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Archive for Friday, December 4, 1992

ERNEST A. PONTIUS

December 4, 1992

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Memorial services for Ernest A. Pontius, 84, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m., Dec. 12, at the Lawrence Presbyterian Manor chapel. Pastor J. Edward Nelson will officiate. Private inurnment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence.

Mr. Pontius died Thursday afternoon, Dec. 3, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born Sept. 4, 1908, in Kanwaka in western Douglas County, the son of Arthur C. and Mabel Richardson Pontius.

He worked at the Journal-World for 33 years, retiring as advertising director in 1973.

Before working for the Journal-World, Pontius worked for WREN Radio for 13 years. In 1926, he was the first announcer for WREN in Lawrence and later he became the commercial manager for WREN in Kansas City. He also attended Kansas University.

Mr. Pontius was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he was a former council member and an official greeter.

He was a member and past commander of Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14 of the American Legion.

He also was a past director and president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and was a former director and member of the Lawrence Rotary Club.

Mr. Pontius was a member of Acacia Lodge No. 9 A.F.&A.M. and was a 33rd degree member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Lawrence.

In 1936, he joined the United Commercial Travelers of America, a non-profit fraternal benefit society. He served as the secretary and treasurer of the organization and was elected grand counselor of Kansas and was a former president of the International Grand Counselors Assn. In 1987, he was elected as the Fraternalist of the Year.

He was married to Bertha Trowbridge on Sept. 21, 1933, in Lawrence. She died April 18, 1987. A son, Burton E. Pontius, died June 25, 1990.

Survivors include a daughter, Anita Stemmerman, Kansas City, Mo., a sister, Annie Maye Silverthorne, Portland, Ore., five grandsons and four great-grandsons.

Arrangements are being handled by Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

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