Times West Virginian
Donald James Metz, 86, of Palm City, Fla., passed away Saturday (March 16, 2013) at the Treasure Coast Hospice House.
He was born Oct. 6, 1927, the son of the late Ulrich A. Metz and the late Hazel Smallwood.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Elizabeth Metz; and his wife, Patricia Metz.
Following his education, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was assigned to duty on the Destroyer Escort USS Rowell (DE-403) as a Mailman 2nd Class. During his service, his ship saw action in Iwo Jima and was part of the Battle Group known as Taffy 3 in the battle of Leyte Gulf in the liberation of the Philippines. During his time in the Navy, his ship received six battle stars.
After discharge from the U.S. Navy, Mr. Metz finished his education at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. He was employed at Owens-Illinois Glass Plant as a supervisor in the corrugated department for many years prior to his retirement. Mr. Metz was also the owner of Joydon Aquarium in Fairmont. After his retirement, he lived in Las Vegas, Nev., before moving to Florida.
Survivors include his daughter, Joyce Waronicki and her husband Mark of Stuart, Fla.; a son, Donald J. Metz II and his wife Donna Jo; four grandchildren, Brett Waronicki and his wife Vicki of Stuart, Fla., Katie Waronicki of New York City, N.Y., Andrew Metz and his wife Kellie of Lancaster, Ohio, and Joseph Metz of New Lexington, Ohio; and four great-grandchildren, Scarlet Waronicki, Mckenzie Metz, Hunter Metz and Sydnie Metz.
At the request of the deceased, he was cremated, and a private family service will be held at a later date. His ashes will be interred at Smallwood Cemetery in White Hall.