Gregory Alan "Wildman" Pontsler,
54, of Rockford passed away at 9:00 am on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at
Lima Memorial Hospital.
He was born on August 9, 1967, in Celina, Ohio the son of the late
Eugene Pontsler and Vivian Heppeard Pontsler. On June 22, 1991, he
married the former Jami Longstreth, who survives.
Greg was raised in Rockford, Ohio and lived his entire life there. He
was a graduate of Parkway High School. Greg was a member of the Rockford
Fraternal Order of Eagles Post 1292, the Willshire American Legion Post
207, and the Celina Moose Post 1473.
He had worked at Fleetwood Motor Homes as well as Reynolds and Reynolds.
Greg was also a long-time Rockford Town Council member. He was an avid
fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, The Ohio State Buckeyes, the New York
Yankees, and the Parkway Panthers, especially his favorite Panthers
Fletcher and Colbie. Greg loved cruising through town and visiting with
people as he went along. He often could be found hanging out at the
Rockford Town Hall, DJ Auto, and the Eagles. We will all miss Greg's
banter and lively conversations.
In addition to his wife, Jami, Greg is survived by three sons; Cort
(Mandy) Smith of Rockford, Ohio, Chase (Jenn) Tinnel of Charlotte, North
Carolina, and Cain Pontsler of Columbus, Ohio; two Brothers, Gary
(Kathy) Pontsler of Decatur, Indiana, and Rick Pontsler of Rockford,
Ohio; one sister, Linda Pontsler of Van Wert, Ohio; two grandchildren,
Fletcher Smith and Colbie Smith; and several nieces and nephews. Greg
also had a pet dog, Henley, that was very special to him.
Services will be held at11:00 am Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at Ketcham
Ripley Funeral Home with Pastor Ken Meyer, officiating. Interment will
follow in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford, OH.
Family and friends will be received Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from 3:00
pm until 7:00 pm at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gregory`s memory may be
sent to the Parkway Athletic Boosters, or to Community Health
To share in Gregory's online memorial, please visit
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, 111 W.
First Street, Rockford, OH 45882.