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Robert C. Pontius, 87, of Hickory Township passed away the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at Shenango on the Green in New Wilmington.
Born March 18, 1930, in New Castle, he was a son of John Pontius and Ruth Gormley Pontius Gaiser, and stepson of Harold Gaiser.
He was preceded in death on Sept. 10, 2001, by his loving wife of 46 years, Frances M. "Bunny" Braykovich Pontius, whom he married Jan. 8, 1955.
Bob was a Korean War veteran, serving from December 1952 to January 1953.
He was employed with New Castle Refractories as a foreman until his retirement.
An avid golfer and bowler, Bob participated in several leagues, including Green Meadows and Castle Hills golf leagues, as well as the Colonial Lanes Monday Night League.
He enjoyed hunting and was a member of Paws and Taws square dancing group.
He was a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers.
His greatest joy was watching his grandchildren participate in sporting events.
Bob was an active member of Eastbrook United Methodist Church.
He is survived by two daughters, Karen (Douglas) Doran of Mooresville, North Carolina, and Pamela Myers of Matthews, North Carolina; three sons, Roger (Karen) Pontius of Columbus, Ohio, Brian (Sue) Pontius of New Castle and Robert (Beth) Pontius of New Wilmington; a brother, Kenneth Gaiser of Jamestown, New York; a sister, Janet Henderson of Jamestown, New York; 12 grandchildren, Shari, Andrew, Jamie, Keith, Slavi, Stoyan, Stefan and Robert Pontius, Stephen and Kevin Doran, and Sean and Kyle Myers; and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, stepfather and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard C. Pontius and William Pontius.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday with a gathering period from 3 to 4 p.m. at Eastbrook United Methodist Church, 2412 Eastbrook Road, New Castle, with the Rev. Loren McQueen officiating.
Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastbrook United Methodist Church or Kindred Hospice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. where online condolences may be offered to the family at www.cunninghamfh.com.
Published on December 8, 2017
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