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Joe Metza Jr.

Metza Jr., Joe Born in the old Saint Paul Hospital in Dallas, Texas on Brian Street of parents Joe Douglas Metze & Lillian Tomlinson Metze. He married Leatha Wood in 1962 whom passed away in 1983. He then married Linda Odom in 1986 whom has been at his side since. Joe graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in January 1943. He attended The University of Texas in Austin for one semester before joining the U.S. Navy in the V12 Program and was assigned to Mercer University. Unhappy with the Mercer program, Joe applied for full active duty and served 3 years as an enlisted man before retiring in 1946. Joe rejoined The University of Texas at Austin in 1946 obtaining a BBA in 1949 and a MBA in 1951. He had various jobs in Dallas such as Magnolia Petroleum Company and the City of Dallas before joining Bell Helicopter Textron in November 1955 where he worked until retirement in 2002. Joe led an active personal life, joining the Dallas Chapter of the Sierra Club serving as an Outings Chairman. Joe organized and led some seventy five weekend backpacking trips throughout Oklahoma and Arkansas. He also assisted with trips around the country including Big Bend National Park, the Helia Wilderness in New Mexico, Mountains of Colorado, and several four week long backpacking trips through the Grand Canyon. Joe also enjoyed the occasional rafting trip doing two raft trips through the Grand Canyon and one down the BioBio River in Chile. Joe traveled extensively starting in 1966 with a trip to England and Europe. Since that first venture Joe has set foot on every continent with only Australia and Antarctica having been missed due to failing health.Joe opened the world to the eyes of his loving wives and friends. Always faithful and loving and never one to stray. His burial is to be held at Restland Funeral Home 9220 Restland Road Dallas, Texas 75243 with Visitation on Tuesday February 12th, 6pm to 8pm and Services on Wednesday February 13 at 12:30pm.

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Restland Funeral Home
13005 Greenville Avenue Dallas, TX 75243
(972) 238-7111

Published in Dallas Morning News on Feb. 10, 2013
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