Robert E. Pontet

Thursday, May 14, 2020
Robert E. Pontet

Bob was born June 16, 1937, at the Columbus Hospital in Great Falls, Montana and raised in Highwood. Bob joined the Army in 1956 and during his time in the service in Alaska he mastered the skill of boxing, which he proudly taught his daughters.

After his honorable discharge from the service, Bob met the love of his life, Patricia “Pat” Tibbles, at a spring barn dance in Loma, Montana. They married on August 22, 1959. Their oldest daughter, Shellie, was born in Great Falls in 1960. Two years later their second daughter, Jenny was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Soon thereafter, the Pontet family of four made their way to Anchorage, Alaska where Bob honed his carpentry skills rebuilding after the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake. Alaska was a good fit for Bob, a man’s man, hardworking, hunter with a pioneer spirit met “the one” he would devote the rest of his life to, his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

He traveled to Bethel, Tetlin, Athabascan Village in Norway and Fair banks became routes in the summer to evangelize the natives. Some of his cherished works of service included repairing and building houses of worship, the Pentecostal Holiness churches in Fairbanks and Anchorage, and many years later, the Belt Community Church. In 1969 Bob and Pat were foundational supporters of the Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission, which to this day they continue to support.

Over a decade later, the mountains of Montana called him home. He packed up his growing family with the addition of another daughter, Shawn Marie, and the Pontet’s arrived in Belt, Montana April 1975, to ranch the family Penn place. In 1979, their fourth daughter, Kristy Ann, was born in Great Falls. A man who wanted boys was blessed with four vivacious daughters whom he taught the value of a strong work ethic, integrity and love for God and country.

Bob worked for Cal and Elaine McCafferty for a few years before leaving for Big Timber to pastor a church for five years. An ordained minister in the Church of God, Bob loved to share the word, which he did through many churches and ministries. All the while he cowboyed and worked construction throughout Montana. We still enjoy pointing out the many sites that dad/grandpa built.

Always serving his community, Bob was a longtime chaplain for Sweet Grass County, and although he retired from Cascade Electric at 72, he never retired from serving God, becoming a chaplain for Benefits West Hospital. As part of his ministry, Bob, with his wife Pat, placed many couples he counseled and married on their prayer list, which we are certain is why, to this day, none have divorced.

Bob enjoyed supporting his children, grandchildren and community athletes at local sporting events. Assuredly he was the fan and sometimes ejected because of his “enthusiasm.” Bob also enjoyed cowboying. Wherever a rider was needed, he volunteered. Always good for a clean joke, most of his sermons began with one and many were told to just get a reaction out of Patricia.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Robert W. Pontet Sr. and Gladys (Penn) Pontet, step-mom Rose Pontet and grandson Chase Urick.

Bob is survived by his wife Patricia, daughters Shellie Pontet, Jenny (Ronald) Gondeiro , Shawn Marie (Michael) Aiken and Kristy (Chad) Stroop, 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

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