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Harold "Lee" Ponsler

1943 - 2021

Connelly Chapel


Harold “Lee” Ponsler, age 77, of Vandalia, died peacefully Saturday, June 12, 2021 in his home.

His life began December 6, 1943 in Columbus, Indiana the oldest child born to Henry and Freida Ponsler.  After his mother passed when he was young, his father remarried Betty Ponsler who became his mother.  He married Martha L. Badger June 21, 1969 in South Bend, Indiana.

Lee cherished and was proud of his kids and grandchildren; his family was his greatest joy.  He enjoyed playing billiards and golfing.  He was an accomplished public speaker and dabbled in sleight of hand magic.         

Lee will be greatly missed by family and friends.  He is survived by his wife of fifty-two years, Martha L. Ponsler of Vandalia; two daughters, Michelle (Dan) Sine of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Lori (Amber Farmer) Ponsler of Osceola, Indiana; one son, Christopher (Kelly) Ponsler Fishers, Indiana; four grandchildren, Kyle, Katie, Shane, Ace and one on the way; three sisters, Harriet (Blair) Prigg of Indiana, Barbara Roberts of Dale, Indiana, Martha Ponsler of Indiana; three brothers, David (Sandee) Ponsler Gaston, Indiana, Mark (Annamarie) Ponsler of Florida, Paul (Kelly) Ponsler of Anderson, Indiana; and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will observe a private remembrance. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis.  Please share a memory or a message online:



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Chris Ponsler

July 7, 2021 10:39 PM

Thanks for everything Dad. We love you.

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July 7, 2021 10:37 PM

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Dan Johnson

June 16, 2021 8:47 AM

Lee was a beautiful human being with a soft spot for me as his son Chris’ friend in high school. His sense of humor, his tone of voice…he always had a playful and mischievous side. I’ll always remember his sleight of hand and laughing at the stories he’d tell. I’m thankful he was such an integral part of my formative years. He is loved and will be missed. Thank you for sharing your light with the world and for touching the lives of others with your kindness.

Lois and John Groszek

June 15, 2021 9:32 AM

Lee was a very upbeat, funny guy.  Always loved his stories and his jokes.  He really brightened up the neighborhood.  He will be greatly missed by all.  Chips loved his pats on the head and especially the TREATS!  Rest in Peace Lee, your struggles are over.  Deepest condolences to Marti and all the family.  Lee was a great father and grandfather and his support within the family is a great loss.  Have fun on the links in Heaven!

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