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James Metz
  • December 19, 1944
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  • June 25, 2020

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LEESBURG, FL – age 75, Jim passed away peacefully Thursday June 25, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer at home with his family by his side.

He was born in Appleton, WI on December 19, 1944 son of the late Anthony Metz and Isabel Mowry. Jim will be fondly remembered as the owner of Sunburst Jewelers in Racine, WI. Prior to that Jim served his Country honorably in the US Airforce from 1965-1969.

Both he and Lindy loved to travel from Europe to motorcycle rides enjoying many long-distance trips on their Goldwing. Many adventures were had, as they traveled to 40 states and Canada. His love of motorcycling earned him honorary membership in the Blue Knights Wisconsin Chapter XI. Retiring in 2005, he and Lindy moved to South Carolina for 11 years and then made the move to Florida. Wherever they went, new friends were made, but their lasting ties to Racine includes extended family, friends, and the Green Bay Packers. To know Jim meant you were fortunate to be included in his circle of friendship and trust.

Jim is survived by his wife and soulmate Lindy, son Ryan Metz (California), son by choice Jamie Garcia (Florida) sister Toni Hammes (Racine, WI), sister-in law Kathy Metz (Racine, WI) and many loved nieces and nephews. Along with many friends, Jim’s best buddies included Ron Mau, John Steinhoff and Kip Jensen. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother David Metz, sister Linda Erickson, brother-in-laws Cal Hames and Dan Erickson, stepson Daniel Brack, and in-laws Philip and Wanita Brack Jr.

A Celebration of Life in Wisconsin along with a Military Remembrance in Leesburg FL will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be expressed at https://baldwincremation.com/obituaries/james-metz/


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  1. 27 Jul 2020
    Rye lit a candle:
    Lit since July 27, 2020 at 7:55:17 AM

  2. 25 Jul 2020
    Carla and Donald Holm says:
    We became friends with Lindy and Jim about 30 years ago and have such good memories of so many fun times spent together. He was such an easy guy to like. He had the patience of a saint and a good sense of humor. In the later years, he was such a fighter...never dwelling on his illness, rather enjoying the moments he was fortunate to capture. We are so glad he touched our lives and will miss him dearly, but he will live on in our memories. Our sincere condolences to Lindy, Ryan, Jamie and the entire family on their loss. Hugs and God Bless.

  3. 24 Jul 2020
    Patricia McKee says:
    I was a customer at Sunburst for many years. Jim always was so understanding of my limited budget. He was so helpful in my obtaining a diamond after 25 years of marriage. Now nearing almost 50 years , I wear this ring with affection. He was so friendly, and he always shared a skiing story or a trip on the cycles. I missed him , when he closed the store. He was a special person, and I felt I was more than a customer but a friend.

  4. 24 Jul 2020
    Lindy Garcia posted an image:
    A wonderful Fathers Day that he was able to spend with his two sons
    A wonderful Fathers Day that he was able to spend with his two sons

  5. 24 Jul 2020
    Leila Daniels, Phelps says:
    My sincere condolences to Jim's immediate family, including his two sons, Jamie Metz, and Ryan Metz. RIP Jim!

  6. 23 Jul 2020
    Diane Lloyd says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with Jim's son's, Jamie and Ryan Metz. May your father rest in peace.

  7. 23 Jul 2020
    DIANE LLOYD says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with Jamie Metz and Ryan Metz. May your father rest in peace.

  8. 23 Jul 2020
    Sharon Kay Mathson lit a candle:
    Lit since July 23, 2020 at 7:25:45 PM

  9. 23 Jul 2020
    Sharon Kay Mathson lit a candle:
    Lit since July 23, 2020 at 7:24:29 PM

  10. 23 Jul 2020
    Sharon Kay Mathson says:
    So sorry to hear about Jim. He was a great boss and good friend. Rest In Peace Jim. Get lots of Gold Wing rides.

  11. 23 Jul 2020
    Michael T. Nelson says:
    To Lindy and Families, My condolences for you're loss. I grew up knowing the entire Metz family, as my Dad worked with Tony at Dumore, and the Dumore picnic was alway's attended by the Metz family, This went on for many, many years. My Dad, and Tony were good friends, and we even visited the Metz family at they're home. I have a Twin Sister, as Jim had a Twin Sister and Brother. Jim was 5 years older than us so we didn't see him as often, but I do remember him. The entire family were wonderful people. My Granddaughter Is called IZZY, just like Jim's Mom. I also remember you Lindy, from the Taylor/21st ST. area, as we the Nelson's lived on Grange Ave. Again, I am so sorry for you're loss, you must have a ton of great memories.

