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J. Russell Metzger
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Birth: Jul. 16, 1913
Mercer County
New Jersey, USA
Death: May 7, 1984
El Paso
El Paso County
Texas, USA

EL PASO, Texas 1984óJ. Russell Metzger, 70, a long time El Paso resident, died Monday following a battle with pancreatic cancer. His wife of May 2, 1942, Catherine Amelia Metzger, preceded her husband in 1966.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, and following his 1930 graduation of Trenton High School, he served as invoice clerk in the employ of American Radiator and Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company until February 18, 1941 when he was drafted and posted to Ft Bliss, Texas, basic training; he remained a resident of El Paso for the next 43 years. Following the war, Mr. Metzger was Purchasing Manager with Momsen, Dunnegan and Ryan Company and later president-owner of Parke Bishop Medical Surgical Supply Corporation in El Paso.

A veteran of WWII, he served 7-years, 1941-1948, as medical administrator at the Antiaircraft Artillery Training Center (AATC), Ft Bliss, administrative officer at Tilton General Hospital, Ft Dix, New Jersey, inspector at 351st Station Hospital, occupied Tokyo, Japan, and after the war, the Army Reserve. He graduated fom the Medical Administrative Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Camp Barkeley, Texas, and was commissioned 2nd Lt on December 6, 1944. He rapidly rose in the ranks, uniquely promoted to every enlisted and officer rank from Private E1 to Lt Col.

He was a member of the International Rotary, the Military Order of World Wars, El Maida Shrine, St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Five Points Masonic Lodge No. 1137, and was a 32nd degree Mason. An accomplished pianist, he played in a band before the war and AATC USO dances, and was widely renown for his peppy tunes preceding the weekly Rotary meetings.

Surviving are his second wife, Louise Reed Metzger of El Paso; two daughters, Patti Ann Coffman of Bakersfield, California, and Carol Lee Cobb of El Paso; a son, Stephen Lawrence Metzger of San Antonio, Texas; one sister, Virginia Morgan McCulloch of Hamilton Square, New Jersey; six grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; two nieces; and a nephew. Sister Gloria Rae Metzger of Trenton preceded him in 1975;

After a Requiem Eucharist administered by Reverend Kenneth Rice, burial took place Thursday, May 10, in Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, with full military honors. 
Family links: 
  Walter William Metzger (1886 - 1954)
  S May Diamond Metzger (1891 - 1971)
  Catherine Amelia Gehring Metzger (1916 - 1966)
  J. Russell Metzger (1913 - 1984)
  Virgina Morgan Metzger McCulloch (1919 - 2007)*
  Gloria Rae Metzger (1925 - 1975)*
*Calculated relationship
Fort Bliss National Cemetery
El Paso
El Paso County
Texas, USA
Plot: C-I, 1437
Maintained by: Steve Metzger
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
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J. Russell Metzger
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J. Russell Metzger
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J. Russell Metzger
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