William D. "Bill" Pontius, 83, of Rockford, Ohio, died on Monday, December 21, 2015, at McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.  He was born in Jackson, Michigan, on October 3, 1932, the son of William Wilbur and Dorothy (Scott) Pontius.  On September 5, 1954, he married Margaret E. "Marge" Stripe.  She preceded him in death on July 17, 2004.  Bill was co-owner and operator of Pontius Hardware in Rockford, with his brother James Pontius.  After Jim retired, he and Marge, and their sons, continued the family business, which was in Rockford for over 4 generations, and over 100 years of service to the people in the area. 


Bill was a member of the Former Rockford United Presbyterian Church; a member of  Shanes Aerie, Post #1292, Fraternal Order of Eagles in Rockford; a 32nd. Degree Mason in Dayton, Ohio, and a Mason in Rockford; a member of the Moose Lodge in Celina, Post # 1473; a member of  Van Wert Elks Lodge, Post # 1197; a friend of the Eichar De Curtains Celina V. F. W., Post # 5713; a Friend of the Glen D. Eckhart Rockford American Legion, Post # 508; and a member of the Rockford Volunteer Fire Department most of his life.  


Surviving are 3 sons:  William Michael (Cindy) Pontius of Fair Haven, Michigan; Dick A. (Claudia) Pontius of Rockford, Ohio; Jack L. (Debra) Pontius, of Rockford, Ohio; and 1 daughter: Laura Chandler of Pensacola, Florida.  Also surviving are 4 grandchildren:  Danielle Pontius, Bradley William Pontius, Michelle Pontius, and Kimberley Pontius; 3 step grandchildren:  Trisha Manolotos, Kristi Glick, and Jake Karl; 2 great grandchildren:  William Tyler Pontius and Michael Montano, and 1 step great grandchild, Elliott Manolatos.


Deceased in addition to his wife Marge, is one daughter, Jill Pontius, one grandchild, Kathryn Lynn Pontius, and his brother and his wife James (Jean) Pontius.


Bill's body will be cremated, and a service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. 

Condolences may be expressed at ketchamripley.com.




Luella M. Smith, 85 of Celina, passed away at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 5:19 am.  She was born August 11, 1930 in Mercer County to William and Naomi (Stafford) Kittle, both preceded her in death.  Luella married Owen J. "Curly" Smith on July 30, 1950 and he preceded her in death on February 15, 2009.


Survivors include two sons: Alan C. (Jane) Smith and Kevin A. "Snuffy" (Carol) Smith, both from Celina; four grandchildren, Benjamin (Nicole) Smith, Columbus, Ohio; Denise Smith, Westerville, Ohio; Katelin (Joe) Luthman, Lebanon, Ohio; Kelsey (Darin) Gundy, Cincinnati, Ohio; and two great grandchildren, Sydney Smith and Aiden Luthman.


Luella was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Garman and a brother-in-law Lee Garman, both from Montezuma, Ohio.


Luella was a 1948 graduate of Celina Senior High School. She had worked as secretary at Stubbs-Havel Insurance Agency and as a retail clerk at Robbins Leather & Sporting Goods store of Celina. Luella and her husband were the owners of Lakeside Ceramics from 1971 - 1982, after which she was office manager at the OVISCO Corporation until her retirement.


Lu was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, the Church Choir, the Sunshine Singers, Celina Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, Mercer County Democratic Central Committee, and a founding member of the Krafty Krew.  She was also on the Auglaize-Mercer Family YMCA Board of Directors, proudly serving as the longest running board member.  Luella spent her lifetime being a supportive Celina Bulldog fan and was a proud member of the Celina Athletic Booster Club and the Celina Band Boosters.


Funeral services will begin at 2:00pm on Monday, December 28, 2015 in the St. Paul's United Methodist Church with Rev. Diane Mendelson officiating; where the family will receive friends from 12:30pm - 2:00pm prior to the service.  Burial will follow at North Grove Cemetery, Celina, Ohio.


Contributions can be made to: St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Celina, Ohio.


Arrangements have been entrusted to Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, Ohio.


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