Milton J. Poncelet, 84Mr. Poncelet, 84, of Red Wing, Minn., and formerly of rural Lake City, Minn., died Friday morning, Dec. 14, at the Red Wing Health Center in Red Wing.
The funeral Mass for Milton J. Poncelet will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bellechester, Minn., with Father Bruce Peterson officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Bellechester.
Mr. Poncelet, 84, of Red Wing, Minn., and formerly of rural Lake City, Minn., died Friday morning, Dec. 14, at the Red Wing Health Center in Red Wing.
Milton Joseph Poncelet was born July 18, 1928, in Red Wing, to Theodore and Mary (Yungers) Poncelet. He attended school in Bellechester and then went on to the U of M Agriculture School. Milton served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On May 28, 1960, he married Mary Ann Busch at St. Felix Catholic Church in Wabasha, Minn.; Mary died Oct. 1, 1996.
Milton owned and operated Goodhue County Implement in the early 1960s and then went to work for Di-Acro in Lake City for 18 years. He then sold insurance for "The Farmer," then did custom combining, corn shelling, and scrap metal work. Milton was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bellechester and was a former Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus in Bellechester.
Milton is survived by six sons, Eugene (Mary) Poncelet of Pine Island, Minn., Kevin Poncelet of Zumbrota, Minn., David (Shelley) Poncelet of Lake City, Joseph (Jo) Poncelet of Lake City, Daniel (Jackie Distad) Poncelet of Goodhue, Minn., and Gerard Poncelet of Mazeppa, Minn.; two daughters, Leah (Steve) Kent of Blooming Prairie, Minn., and Margaret (Chris) Gardner of Owatonna, Minn.; 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; one sister, Donna (Don) Knudsen of Billings, Mont., and one brother, Raymond (Gloria) Poncelet of Goodhue.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one brother; one infant son; and one grandson, Brandon.
Friends and family may visit from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel in Lake City, and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. A prayer service will be at 4 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel, 1865 S. Hwy 61, PO Box 300, Lake City, MN, 651-345-5778. Guest register may be signed online at www.schleicherfuneralhomes.com.