Dr. Quintin C. Metzig passed away on March 2, 2014, at Aurora Medical Center. He was 96.
Quintin was born on April 4, 1917, on his family's homestead in Zittau, Wisconsin. His industrious German family farmed, hunted, trapped, fished, and gardened, making full use of the land.
Quintin received his primary education in a one-room church school where the academic calendar revolved around planting and harvesting. His father frequently took him to school in a horse-drawn sleigh in winter. As a teenager, he boarded with a local family during the week so that he could attend Oshkosh High School. The day Prohibition was repealed, 16-year-old Quintin celebrated at John Brown's, an Oshkosh bar that would later be renamed Oblio's.
As a student at the University of Wisconsin, he came home from Madison one Christmas, trapped 200 muskrats, and sold the pelts for $400- the total cost of his freshman year. He went on to Michigan State University, where he earned his degree in veterinary medicine and a number-one academic ranking.
While working in the cafeteria at Michigan State his senior year, he met Jeanne Mosson of Ionia, Michigan, a junior studying home economics. By spring term, they were going on two dates a day. The two were married the day Jeanne graduated, in 1946.
Quintin and Jeanne made their home in Oshkosh, where they had six children and worked diligently to raise their family and build Quintin's veterinary practice- the only one in Winnebago County at a time when the county comprised more than 2,000 farmers. The bulk of Quintin's work was with large farm animals, primarily cows. He was named Wisconsin Veterinarian of Year in 1958 and became a well-known figure among local farmers in his 45 years as a veterinarian.
Quintin was a devoted tree farmer who, over the course of his life, oversaw the planting of approximately 100,000 seedlings, many of which stand tall today. He was also a prolific grower of shiitake mushrooms, which he and Jeanne studied while traveling in Japan, one of many countries they visited together.
In addition to travel, farming, and being a veterinarian, Quintin enjoyed driving his tractor, eating brick cheese and licorice, and going to lunch with his ROMEO (Really Old Men Eating Out) group every Wednesday.
Quintin was involved in numerous charitable endeavors. He was proud to have served on the Oshkosh School Board from 1963 to 1972, including a term as president. During his service, he guided the establishment of Jacob Shapiro, Perry Tipler, and Oshkosh North schools. In May of 2013, he and Jeanne were awarded the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation's Volunteer of the Year Award for their lifetime of service to the city they loved.
Quintin is survived by Jeanne, his wife of 67 years; sister Enice and brother-in-law Milt Pollnow of Neenah; and six children and their spouses: Karen and Fred Roed, Susan and David Elbing, David and Jan Metzig, Kathryn and Curtis Radford, Peter and Barbara Metzig, and Daniel and Marianne Metzig. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, August and Esther, and twin great-granddaughters, Morgan and Maggie Main.
The family would like to thank Dr. Eric Duwell, his staff, and the ICU nurses at Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh for their dedicated care.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Peace Lutheran Church endowment, the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation Metzig Family Conservation Fund, or the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.
A visitation will take place Friday, March 7, at Konrad-Behlman Westside from 4 to 7pm. Funeral services will take place Saturday, March 8, at Peace Lutheran Church, at 11am. Reverend John Worzala-Dumke will be officiating. Interment will be at St. Peter's Cemetery.
Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Mar. 5, 2014