HUBBARD, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Frederick Ponting, 72, of Hubbard, Ohio, passed away at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Washington Square Healthcare, Warren, Ohio.
Mr. Ponting was born February 17, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan, a son of the late Mark F. and Laura Mae (Lancaster) Ponting.
He attended the former Woodrow Wilson High School, Youngstown, Ohio.
Fred proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps, doing three tours of duty in the Vietnam War, as a military policeman and an air traffic controller.
Upon his honorable discharge, Fred began a long career as a truck driver. He was employed as a driver for Hoge Motor Company, Springfield, Tennessee; the former Jevic Transportation, Delanco, New Jersey; Baylor Trucking, Milan, Indiana and spent the most time at PI&I Motor Express, Masury, Ohio.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #3767, Hubbard.
Fred loved animals; especially cats and dogs and going for rides on his motorcycle.
He is survived by his son, Jeffrey Ponting of Hubbard; his longtime companion, Jerry Thompson of Masury; two sisters, Willa Huser and her husband, Vern and Elizabeth Runyan, all of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In addition to his parents, Fred was preceded in death by a brother, James Runyan.
Calling hours will be Noon – 2:00 p.m., until the time of the service, Wednesday, April 17 in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 East State Street, Sharon.
Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in the funeral home. Military honors will be rendered by the Wheatland, West Middlesex and Farrell Honor Guard.
Interment will be in America’s Cemetery, Hermitage.
A television tribute will air Monday, April 15 at the following approximate times: 6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.