Russell Metz, 93 - Akron OH

A Greatest Generation World War II veteran with his roots in Calhoun has has at age 93.

Russell Metz died on August 10, 2015 in Akron OH.

Born August 22, 1922 in Calhoun County, W. Va., he was preceded in death by parents, William and Losie (Cottrell) Metz; brother, Bert Metz; and sisters, Opal Bartley and Thelma Yarger.

He is survived by wife of 68 years, Becky; sons, Jim (Sue), Jack (Rochelle); daughter, Sandy (Dan) Wowra; sisters, Etta (Junior) Collins, Elva Jane Filkins; five grandchildren, Missy, Nikki, Kristi, Shelly, Danny; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

His name lives on with five family members having Russell as their first or middle name. Metz enlisted in the Army before World War II started and was discharged in September 1945 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He settled in Akron after the war, where he met and married his wife.

Metz learned welding under the GI Bill and used this trade as a welder and fitter for 30 years at Babcock and Wilcox Co. in Barberton.

He was there to help over the years, whether it was practicing or coaching Little League or repairing or building around the house, seemed he could fix anything with almost nothing to work with.

He was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and teaching others these skills.

Funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, OH 44203. An hour of calling prior from 9 a.m. until time of service. Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, August 17, 2015 at Cox Funeral Home.