Fr. Robert J.F. Ponec
Ponec, Fr. Robert J.F.

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Fr. Robert J.F. Ponec, Vicar of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, Omaha, NE, who passed away Sunday morning at home.

In his younger years, Robert was a drummer in a polka band, The Polka Dots, with his brother Bill. They played for many events in the Omaha and metropolitan area. Robert was selected to be a member of the United States Collegiate Wind Band which toured England, Holland, Belgium, France, and Russia in the summer of 1971. "Bob" and brother Bill took many adventurous trips together before beginning their professional lives.

Robert began his professional adult life in establishing R.J. Delivery, Inc Medical Courier Services. His company, well know in the metropolitan area for its care and compassion, served eastern Nebraska, southwestern Iowa, and northwestern Missouri. Robert served the community in this capacity until his retirement in 2014.

Robert trained for his service to Holy Orders for his entire life. He was an acolyte and then Masters of Ceremony at St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church. Robert then served as Junior Warden at age 19 and later as Senior Warden for several years. In 1999, he began study for the diaconate in the Anglican Province of Christ the King (APCK) and was ordained in August of 2000. Robert continued study at Joseph of Arimathea Seminary in Berkley, CA in 2005-2006. He was ordained priest in August of 2006. Robert "planted" a church in Sioux City, IA – St. Stephen the Martyr Anglican Church - in 2003 and served at that altar until 2018. He also established St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, Omaha in 2007. Robert has served the community as an Omaha Police Department Chaplain and member of the Board of Directors.

Robert is survived by his wife, his soulmate and partner of 43 years, Debra; brother, Bill Ponec and wife Nancy; nephew, John and wife Tracy and two great-nephews Brett and Bryce. His is also survived by sisters-in-law, Diana and husband Jared Jantz, Delores and husband Kenneth Prater; and brother-in-law, Donald Reed. Robert blessed the lives of 11 nieces and nephews and 19 great-nieces and nephews. He leaves numerous cousins and extended family members. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Betty and Bernard Ponec; and nephew, Jason Ponec.

A niece stated, "Uncle Bob never wanted to press for accolades, he served in the background…whether it was cooking for a crowd or making sure that everyone had a good time with one another. He was truly a servant leader."

Into thy hands, O merciful Saviour, we commend the soul of thy servant Robert+, now departed from the body. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech thee, a sheep of thine own fold, a lamb of thine own flock, a sinner of thine own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of thy mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

A Requiem Mass and Memorial will be offered later next summer. Bishop Donald Ashman, APCK, will officiate at the services. Memorials are suggested to St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, C/O Westminster Presbyterian, 3416 Woolworth Avenue, Omaha, NE 68106.


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Published by Omaha World-Herald from Dec. 2 to Dec. 6, 2020.
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I´m am very saddened to hear the news of Fr. Ponec. As an alter boy I knew him well at St. Martins Church. I looked up to him and respected him tremendously. My prayers go out to Debra and the family. He will be missed.
Stephen Walinski
December 11, 2020
To Bill, Nancy and Family, My sincere condolences to you on the death of your brother. He sounded like a wonderful person with many personal and civic achievements and sure he will be sorely missed. God Bless
Cathy Bodammer
December 10, 2020
Deb, I'm so sorry for your loss. So many fun memories with Bob at work, at the cabin, at your home, at my home or out on the town. All my prayers for you and the family. He was such a giving, loving, and truly amazing person and will be missed.
Missy Gorham
December 10, 2020
Deb, Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Sending hugs and love.
Wilma Foutch
December 7, 2020
Thank you for telling me about Bob`s life, especially how he was waiting for the right time for consecration as a bishop. Being chosen to be a bishop is testimony to the generous and effective service that he gave. Planting 2 new Anglican churches is quite a gift. I hope you find comfort in how very much his life meant.
Jim Cummings
December 6, 2020
Deb, I know it's been many years but as I was reading the obits I see the one regarding Bob. I darn near fell out of my chair with disbelieve. I always enjoyed talking to him during the years I had you all insured and when he started the deliver service. My memories were always good.
Ed Ficenec
December 4, 2020
Sorry to hear of the your lost. I knew Bob from Bryan High class of 1971. We were friends in JROTC. I remember he was a great drummer, golfer and shot on the small bore rifle team. I also fondly remember Vytas Jaudegis. Sorry I lost touch with Bob but rejoice for him as a brother in our Savior Jesus. Dwight and Sharon Becherer
Dwight Becherer
December 3, 2020
Oh Debra, I am beyond words! Bob will be missed by us all, I am truly sorry for your loss.
Jill Money
December 3, 2020
Dear Deb, I was so sorry to hear this news. May consolation be ever near you.
Perry Patty
December 3, 2020
So sorry hearing this news. I have been out of touch with Bob for some time but we played in the Polka Dots together for many years. My deepest sympathy to all the family.
Jim Spevak
December 3, 2020
Gail Jensen
December 3, 2020
Debbie My heart goes out to you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Bob will always be in your heart. I went to school with both of you at Bryan High School. Take care
Janine McLain Randazzo
December 3, 2020
May my beloved Bob rest in peace and glory. May he be remembered with love, joy and fondness. I met Bob in 1980, and he was always a blessing and honor in my life. My son David worked for him for some years. Well done good and faithful servant. Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord. Janet Arabella Baird Cosgrove
Janet Baird Cosgrove
December 2, 2020
Deb: I extend my deepest condolences on your loss. Peace, Mark
Mark Ware
December 2, 2020
So sorry to see that Robert passed. I enjoyed visiting with him, his brother Bill and their Dad when they would come to the Bohemian Cafe to eat. They were customers for many years. Our sympathies!!
Marsha Bogatz
December 2, 2020
My Condolences and prayers for his wife, Debra, and his Family! May God bless and comfort during this difficult time.
Raymond V Burt Sr
December 2, 2020
Deb, I will always have beautiful memories of Bob and you during our college days way back when. This world is blessed to have people like you and I was truly blessed to have shared a moment in time with you and your family.
Joe Kawa
December 2, 2020
Our deepest condolences go out to the Ponec and Reed families. Vytas went school with Bob and considered him a wonderful friend. They had a great time in band! Vytas also spent some time with Bob's parents. It was obvious that they raised him the right way to become the fantastic person he became. Deb is a wonderful person. Bob made the right choice for a wife. Annette and I feel a great sorrow for her, but we rejoice in having known Bob. He was one of the best. Again, our prayers go out to Deb, as well as to the Ponec and Reed families in their time of sorrow.
Vytas and Annette Jaudegis
December 2, 2020