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Norbert Edward Ponto

November 21, 1931 April 30, 2018
Norbert Edward Ponto
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Obituary for Norbert Edward Ponto

Norbert Edward Ponto, age 86 of Brandon, SD, formerly of Worthington, MN, entered fully into the presence of his Lord and Savior on April 30, 2018 surrounded by his family and friends.
Norb was born November 21, 1931 to Fritz and Florence (Erwin) Ponto of Worthington, MN. He attended country school by Worthington and grade school and high school in Worthington. He married Esther J. Buntjer on December 14, 1951 at the Church of Christ in Worthington.
Norb worked for Prouty Grocery in Worthington from 1951-1952 until he entered the United States Army in September 1952. He proudly served his country in the Korean Conflict. After being Honorably Discharged in 1954, he went to work for Capital Dairy, which later became Wells Blue Bunny. He worked there for 9 years in delivery and later as Manager. In 1963 he went to work for Hiland Potato Chip Company in Worthington, Sioux Falls, and Des Moines, IA. He served as Executive Vice-President until 1977. He returned to Worthington and became a representative for Equitable Life Insurance of the U.S. in Worthington until 1998 and then in Sioux Falls, SD from 1998 until 2003. He earned Hall of Fame in 1989.
Norb was a member of the Church of Christ in Worthington where he served as Deacon and in other programs. He later was a member of Oakwood Park Christian Church in Sioux Falls after moving to South Dakota.
He was a member of Pheasants Forever Chapter in Worthington, Worthington Gun Club, Wild Life Programs, American Legion in Garretson, SD, Garretson Senior Citizen Center, and Siouxland Rifle and Pistol in Brandon where he was a range officer. Norb loved to hunt and fish with his grandchildren and his family.
Survivors who are thankful to have shared his life are his wife, Esther, son Bruce (Kris) Ponto of Sioux Falls, daughter Lona Sue (Mike) Jensen of Garretson, four grandchildren, Brooke Anne Ponto of Sioux Falls, Andrews James (Spencer) Ponto of Aberdeen, NC, Melissa Sue Jensen of Sioux Falls, Benjamin Michael Jensen of Garretson, and three great grandchildren. One sister, Beverly Houska from Canyon City, CO, nieces, nephews, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert Ponto.
Visitation will be held on Friday, May 4, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, MN. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to service, at the Worthington Christian Church in Worthington, MN. Burial, with military rites, will be held in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery with lunch at the church following burial.
Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.

Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

4

May

5:00 PM 5/4/2018 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/4/2018 7:00:00 PM
Benson Funeral Home

1225 Ryans Road
Worthington, MN 56187

Benson Funeral Home
1225 Ryans Road Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Service

Saturday

5

May

11:00 AM 5/5/2018 11:00:00 AM
Benson Funeral Home

1225 Ryans Road
Worthington, MN 56187

Benson Funeral Home
1225 Ryans Road Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

29600 County Highway 35
Worthington, MN 56187

29600 County Highway 35 Worthington 56187 MN
United States
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