Donald G. Pontius passed away on August 6, 2018 of natural causes. He was 77 years old and would have been 78 on August 30, 2018.
Don was born August 30, 1940 to Garold Pontius and Anna (Bangert) Pontius in Gillmore City, IA. He was the second of seven children. His family farmed in South Dakota. He attended school in Avon, South Dakota and graduated from Avon High School in 1959. After graduating high school, Don enrolled in the United States Air Force where he was stationed in southeast Asia. He served four and a half years as an aerial photographer. Don was honorably discharged from the USAF in April of 1964. He attended heavy equipment operators school in Charleston, South Carolina. Upon completion of operators school, Don went to work building interstate highways. This took him across the country. Don worked in South Carolina, Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana. While in Montana, he met Marjorie Reinhart. They were married in 1971 and to this union two children were born: Robert (1971) and Troy (1974).
Don worked for EH Oftedal for several years as an equipment operator. In 1975, he went to work for Western Energy Co., where he would eventually retire in 2003. During his years working at Western Energy, Don started his construction company. Don Pontius Construction grew from an old backhoe and farm truck to a whole fleet of construction equipment and trucks.
Don was a lifetime member of the Miles City VFW.
Don is survived by his wife, Marjorie (Reinhart) Pontius; his son Robert (Amy) Pontius and granddaughter Addie Pontius; brothers: Eugene (Hao), Norville (Alta), and sisters: Patricia (Bill) Sharp, Mary (Ric) Ohmit, Susie and many other cousins, nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his father Garold, mother Anna, Brother Robert and his son Troy.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Miles City. Interment will follow in the family lot of the Custer County Cemetery with full military honors. A lite lunch will be served after the graveside service at the VFW Hall, 119 N. 6th Street in Miles City. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Miles City VFW, First Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice.