Whitley County Obituaries

Pond, Charles
The Republican – Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday September 28, 1865

flag for veterans Veteran of the War of 1812

     Died. At his residence, in Thorn Creek township, on the 14th inst. Charles Pond, in the 69th year of his age. The deceased was one of the early Pioneers of Whitley county. He was one of the few surviving soldiers of 1812, who went at the call of his country to defend it from the encroachments of British power. He felt a deep interest in the preservation of this Union --- hoped he might live to see the rebellion crushed, and the Old Flag again wave over every foot of the American soil. He has lived to see it.
     The deceased leaves a large circle of friends and relatives to deplore his untimely loss. His sufferings were of the most painful character, yet he bore it all with that resignation and fortitude that makes the truly christian man.


Pontzius, Robert Waugh
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
June 24, 1976

     Robert Waugh Pontzius, 65, of 265 Riley Road in Thorncreek township, who for the past two years had battled a leukemia illness, died at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne, to which he was admitted Monday, June 21. His illness had been controlled for the past year and a half. Two weeks ago he suffered a recurrence and hospitalization was required.
     Early in life Mr. Pontzius was selected as master dairyman and was president of 4-H Inc. at the time most of the 4-H Park buildings were constructed. He was very active in Kiwanis International and in 1962 was awarded the Kiwanis Individual Achievement Award, the highest award a Kiwanian can receive. He was a past president of the club and in 1965 was given the Golden Service Award.
     In 1974 he was recognized for 30 years service to Farm Bureau CoOp and in 1972 was declared an outstanding cooperative director by Hoosier Cooperative Clinic. He was a member of the Columbia City United Methodist Church.
     He and his wife, Veril V. Goodrich Pontzius, whom he married on Feb. 24, 1934 resided in the Pontzius homestead. He was a farm owner-operator, engaging in general farming. Mr. Pontzius was a Whitley county native, born Dec. 19, 1911 in Thorncreek township to the late Ira Wayne and Susie May Waugh Pontzius. His entire life had been spent in Thorncreek township.
     Surviving besides the wife, resident of R 7, are two sons, Jon R., of Elkhart, presently in Canada on a business trip, and Roy W., of R 7; one daughter, Mrs. David (Ruth Ann) Husak of Hillsdale, Mich.; six grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Harold W. (Gladys) Beard, Fort Wayne. A brother, Chester, preceded him in death.
     The body is at the J. A. DeMoney & Son Funeral Home. Preferred memorials are contributions to the Leukemia Society. Services will be at the Columbia City United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. Friday with Rev. James B. Willyard, pastor of the church, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. today and after 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Interment will be in Blue River cemetery.


Pontzius, Veril Victoria Shoemaker
Columbia City Post & Mail, Whitley County, Indiana
March 27, 2000

     Veril Victoria Pontzius, 87, died at 3 a.m. today, Monday, March 27, 2000 at Miller's Merry Manor where she had resided since suffering a stroke in 1984.
     A Whitley County native, she was born Sept. 22, 1912, in Thorncreek Township, a daughter of Frank and Nettie Shoemaker. She was the granddaughter of Samuel Shoemaker, the first white child born in Columbia Township who was born in 1838. Her maternal great-grandfather was Asa Shoemaker, the first settler in the township.
     A 1930 graduate of Columbia City High School, she attended the Manchester College. She was a secretary in the office of B. V. Widney, county agent, from 1932-36. On February 24, 1934, she married Robert W. Pontzius, and they resided all of their married life on Riley Road. He died June 23, 1976. She had resided on the same farm 64 years.
     A homemaker and farmer, she had traveled in China, Africa, South America and Europe and was an avid gardener and flower arranger. Mrs. Pontzius was an active member of Columbia City United Methodist Church, where she began attending at 12 years of age. She had been president of the United Methodist Women in Columbia City and vice president of the district United Methodist Women. She was also a past president of Whitley County Mental Health Association. Other memberships included Sorosis Club, Tri Lakes Garden Club, Farm Bureau women's leader, and she had been past president of county and township Extension Homemakers clubs. She was a volunteer at Whitley County Memorial Hospital, Bowen Center and as a Grey Lady for the blood bank and schools.
     Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Ruth Ann and David Husak, Pinckney, Mich.; two sons, Jon Robert Pontzius and Roy and Betty Pontzius, all of Columbia City; grandchildren, Lisa Christen, Robert and Susan Husak, Cielia Pienkosz, Robin Kleiman and Dane Pontizius; and five great-grandchildren.
     In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Alton Goodrich and grandchildren, Lori Ann and Jay Edward Pontzius.
     The funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2000 at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home. Visitation is 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial is at the Blue River Cemetery, next to the Pontzius farm.


Pook, Charles Frederick
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (031-PF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday September 28, 1932

     Death Claims Early Whitley Co. Resident. Carl Frederick Pook at Home of Daughter in Cleveland township Early Tuesday Morning – Well Known Resident Succumbs to Stroke of Paralysis – Funeral Friday.
     Carl Frederick Pook, 84, familiarly known as Charlie, succumbed at 1:40 o’clock Wednesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Henry Bauman, in Cleveland Township. Death followed a stroke of paralysis. Mr. Pook was stricken a week ago Tuesday.
     The deceased was a former resident of Columbia City. He retired from active farm life in 1916 when he purchased a residence property in this city and resided on East Market St., until 1929 when he sold his property and went to live with his children. Mrs. Pook passed away in this city April 1, 1922.
     Mr. Pook was born February 25, 1848, in Herckendorf, Germany, and at the age of 18 he came to the United States. He settled in Whitley county and lived with the William Lickey family until his marriage to Miss Louisa Auer, daughter of Jacob Auer, a native of Germany, which occurred August 29, 1872.
     After his marriage Mr. Pook moved to the John Hollman farm where he lived for two years and then purchased an eighty acre farm, all timber land in Washington Township where he built a log cabin and a log barn. He cleared the land and bought it to a high state of fertility by his untiring labors. Later Mr. Pook erected modern buildings which still stand on the farm.
     In 1900, Mr. Pook made a trip to Germany to visit relatives and the scenes of his boyhood. He left this country in May and returned in August. This was one of the happy events of his life and he fully appreciated the opportunity of returning to his native land. After completing his visit, he was happy indeed to return to America where his family and close relatives had established themselves as useful and highly respected citizens of this community.
     The deceased was a highly esteemed and honored citizen. He directed his efforts to the development of his farm and the rearing of his family which has been brought to a high state of citizenship through his influence.
     Five sons and four daughters survive, namely August of Union Township; Louis, Ervin, and Edwin of South Whitley; Mrs. Henry Bauman of Cleveland Township; Mrs. George Bohenbarger of Noble county; Mrs. Chas. Zwick of Fort Wayne and Tillie Pook at home. Twenty-two grandchildren and eight grandchildren also survive.
     The deceased was a devout communicant of the St. Johns Lutheran church where the funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, Rev. Val Hennig, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment will be in the St. Peter’s church cemetery.


Post, William Emmett
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died July 9, 1887

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     The town was thrown into an unusual state of excitement last Saturday when it became generally know that Will E. Post, deputy postmaster, had been struck by lightning and almost instantaneously killed. His popularity with his young associates and his pleasant and agreeable manner in meeting and transacting business with the people made him a great favorite in this place, and the news of his unlooked for death was a great shock to all. [Goes on to tell, in great detail, how Will had taken shelter from a storm by going into Mr. Reider’s store, sitting about 15 feet from the door, when lightning filled the room and Will fell to the floor. Others in the store at the time were Ed Reider, Otto Reider, Ed Hartson, Mr. and Mrs. Sauers, and Wm. McKinley.]
     When 12 years of age he came into the Post printing office to earn a living for himself and mother and to learn a trade. He was so small that he had to stand on a box to reach up to the case. After serving almost eight years in this capacity, he accepted a position at the postoffice.
     He was an esteemed member of the four “C” – a literary society – which organization attended the funeral in a body. He was born in this city, November 17, 1866; died July 9, 1887, aged 20 years, 9 months and 22 days. The remains were interred in the Masonic cemetery.

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