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Jerry Powell Metz


June 25, 1935 - October 12, 2002

Jerry Powell Metz, Sugar Land, Texas, passed away on October 12, 2002. He was born on the family farm to John (Jack) William and Emma Hitz Metz, Stafford County, Kansas.

He attended Kennelworth Rural Grade School, St. John Kansas, and graduated from St. John High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees from Kansas State University, where he taught geological sciences as a graduate student. He was president of Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity and active in college inter-mural sports and geological organizations.

While attending college, he met Connie Taylor from Salina, Kansas. They married in 1958 and recently celebrated their forty-fourth wedding anniversary.

Jerry had over forty years in oil and gas exploration, enjoying his work and professional friendships. He worked in many locales such as Salem, Illinois; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Lexington and Henderson, Kentucky; Midland, Texas and on Australian projects. For the past four years and until the day before he died, he worked as a contract consultant with Ryder Scott Company of Houston.

As he transferred from place to place, he was active in several Presbyterian Churches including serving as Elder in Midland Grace Presbyterian Church.

In Midland, he was Little League Baseball Commissioner, Lee High School Chorale Booster Club President, coach for several youth basketball and baseball programs and was active in Indian Guides and Indian Princesses.

In later years his hobbies included enjoying his grandchildren, reading, and a passion for genealogy. His family, both immediate and extended, were at the top of his list.

Jerry is lovingly remembered by his wife, Connie; son, Mark Taylor Metz and his wife Sarah Ann Lee; daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Ash and her husband, David and their daughters, Ellen and Emily; sister, Alice Swain and her husband Ercell; sister, Velma (Val) Van der Veer; sister Bonnie Ashford and her husband, Ted; Margaret Frink and her husband Russell; as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John William and Emma Hitz Metz, as well as three brothers, Franklin, John Jr. (Jack), and Harold.

Memorial Celebration Services were held on October 18th at 2 PM, Settegast-Kopf Co., funeral home, 15015 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, Texas, 281-565-5015.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to K-State Foundation for the KSU Geology Department Henry Beck Fund (52275) at Dept. of Geology, Kansas State University, Thompson Hall, Manhattan, Kansas 66506.

 

 
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