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Kermit Merritt Metcalf

Kermit Merritt Metcalf, 98, passed away on June 14, 2012 after an amazing life full of tremendous memories. He was born May 24, 1914 in Finn, Montana to Thomas and Maude Metcalf. Kermit was raised on a cattle ranch with his eight siblings that all shared a very close bond. Around the age of 10, the Metcalf family made the move to West Seattle where he attended Gateway School and later graduated from West Seattle High. As a young man, he began his working career with Pacific Steam Ship Company in the ticket office before he moved to American Mail Line Shipping Company in the purser's office. Kermit spoke often of his many travels, highlighting Hong Kong and China, as the freight clerk on the President Grant and President Jefferson ships. At this time, his life changed upon meeting the love of his life, Ruth Ivah Forehand, through their best friends, Reidar and Virginia Tanner. They later married on February 21st, 1942 and spent 59 wonderful years together. This was the beginning of a lifetime of happiness. Kermit and Ruth settled in Seattle on 3rd Northwest where they raised their two children, Kermit (Rob) and Marilee. While beginning their family, he worked for General Electric on the Bonneville Dam project. Kermit then moved on to play an integral role at Boeing as the Foreman on the B-17 assembly line for eight years throughout World War II. When the Korean War came to an end, he went to work for the U.S. Air Force as a civilian procurement inspector for 29 years of faithful service until his retirement in 1978. Often he reminisced of inspecting the Lunar Rover vehicles of which he signed off on prior to their departure to the moon.

Kermit and Ruth's passion for life was known by all. They loved boating in the Puget Sound waters aboard "The Marilee" often hosting many family and friends. Along the way they met many new friends through the Shriner's Yacht Club where Kermit was the Commodore. The next chapter in their lives opened when they purchased "Holly" on Hood Canal. They continued to have a love for entertaining as they enjoyed the abundance of crab, shrimp, oysters, and clams to share with all of their visiting family and friends. Throughout his years, Kermit always shared a love for playing cards, often beating his opponents, including: cribbage, poker, and pinochle. Living at the Edmonds Landing he was able to continue this hobby with his new acquaintances over the past three years.

Kermit was the most caring, generous, fun-loving, compassionate, and spirited husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and friend to many. He will be greatly missed by all those he touched in life.

He was preceded in death by his lovely wife, Ruth Ivah and is survived by his two children: Rob (Kathy) and Marilee (George) Moore, his 5 grandchildren: Heather (Kurt) Carson, Aaron (Shelley), Tami (Jon) Ottenbreit, Randy, and Mollie, and 6 great-grandchildren: Ellen, Bennett, Nate, Grace, Conner, and Abbey.

A celebration of Kermit's life will be held Friday, June 22nd at 11:30am at the Nile Golf & Country Club, 6601 244th St SW, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043.
Published in The Seattle Times on June 18, 2012
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