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Dr. Daniel Merle Pontius, 76, died August 4, 2019 in Lansing, Michigan. He was born March 17, 1943 in Canton, Ohio, the son of Paul and Martha Pontius. He graduated from Hoover High School in North Canton, Ohio, in the class of 1961 and from Capital University in 1965 receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri in 1972. Dr. Pontius completed his internship and surgical residency at Martin Place Hospital in Madison Heights, Michigan. In 1977, he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to join Rocky Mountain Medical Arts as a general surgeon at Eisenhower Hospital. His medical practice continued at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital in Manistique, Michigan, and at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital in Lawrenceville, Illinois, until his retirement in 2013.

Dr. Pontius was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and served on the Board at Zion Lutheran Church in Manistique, Michigan. He was a lover of all animals, enjoyed snowmobiling and snowmobile racing, and traveling in the motor home with his family. He was an avid sports fan, especially when it came to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Dr. Pontius was very proud of his German heritage and joined the Pontius Family Association to continue to learn about his ancestors and “The Bridge Builder” surname.

Survivors include: wife, Judyann Pontius of Lansing, Michigan; daughter, Aimee (Christopher) Crespin of Peyton, Colorado; son, Ryan (Stephanie) Pontius of Colorado Springs, Colorado; daughter, Lindsey (Jason) Harper of Ann Arbor, Michigan; stepdaughter, Tama (Rich) Cunningham of Lansing, Michigan; twelve grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

Visitation will be held on Monday, September 23 at 10:00 AM followed by a memorial service at 11:00 AM at Peace Lutheran Church, 830 North Cochran, Charlotte, Michigan. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dr. Pontius’s life. Interment will take place in Canton, Ohio, at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs, the Eva Burrell Animal Shelter in Manistique, Lawrence County Humane Society in Lawrenceville, Jackson-Madison County Humane Society in Jackson, or Ingham County Animal Shelter in Lansing.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Michigan Crematin & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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15 Comments

  1. Steve and Sherri Emison on August 16, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Judy, we are praying for you at this time! We loved Dan! I know how sad it is to say goodbye to our loved ones!!! We love you and miss you! We hope to see you soon! Steve and Sherri



  2. Becky MILES on August 17, 2019 at 2:38 am

    Judy, please know that Tom and I are so sorry about Dan passing. Please stay strong during this trying time. Call for anything. We love you, Becky & Tom



  3. Stacey and Doug Morrison on August 17, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    So sorry to hear of the death of Dr. Pontius. Love and prayers sent to you all.



  4. Sharon and Denny Boyd on August 18, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    To the Pontius family,
    We are deeply sorry for your familys lose! Denny and myself really appreciated the interest that Dr. Pontius always took in our family. We remember when we first moved back to Manistique and seeing Judy and Doc at Big Springs at the Friday night fish fry. Both of you were always so friendly. You always were asking about our immediate family including our children! He will be missed!
    Sharon & Denny Boyd



  5. Barbara Holmberg on August 20, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    So sorry to hear of Dr Pontius. He performed all 3 of my surgeries, Manistique was fortunate to have such a caring surgeon. Thoughts and prayers to your families. You both touched so many lives.



  6. Jen Casey on August 21, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of working with Dr. Pontius at Schoolcraft. He never forgot a patient that he had seen and helped so many people.



  7. Jim Doyle on August 26, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Sorry to hear of Doc’s passing. We became good friends during his time as my neighbor in Illinois. Miss our backyard talks.I think we always had a good story for each other.



  8. shannon shick on August 31, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    I worked with Dr. Pontius at Lawrence County Memorial. May God be with the Pontius family in this time of sorrow.



  9. Dr. Richard and Barbara McCreery on September 3, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Condolences and love to all his family. Dan was a great friend and associate in Colorado Springs for many years. He served his patients and profession with skill and compassion. He will be missed.



  10. Don & Janine Tyrrell on September 8, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Dear Judy & Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers during your time of loss. I was Dr. Pontius’s first C-Section patient on the first day he was hired back in July 1987. We thank God and Dr. Pontius for a healthy delivery of our daughter, Marie, and the excellent care given to me and my family throughout his years in Manistique. He always asked about the family whenever we met and you always had a smile and something nice to say. Please know that you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers!



  11. Debra Miller on September 11, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    My condolences to Mrs. Pontius and family during this time. I worked with Dr Pontius during his tenure at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital. May God grant you strength and peace.



  12. TOM MILES on September 12, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Loyal friend, trusted physician I miss you greatly . Dr.Tom Miles



  13. Ethel Gallagher on September 19, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    So sorry for your loss.
    Prayers and thoughts for all the family.
    I had the pleasure to work with Dr. Pontius for years at SMH
    He was a great surgeon.
    He will be missed by all.



  14. Jason Yirsa on September 19, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Great memories of growing up next to your family. Dr. Pontus treated me like a son when I would show up at your doorstep. What a great guy. He will be greatly missed. LTC Yirsa.



  15. Kay & Tim Williams on September 22, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Dear Little Sister. You know what you and Dan mean to our family. You are a very special part of us starting with the day you and Dan came to the hospital and brought SKYE. You have been a very dear friend to my folks as well. Just know my prayers for you continue. Dan is waiting for us all. Love you and your furr babies..



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