Bob was born to Robert and Ida Mae (Jones) Pontious, and raised by uncle and aunt Oscar and Inez Pike after the death of his mother when he was six months old.
Bob graduated from Princeton High School in 1957. In September of that year he married Rosalie Peterson. They had two children before divorcing in 1962. Bob married the love of his life, Shearon Powell on July 1, 1972. They have one daughter.
Bob and Shearon farmed and raised livestock in Princeton for many years, traveling around the state with their infamous five-legged steer, Maynard. Bob clerked auctions at the Princeton Livestock Market and Wayne Pike Auction Center.
Bob joined the Princeton Moose Lodge in 1988 as a charter member and was a very active and dedicated member earning his Pilgrim Degree, the top honor, in 2002. Bob loved the Moose organization and believed in what the Moose stands for. He spent many working hours promoting the lodge and assumed multiple responsibilities before becoming the gambling manager in 1993. He retired his position in 2004 after purchasing his retirement home in Yuma, Ariz.
Bob enjoyed hunting and fishing and could often be found hanging out with friends at the Moose Lodge. In the summer, he looked forward to spending time at the beach with his family.
Bob is survived by his loving wife, Shearon; daughters, Dawn Pontious and Valerie (John) Boudin; daughter-in-law Terri Pontious; brothers James, Al (Lu), and John (Doris) Pontius; sister and brother-in-law Ruth Sanford and Dale Phelps; sister-in-law Lorraine Pike; grandchildren Leslie (Matt) Sorenson, Natasha (Jeremy) Hanson, Travis (Honey) Pontious, and Lacey Pontious; five great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, cousins and loving friends.
Bob was welcomed into Heaven by his parents; son Bobby; granddaughter Stephanie; Oscar and Inez Pike; and brothers Ralph and Walt Pontious and John Pike.
A memorial service will be held at Steven’s Restaurant in Princeton. Date to be published. The family invites everyone to join them to celebrate Bob’s life and the great memories and funny stories he has left with us! Condolences may be sent in lieu of flowers.