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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. Gail DeLorey posted an image:
    24 Aug 2020
    Always loved spending time together.  He is missed but we will see him again.
    Always loved spending time together. He is missed but we will see him again.

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

  3. Carla and Donald Holm says:
    25 Jul 2020
    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.

  4. Patricia McKee says:
    24 Jul 2020
    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.

  5. Lindy Garcia posted an image:
    24 Jul 2020
    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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  12. Michael T. Nelson says:
    23 Jul 2020
    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.

  13. Will Beadles says:
    23 Jul 2020
    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.

  14. Dean and Diane Christensen says:
    23 Jul 2020
    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.

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

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

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

  18. Chuck and Pam Huckins says:
    06 Jul 2020
    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.

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

  20. Jeri Fiset says:
    05 Jul 2020
    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.

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

  22. Anne/Jim Campbell says:
    05 Jul 2020
    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.

  23. Larry Ingrid Ryder says:
    05 Jul 2020
    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

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

  25. Sue Sustachek posted an image:
    04 Jul 2020
    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.

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

  27. Brenda Cook says:
    04 Jul 2020
    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).

  28. Sandee Metz Fischlin says:
    04 Jul 2020
    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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