Wayne L. Pontious

June 23, 1926May 23, 2013

Wayne Ledger Pontious was born on June 23, 1926, in Sterling, Illinois.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marie, 3 stepchildren, Donna (Steve) Gibson, Kim (Rich) Magaldi, Jeff (Shayla) Lengel, 9 step grandchildren, Kristi (Matt) Carr, R.J. Magaldi, Kelli Gibson, Bryan Magaldi, Colby Lengel, Levi Lengel, Logan Goodman, Cade Lengel, and Reed Lengel, 2 brothers, William (Dorothy) Pontious and Neil (Carol) Pontious, 2 nieces and 3 nephews.

At 17, he enlisted in the US Navy and served on the US Halford destroyer during World War II. In the sixties, he moved to Bradenton and was co-owner of Sunshine Mowers, manufacturer of the EZ-roll high wheel mower and the 3-wheel adult trike. Upon retiring in the 1970's, he took up the hobby of restoring antique cars, and was a member of the Vintage Wheels of Bradenton, Marc Club of Sarasota, and Antique Auto Club of America in Ontelawnee, PA.

He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bradenton, and The Elks Club of Manatee County.

Services will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 6311 3rd Avenue W., Bradenton, Florida, with a reception immediately following. A Committal service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Rotunda, Manasota Memorial Park, 1221 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice or Redeemer Lutheran Church


  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 15, 2013
  • Committal Saturday, June 15, 2013

Wayne L. Pontious

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June 15, 2013

We are thinking of you especially tomorrow with the memorial service. It's so hard to bury a spouse but now it's the second time around. We love you.
Dot and Arlan

Jim Gentile

June 13, 2013

Dear Marie,

I was sadden to hear of Wayne's passing. Even though his and my relationship was in business, I still considered him a friend.I will miss the bantering and "tips" that he would give me each year that you brought in your IRS "stuff" for me to file your personal tax return.

I have no doubt that Wayne is giving the "Big Guy" pointers on how to better run heaven.

Unfortunately, I will be out of the State at the time of Wayne's celebration of life and will not be in attendance.

My deepest condolences to you and your family on your loss.

Best to you,

Jim Gentile

Susan Krahn

June 2, 2013

Hello Marie,
I heard from my sister Mary today about the passing of our Uncle Wayne. My Mother and his wife Anne were sisters. As children living in Michigan we always so looked forward to the visits of our Aunt Anne and Uncle Wayne from Florida. Together they brought a sense of fun. Uncle Wayne was always trying to entertain us kids with his very silly sense of humor. Putting on wigs and playing piano etc. He was always asking questions and showing an interest in everything we did. When we visited Florida I remember going to Sunshine Mowers, seeing the Manitees, and going to the Kapok Tree.
Though my aunt passed away some years ago now, our family always fondly remembers our time with Uncle Wayne. So really he had 3 more nieces and another nephew.
When he wrote to me that he was going to marry you he encouraged me by hoping I would find someone special too which I did a year later. It was such a sweet letter that I still have. We were glad he found you to continue sharing his life with someone.
Best to you, Susan Krahn

Verna Bubbenmoyer

May 29, 2013

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

May 29, 2013

Woody and I will always remember Wayne's dry sense of humor. When I would call to speak to you sometimes, he would tell me, you weren't home that you were yodeling with friends. We always had a good time when you came to PA. We'll miss him.
Susie and Woody Lutz