Bruce W. Ponath, 53

Bruce William Ponath, age 53, of Belle Plaine, former member of the Silver Lake Police Department, passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday, Nov. 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church in Belle Plaine with Fr. Brian Lynch officiating. There will be visitation from 9 to 10:30 a.m., prior to Mass. Interment will be in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Belle Plaine.

Bruce was born Sept. 19, 1965, in Glencoe, to Charles and Lucille (Lustman) Ponath. He grew up on the family farm in New Auburn Township, and graduated from Glencoe High School.

He graduated from Bemidji State University in 1988, and completed skills training in Alexandria.

Bruce married Stephanie Jean Kading May 9, 1992.

He worked for the police departments in Silver Lake, Stewart, and Le Center. He later joined Sibley County, where he served as a deputy, four years as chief deputy, and 16 years as sheriff.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Stephanie; sons Taylor, Max and Mason; parents Charles and Lucille Ponath; brother Brian (Cheri) Ponath; and sister Julie (Todd) Johnson.

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