hoffmann and Ryan Pontius; great-grandchildren Shyler Wilson, Justin Wilming, Elijah Coleman, Maximus Mosher, Mason Mosher and Phoenix Hoffmann; two great great grandsons, brothers John (Doris) and James; many others relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 2nd at Akkerman-Ingebrand Chapel with Duane Hopkins and Richard Raschke officiating. Music was provided by Chris and Marianne Santelé. Casket bearers were Mike Holland, James Mosher, Don Norby, Jeff Pontius, Mike Pontius and Ryan Pontius. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.