ELLSWORTH ‘ELLS’ PONTIUS

E. Pontius webphotoEllsworth ‘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. 

12 guestbook entries for ELLSWORTH ‘ELLS’ PONTIUS

  1. Tim Pontious September 26, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    Dear Lou, Mike & Jeff;
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time of your loss. I thougt of the hymn “Close to Thee” today for some reason when I thought how kind Els was to Betty and myself the last time we visited in Surprise. Our love across the miles, Tim &Betty

  2. Gretchen Anderson September 27, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    My deepest sympathy on Grandpa Al’s death. I have fond memories of his gentle conversation and funny stories, sincerely Gretchen

  3. Shearon Pontious September 27, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

    Brother Al will be truly missed by all of us – but definitely never forgotten! Love You Al, Always !

  4. barb faudskar September 28, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

    I love you Lu and we both loved Al. Thanks Mike and Jeff for taking good care of my friend. See you all Thurs. Barb

  5. Larry and Michelle Faudskar September 28, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    Lou and family,

    We will always remember Al as a kind and generous man … one who always had a smile on his face. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family as you say your final goodbyes to Al. Lou, let us know if we can do anything for you back in AZ.

    Larry and Michelle
    480-993-5899 (Larry cell)

  6. Mark & Kris Sorenson September 30, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    Lou & Mike,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have so many good memories of Al when we used to help mow and landscape your home north of Mora.

    Mark & Kris Sorenson
    (past owners of M & K Yard Care)

  7. Marvin & Judy Sundet September 30, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    Dear Lu and family, Marv has many memories of fishing trips with Al. He admired how Al could bait his hook with the long nose pliers! The guys always had a lot of fun. We both enjoyed our visits in Arizona and floating in the pool. He will be missed. Love ya Lu

  8. Terry and Jean Krogstad October 1, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    Dear Lou, Mike, Jeff and family,

    We sure are thinking of you and sure would love to be with you tomorrow. So glad for our visits this past year and getting caught up with “our” families. Al was a cousin with positive thoughts and always saw the bright side of life. Yes life does end but memories are lasting. All our Love from miles away. Terry and Jean

  9. Rollin & Joanne Nelson October 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

    Mike & Rose

    Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Priscilla O'Rourke October 1, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

    Dear Lu & Family,
    Good to see you all tonite. I am sure it is so much to be going thru, Lu, but you have your sons who are very capable and strong and good to help you thru this. Our sympathy to you. Life is changing and you are strong to adjust to this next step of living. You have so much faith and our Lord is there with you. Hugs & prayers. Pris & Kerry.

  11. Lo Huynh Quam October 1, 2014 at 11:54 pm #

    Our condolences to the Pontius family especially to Mrs. Lou Pontius, our brother in law Micheal and Uncle Jeff.

    Mr. El Pontius with his sweet smile and was a kind father in law to our sister Rose will never be forgotten.

    Huynh family.

  12. Lo Huynh Quam October 2, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    Our condolences to the Pontius family especially to Mrs. Lou Pontius, our brother in law Micheal and Uncle Jeff.

    Mr. El Pontius with his sweet smile and was a very kind father in law to our sister Rose will never be forgotten.

    Huynh family

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