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April 19, 2013

Roy K. Ponder

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Roy K. Ponder

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Roy K. Ponder, 57, of Fairbanks, Alaska, passed away tragically on April 7, 2013 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on the Parks Highway Alaska.

Roy was born on March 28, 1956 to Seldon and Edna Friend Ponder and grew up in the Stroudsburg Pennsylvania area. In his youth he could often be found working on vehicles and motorcycles, rebuilding his first engine at 14. At a very young age Roy became the man of the house, developing life skills that many don’t achieve until much later in life. Integrity, loyalty, courage, and responsibility are just a few qualities he gained and maintained throughout his life.

Roy graduated from the Stroudsburg Union High School in 1974.

He attended York College of Pennsylvania, where he achieved a B.S Cum Laude in Police Science in 1978. After college Roy was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1978 where he served for 15 years. Roy had many accomplishments in the Army but few were as dear to him as his graduation from the U.S. Army Ranger School. His superiors, peers, and subordinates described him as a man that could do absolutely anything, extremely intelligent, cool under stress, highly flexible, completely reliable with unquestionable integrity and moral standards. He excelled in all tasks and challenges. Throughout his military career, Roy found himself stationed at several different places including Germany, East Tennessee, Colorado, Alabama, West Virginia and Alaska. While stationed in Alaska he knew he had found the place he would call home.

Upon his departure from military service Roy began to contribute to the Fairbanks community. In 1993, Roy was employed for the State of Alaska Correctional Department as a correctional officer. Over the next six years he had what is described by fellow officers as a meteoric rise through the ranks, ending with the title of Acting Superintendent. Roy’s latest endeavor was as General Manager of The Woodway in Fairbanks. Roy had a major influence on every business and employee he ever worked with.

One of Roy’s most cherished achievements was the handcrafting of a home for himself and his wife Teresa. The craftsmanship and quality of that home is representative of the attention Roy paid to all aspects of his life. His love for Alaska was displayed in the activities he enjoyed including hiking, riding snow machines, camping, traveling the state, and simply being outdoors.

 Paramount for Roy was family. He enjoyed visits with his children and especially his grandchildren as often as possible. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

He is survived by his wife Teresa of 23 years; his sons Austin (Angela) Ponder of Jessup, Md., Daniel Roy Ponder of Carlisle, Pa., daughter Kristen (Chad) Trent of Erwin, Tenn., and son Ryan Clark of Bluefield, W.Va.; his siblings, brother Joe Ponder of Seattle, Wash., and sister Pat Ponder Smith of Bonita Springs, Fla.; brothers-in-law Kenneth Hall, of Princeton, W.Va., Keith Hall, of Knoxville Tenn.; sisters-in-laws Brenda Helton, of Lerona, of W.Va., Kathy Kelley, of Princeton, W. Va.; granddaughters Megan Ponder and Madison and McKinsey Trent; father and mother-in-law Dan and Leora Hall, Princeton W. Va., Uncle Dyche Ponder of Lancaster, Ky., Aunt Sally Dee Elrod of Madisonville, Tenn.; his nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents Seldon and Edna Friend Ponder and brothers-in-laws Jack Smith and Roger Hall.

The funeral service will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, at Stith Funeral Home, 318 W. Broadway, Danville, Ky. Burial will be in the Manse Cemetery, Paint Lick, Ky. Visitation will be from 11 to 1 p.m., Tuesday prior to the service.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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