John Ponegalek, age 68, of Three Oaks, Michigan passed away surrounded by his family Thursday morning, April 12, 2012 at his home.
John was born December 10, 1943 in Lakeside, Michigan to the late John C. and Stella (Holy) Ponegalek. John joined the US Navy and served during the Vietnam War. During a leave stateside he married the love of his life Marilyn Pavur on March 19, 1966. Following his discharge they lived in several different states before settling into their current home in Three Oaks, in June of 1973. John worked in the foundries at Clarke Equipment, Independent Steel and Bendix, later owning and operating Rep-Tile. After retirement he remained active and did construction work and property maintenance. A true outdoors man, John loved spending his days hunting, fishing, or working in the yard. He took hunting trips to Colorado, Wyoming and Canada and dreamed of a trip to Alaska he was to take this fall. John was proud of his service to his country and was a former member of the Three Oaks American Legion and was a member of the New Troy American Legion WeeChik Post #518. Above all, John adored spending time with his family and loved every moment spent with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Ponegalek; his daughters: Christine and Allan Gnodtke, and their children Tyler, Kyle, Kelsey, of Three Oaks, Carey and David Lohraff and their children Julia and Jacob of Galien, and Candace and Jay Czuk and their children Brandon and Olivia of LaPorte; brothers and sisters: Donald (Judy) Ponegalek, David (Patricia) Ponegalek, Lois (Gordon) Krishbaum, Laverne (Arthur) Hut, James Ponegalek, and Keith (Linda) Ponegalek; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at the Pobocik Funeral Home with a prayer and eulogy service at 7:00 pm. A private service with military honors will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger; P.O. Box 5127 Warren, MI 48090
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