Walter Joseph Met­calf of Rock Hill, SC

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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