Archive for Thursday, February 8, 2007

John Phillip Metsker

February 8, 2007


Funeral services for John Phillip Metsker, 90, Baldwin City, will be at 10 a.m. today at Lone Star Church of the Brethren. Mr. Metsker died Feb. 4, 2007, at Baldwin Care Center.

He was born Feb. 17, 1916, on the family farm south of Lone Star, the son of Andrew Elmer and Florence Cole Metsker. He graduated from Lawrence High School. He lived his entire life on the family farm. He was a dairyman and farmer and worked for BA Green Construction, Hankhamer Construction and Sunflower Ammunition Plant. He retired from Truman Medical Center as the lead refrigeration engineer. He was a founding member of Rural Water District No. 2, where he served on the board from 1964 to 2005. He was a 40-year member of the Colyer Cemetery Board.

He married Bettie-Lou Grant Nov. 18, 1946, in Lawrence. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include three sons, Andy, Leavenworth, David and Phillip, both of Lawrence; two daughters, Margaret Kalb, Wellsville, and Merry Wilde, Overbrook; a sister, Ida Swank, Topeka; 13 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and a step-great-grandchild.

A daughter, Barbara Ellen, and a sister died earlier.

Burial will be at Washington Creek Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Lone Star Church of the Brethren or Lawrence Memorial Hospital Oncology Unit and sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana, Lawrence, KS 66044. Online condolences may be sent to

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