Mr. Ronald B. Ponton, 82 of Ashkum, Illinois passed away on Monday June 7, 2021 at Amita Health St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee following a short illness. Mr. Ponton was born in Ashkum, IL on April 16, 1939, the son of Burnal J. and Oleida Rabideau Ponton. His parents are deceased as is a brother in law, Richard Phelps. Mr. Ponton married Patricia A. King on August 17, 1963 at Assumption BVM Church in Ashkum and his wife, Pat survives. In addition to his wife he is survived by a daughter and son in law, Tammy and Rick Saathoff of Ashkum and a son and daughter in law, Todd and Shelley Ponton also of Ashkum. There are three grandchildren, Alan Ponton, Jordan Saathoff, and Jared Saathoff, all of Ashkum. In addition, there is a sister, Mrs. Lois J. Phelps and two brothers and sisters in law, Steve and Joan Ponton and Daniel and Kim Ponton all of Ashkum, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Ponton was a member of Assumption BVM Church in Ashkum. He enjoyed NASCAR and being with family, especially his grandchildren. Mr. Ponton was a petroleum trucker and after 62 years was still actively trucking at the time of his becoming ill. He spent most of his career with Meier Oil and Manito Trucking. There will be a visitation on Thursday (June 10, 2021) from 4 until 7 PM at the Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton, IL. Private family services will be held on Friday also at the Knapp Funeral Home with burial in Ashkum Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are for the Donor's Choice.
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