Waterford - Lyman Russell Pond Jr., passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014, at his residence on Cinderella Lane, Quaker Hill, which he often referred to as "God's Country".
He was born Dec. 16, 1922, the son of Lyman R. Pond Sr. and Helen (Rogers) Pond, in New London. Russ worked as superintendent for 52 years at Stone Container (formerly Continental Can). A large celebration of over 200 guests including family, friends, co-workers and politicians was given in his honor by the plant thanking him for his 50 years of dedicated service.
He proudly served in the Army
Air Force, serving over 10 months in India as a flight engineer and top gunner. Upon discharged, he served three years in the Army reserves and another three years in the Air Force reserves. He achieved the rank of staff sargent.
Pepe was a strong example to his grandchildren who provided him with much love and joy. He loved his land and spent many hours before his sickness in the gardens and on his backhoe helping to build numerous projects for his grandchildren, relatives, and friends.
Russ is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years, Rita Valliere Pond. He also leaves daughter, Rustie Crossman and her husband, John Crees; son-in-law, Phil Clark; and daughter-law, Joan K. Pond; sisters, Margie Fisher, Marion Benjamin, Helen "Honey" Jacobs and her husband, Tom; and brother, Robert Pond and his wife, Emma. He also leaves grandchildren, Vicky (Pond) Spakowski and her husband, Timothy, Lyman R. Pond IV and his wife, Carol, Katherine (Pond) Sharpe and her husband, William, Rita Clark Manglinkx, Tina Clark Poudrette and her husband, Joe, Tawnya Crossman Eastman and her husband, Alan, Christopher Pond and his fiance, Caitlin Stoddard. He also leaves his pride and joys, 17 great-grandchildren.
He's predeceased by his son, Lyman R. Pond III; and his daughter, Elaine (Pond) Clark. He is predeceased by siblings, Fred Pond, Richard Pond, Lucy Bunnell and Dot Bustard. He was also predeceased by grandchildren, Elaine Pond and Lucy (Pond) Manchester.
The family would like to thank Dr. Steven Johnson and Dr. Jason Haldas for their wonderful care of Lyman.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 14, at the Woyasz & Son Funeral Home, 11 Jerome Road, Uncasville. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the funeral home.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.