  12. 23 Jul 2020
    Will Beadles says:
    I got to know Jim when I worked at Johnson Wax. I often patronized his Jewelry store, he was always friendly and helpful. I still wear the gold necklace and bracelet he made for me. He will be missed. He was a great guy. We had a lot of laughs together.
    RIP good buddy.

  13. 23 Jul 2020
    Dean and Diane Christensen says:
    We remember Jim with great fondness! Jim taught Dean how to wire a house back in the ‘70’s. We have never needed to hire an electrician! We had a prickly pear cactus in our home that became too dangerous to keep. Jim put it in the front window of Sunburst Jewelers! Perhaps it protected the business!
    We have good memories of skiing together with the Snomads Ski Club.
    Jim was always kind, thoughtful, helpful, and lots of fun.

  14. 20 Jul 2020
    Lindy Garcia-Metz posted an image:
    42 years of love with this wonderful man
    42 years of love with this wonderful man

  15. 18 Jul 2020
    Lindy Garcia-Metz lit a candle:
    Lit since July 18, 2020 at 7:20:44 PM

  16. 09 Jul 2020
    Pam and Chuck Huckins lit a candle:
    Lit since July 9, 2020 at 7:24:26 AM

  17. 06 Jul 2020
    Chuck and Pam Huckins says:
    We are so happy for all the good times we've spent with you and Lindy. Our early 2020 Thanksgiving was the best!!
    We will never forget your response to "How are you Jim?" " Feeling fine, except for Stage 4 cancer. "
    You fought a long battle with the loving support of Lindy.
    Rest in peace, dear Jim.

  18. 05 Jul 2020
    JESSICA SIMANEK lit a candle:
    Lit since July 5, 2020 at 7:08:26 PM

  19. 05 Jul 2020
    Jeri Fiset says:
    My sympathies to you and your family. He fought a good fight and you have lots of good memories to fall back on. Hope to see you soon.

  20. 05 Jul 2020
    Kirra Truscott lit a candle:
    Lit since July 5, 2020 at 7:02:31 PM

  21. 05 Jul 2020
    Anne/Jim Campbell says:
    Jim will be remembered by my husband and I as someone who was always friendly. We enjoyed talking with him at any event & around the table at our get togethers. We will miss him. Hugs to Lindy & her family.

  22. 05 Jul 2020
    Larry Ingrid Ryder says:
    Miss you already Jim , it was such pleasure knowing you , always being here for us being able to call you at any time and 5 minutes later appearing at our door , you will always be missed R.I.P. my friend

  23. 05 Jul 2020
    Jackee Robles lit a candle:
    Lit since July 5, 2020 at 7:01:16 PM

  24. 04 Jul 2020
    Sue Sustachek posted an image:
    Jim was our usher for our wedding 50  years ago.   I got to know Jim so well as he and his first wife and sons lived In our upper flat.  Jim was sweet, sincere, kind and had a great sense of humor.   Jim will be missed.
    Jim was our usher for our wedding 50 years ago. I got to know Jim so well as he and his first wife and sons lived In our upper flat. Jim was sweet, sincere, kind and had a great sense of humor. Jim will be missed.

  25. 04 Jul 2020
    Sandee Metz Fischlin posted an image:
    Jim Metz’s  2 loving sons Ryan and James (Jamie) Metz
    Jim Metz’s 2 loving sons Ryan and James (Jamie) Metz

  26. 04 Jul 2020
    Brenda Cook says:
    It is always sad to say our good byes especially when they are final. I know he will be missed by those who loved him. May comfort and strength surround his family and sons James Metz (Sedona, AZ) and Ryan Metz (CA).

  27. 04 Jul 2020
    Sandee Metz Fischlin says:
    Jim served his country from 1965-1969 in Altus, OK and in 1969 his son, James (Jamie) Metz was born and Ryan Metz was born in 1971. He will be missed by both his sons , myself and my family.

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