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
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
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
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.