Friday, December 2, 2016

Albert J. Pontius (November 18, 2016)

Albert J. Pontius, age 88 of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 7:17 am, Friday, November 18, 2016, at the State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville.

Albert was born December 3, 1927, in Barberton, Ohio, to Albert and Dorothy Pontius. After graduating from Doylestown High School in 1945 and working several jobs for six months, as well as playing guitar and singing at the Cleveland Music Hall, WCLE radio and other venues, he joined the Army where he worked as a company clerk (because he could type) in Camp Lee, Virginia. After one year, he was transferred as a Captain to the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Maryland where he worked for six months. After World War II ended, at the age of 20, he returned to Doylestown where he dated and married Ethel Maurine Smith, his wife for 62 years until her death on November 26, 2011.

Albert commuted to Ashland College and transferred to Kent State where he received a B.S. in Administration in 1952 and earned his CPA license. After working 10 years for Arthur Anderson in Cleveland, he returned to Kent State for his MBA in 1964 and also taught classes there and became an assistant professor at Akron University until 1965. He then moved his family to Greenville and joined Overmyer Glass Mould Corporation in Winchester, Indiana, where he was the CFO for 20 years. He then went into private practice, well into his 70s, helping to rejuvenate corporations, including Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company.

Albert is survived by his children Richard A. (Sharon) Pontius of Columbus and Carol J. Pontius of Dayton; grandchildren Dana and Lisa Pontius of Columbus; sister Virginia Evans in the Apostolic Christian Home in Rittman; sisters-in-law Madeline Meyers of Brookville and Janet Iversen of Raleigh; brother-in-law Leonard (Carol) Smith of Raleigh; nephews Kurt Meyers of West Milton, Jeff Meyers of Brookville, Larry Iversen of Vancouver and David Iversen of Raleigh.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, 1499 N. Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio, with Rev. Dr. John Person officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, December 2, 2016, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Condolences for the family may be sent to In lieu of flowers, friends may send donations to State of the Heart Hospice, 1350 N. Broadway Street, Greenville, OH 45331.