Jerry W. Ponstine

March 8, 2018

Jerry Wayne Ponstine passed away on March 6, 2018 at Curry House Assisted Living. He was 71. Jerry was born on December 1, 1946 in Vogel Center to Herman and Frederica (Dick) Ponstine.

Jerry attended Vogel Center Christian Reformed Church all of his life, he was the head usher for many years. He loved going for rides seeing the country, checking the crops, and hauling cattle to livestock to actions. He was known as “JPS”, he earned that name for running errands for local farmers.

Jerry W. Ponstine

Jerry W. Ponstine

He worked on the family farm for many years; his favorite part was driving the silage truck. Jerry also loved going to the coffee shop and visiting with everyone that was there. He also worked for Cadillac Rubber and Plastic and Portable Grinder with Willie Hoekwater. Surviving him is his mother, Frederica Ponstine, sisters, Donna (Marv) Bode, Trish (Den) Agema, Deb (Tom) Winkel, nieces and nephews, Mark ( Jody) Bode, Dale (Beckey) Bode, John Bode (friend Vicki), Amy (Rob) Raak, Chad (Courtney) Agema, Jamie (Jeremy) Eling, Eric Winkel (friend Ashley), and Bryce (Ashlie) Winkel, and many other great nieces and great nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Herman Ponstine, brother, Percy Lee, and great nephew, Travis Lee Bode.

Funeral services will be at Vogel Center Christian Reformed Church at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday with one hour prior visitation, Rev. Adam Barton will officiate and burial will take place in the Vogel Center Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held at the Burkholder Family Funeral Home on Friday from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to Vogel Center CRC or Hospice of Michigan.

Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain is in charge of the funeral arrangements and thoughts and prayers may be left at

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