Walter Joseph Metcalf of Rock Hill, SC
Walter Joseph Metcalf, age 90, passed peacefully on September 16, 2016 in Rock Hill, SC. He was the son of Walter Joseph and Marion Bernice (DePew) Metcalf, born in Phillipsburg, NJ and was a long-time resident of both Coatesville and Quarryville, PA. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Charlotte (Pfeffer), and his three daughters, Kathy Entrekin (Charles), Paula Metcalf, and Linda Wines (Mel) as well as four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters; Florence (Mrs. Myron Janisch), Evelyn (widow of James Kimble), and Elaine (Mrs. Joseph Giordano).
He was valedictorian of his high school class in Phillipsburg in 1944 and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College in Easton, PA in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army during the Second World War. His first combat assignment was with the Ninth Infantry Division during the battle for the famous Bridge at Remagen. He was one of the last soldiers to cross the bridge before it collapsed into the Rhine River. He continued fighting with the 39th Infantry Regiment, finally ending the war in Dassau, Germany. He stayed in Europe with the Army of Occupation until July of 1946.
After the war he joined Lukens Steel Company in Coatesville, PA as an engineer in the maintenance department. He remained at Lukens, retiring as Superintendent of Heat Treating and Finishing in 1984, after 34 years of service.
In 1962 he completed his Masters of Business Administration at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
He was an active member of the Lutheran Church in Coatesville for many years, serving on the Church Council and managing finances. He was an avid golfer who played the sport into his mid-80’s and achieved the distinction of “shooting his age” each year between the ages of 76 and 83.
He enjoyed travelling with family and friends in both the U.S. and in Europe. When not golfing, he spent much of his free time researching his genealogy, including a trip to England and Northern Ireland to do research.
A memorial service will be held at Westminster Towers in Rock Hill on Saturday, October 22 at 4:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Westminster Towers Endowment Fund, 1330 India Hook Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732 or to Interim Hospice Care, 154 Amendment Avenue, #106, Rock Hill, SC 29732.