Frank Pontious, age 89, of Sac City, IA, passed away on November 21, 2017, at Unity Point Health-St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City, IA. Frank J. Pontious was born on December 6, 1927, to Henry F. Pontious and Wilma (Green) Pontious in Sac City.
Frank attended Sac City Schools and graduated in 1946. He spent that summer working on the farm for George Smith. That fall, expecting to be drafted, he decided to join the Marines with a couple of buddies that were going. He served two years in Hawaii, except for a couple months when he was picked to go to the South Pacific for the Atom Bomb tests that summer.
After his discharge, he returned home to Sac City. On September 26, 1948, Frank married his long time sweetheart, Phyllis Nicholson. Phyllis was the daughter of Darwin and Mary Nicholson, “Two of the finest in-laws a man ever had.”-Frank’s words. To this union were born daughter Susan, son Bruce, and son James.
In 1951, Frank was called back to the Marines and sent to Korea for one more year of service. He worked on a county road crew for several summers while in high school and later worked for the telephone company in Rockwell City and then for Central Telephone in Sac City. Before being called back to the Marines, Frank worked at Williams Mill. Returning home he worked briefly at HyPop popcorn until he was hired at the post office where he worked for thirty years as a clerk until being appointed postmaster, a position he worked at for 3 years until retirement. Frank joined the First Baptist Church when he was eleven years old. He and his wife remained faithful working in the church until it closed. He taught Sunday school classes, served on every board at one time or the other, served as choir director, and even preached, as such, when there was no pastor. He served as the church janitor for over 30 years. Frank sang many solos at church and, for many years, put on a musical program at Park View Care Center each month until Phyllis had a stroke in 2008. He sang for almost four hundred funerals over the years.
In 1971, LeRoy Nelson, along with Phyllis and Frank, had the opportunity to go to Haiti on a mission trip to build a block house for the pastor whose home was destroyed by a storm. Another time they traveled to Kodiak Island, Alaska, for a mission trip. They spent their winter there working at a few second hand stores where people gave all kinds of things. Sometimes things needed to be washed and repaired, Frank was able to fix a lot of things. The stores were open two days a week and this made the mission about $80,000.00 per year.
“If you ever have the opportunity to go to a mission field, GO! You’ll probably never be the same. Certainly, you’ll realize how blessed you and I are where God has put us to live our lives, as well as the terrible needs of so many.”-Frank.
Those left to cherish Frank’s memory are his son, Bruce (Denise) Pontious of Northglenn, CO; many grandchildren; several great grandchildren; many extended family members and friends.
Frank was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis; their daughter Susan Russell; his folks; Phyllis’ folks; and their youngest son James.
A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Farber & Otteman Funeral Home of Sac City is in charge of arrangements.