LOCAL LEGACY: Learning becomes a lasting love for Pontzius

Editor’s note: The following is the second part to a two-part series on the life of Jon Pontzius.COLUMBIA CITY — “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young,” said American icon Henry Ford.That quote could easily sum up the mantra exhibited in the life of Jon Pontzius, a resident of Whitley County.Pontzius grew up on a farm on Riley Road, which has been in his family for more than 150 years.Although crops and cattle were a part of life on the farm, Pontzius chose to attend the University of Washington where he studied history and later majored in philosophy. Twenty-seven years of journaled perspective and insight came from his time spent pondering. It’s Pontzius’ way of thinking that set him on a path different from his family’s farming heritage.“I have had a much greater interest in nature, the environment and pursuing truth and wisdom rather than the common ambitions of making money and climbing the professional ladder,” Pontzius said. “I’ve concentrated on just doing my own thing, however mediocre that may or may not turn out to be.”At age 74, Pontzius is still learning. An avid reader and book collector, he decided more than 20 years ago to develop his artistic interest, which has continued to evolve to include sculptures that are still taking shape today.To read the rest of this story, see the Nov. 1 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.