Obituary: Earl A. Pontzloff

Nov. 6, 1926 – Jan. 7, 2020

Earl A. Pontzloff, 93, of Fish Creek died at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.

He was born in Casco to Albert and Clara (Rhode) Pontzloff. At age 16, Earl went to work at the shipyard, in addition to working full time on the farm with his father.

In 1951, Earl and his family suffered a devastating loss when his father was killed in an automobile accident. Earl’s resilience was evident even then when he pushed through the family’s tragedy and eventually bought his own 180-acre farm in Gibraltar Township.

On November 20, 1946, he married Lucille Mary Jacobe at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Baileys Harbor. She died Jan. 23, 2012. They enjoyed 30 years of winters together at their Florida home.

Earl was a member of the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church and an avid outdoorsperson who enjoyed deer hunting and fishing whenever he had the opportunity.

Survivors include his two sons, Kenneth (Linda) of Liberty Township, Ohio, Tom (Faye) of Sturgeon Bay; six grandchildren, Kevin (Dr. Kavya) Pontzloff of Westchester, Ohio, Kristal (Paul) Flood of Spanish Fort, Alabama, Korey (Carrie) of Liberty Township, Kyle (Mary) Pontzloff of Oakwood, Ohio, Tammy (Rusty) Bronson of Milwaukee, Sheila (Paul) Klansky of Egg Harbor; 11 great-grandchildren, Zachary and Ryan Flood, Kriya Pontzloff, Emma, Ella and Ava Pontzloff, Charlotte, Graham and Gabriel Pontzloff, Brooke Klansky, Olivia and Graham Bronson.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Albert and Clara Pontzloff; wife, Lucille Pontzloff; sister, Bernice; and brother, George.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 14, 11 am, at Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church, with Rev. David Leistra officiating. Burial will be at Bayside Cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday, Jan. 13, 5-8 pm, at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay; and will continue Jan. 14, 10-10:50 am, at the church.

Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos of Earl can be shared through his tribute page at

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