Ole R. Mettler was born September 7, 1917 to E.J. & Bertha Mettler in Lodi, California. He graduated from Victor Grammar School and Lodi Union High School. After high school, he continued on to the University of California at Berkeley, graduating in 1940. He then came home to manage the ranch with his father. On September, 7, 1941 he married Dorothy Blair. They settled in Lodi and began their new life together in the home where he grew up. Ole and Dorothy were married for 72 years until Dorothy's passing on November 28, 2013. Ole passed away peacefully on August 14, 2014.
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Ole was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corp. During his last year of service, his son Bruce was born. Three years later, daughter Joan was born, making their family complete.
Ole served many organizations throughout his lifetime. Victor Farm Bureau; San Joaquin County Board of Directors; had leadership roles at Lodi Post 22 American Legion; past Director of Elmhurst College in Illinois; Director and President of Lodi Memorial Hospital; San Joaquin County United Way Board of Trustees; San Joaquin County Heart Association and Director of the Northern California Fruit Company.
Ole was involved for over 60 years on the Board of Directors of the Lodi Grape Festival. Locally, he received the Barrel Award and was also recognized with the Western Fairs Blue Ribbon Award.
Ole followed in his father's footsteps serving as President of East-Side Winery.
He was appointed to the California State Future Farmers Foundation Board and served as President. He also chaired the forming of the San Joaquin County 4-H Foundation.
Ole was elected to San Joaquin County Hall of Fame, was a past president of the Lodi Rotary Club and Lodi Executives Club. He also received the Lodi Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen Award.
For over 50 years, Ole served in a number of capacities at Farmers & Merchants Bank, including President & Chief Executive Officer, and as Chairman of the Board. He engaged in many leadership roles in the banking industry, serving as President of the Independent Bankers of Northern California, and President of the California Bankers Association, where in 2001 he was awarded the Distinguished Banker of the Year. For six years, Ole served as Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
Additionally, he served as Senior Advisor at the Stockton Chapter of the Institute of Banking, where he and Dorothy were fortunate to participate in four Financial Trade Missions, traveling throughout the world.
He was a member and served as a Deacon and Elder of Zion Reformed Church.
Ole was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy and daughter-in-law Barbara. He is survived by his two children, Bruce and Joan (Richard), four grandchildren, David, Amy, Blair and Eric, and three great-grandchildren, Chance, Jennifer and Quentin.
Ole lived a long life and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Viewing will be held at Donahue Funeral Home in Lodi on Wednesday, August 20th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A graveside service will be held Thursday, August 21st at 10 a.m., at Lodi Memorial Park on Pine Street, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 11 a.m., at Zion Reformed Church on Ham Lane. Contributions may be made to Zion Reformed Church Memorial Fund or the
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Aug. 19 to Aug. 26, 2014