JET - Emery Lemuel Metcalf, Jr. (E.L.) went to be with his Lord on March 10, 2015, ten days after having suffered a stroke. E.L. was born on June 8, 1926, to father, Emery Lemuel Metcalf and mother, Jesse Emily Lemmon. He was born in the very home in which he was to spend the rest of his life. On November 15, 1947, he married Betty Jo Jordan of Jet. They entered sixty seven wonderful years together of farming, ranching and family life on the Metcalf home place. Services will be held at the United Methodist Church of Jet on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Timberlake Cemetery with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Helena. Viewing will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. www.lanmanmemorials.com Memorials may be given to Jet Lions Club or National MS Society through the funeral home.
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E.L. and Betty’s family life always centered around their Christian faith. One way E.L. demonstrated his love for Jesus was his devotion to church and the body of Christ. Through the years, he served as youth leader, board member, board of trustees member, and teacher. He coordinated the ministry of the Wild Wood Chapel at the Salt Plains Lake for 32 years.
E.L. served many needs of the community for over fifty years, devoting many volunteer hours to bring to the community such projects as the Jet swimming pool, tennis courts, Jet Memorial Park and Prairie Grass Project. He served faithfully in offices of the Lions Club, the Farmers Coop Board and was the Community Blood Drive Chairman for 20 years. In 2008, E.L. was the recipient of the KanOkla Community Service Award, which acknowledged his significant contributions to the life of his community. He was also on the committee that received special recognition from the State Chamber of Commerce for community involvement.
E.L was always fascinated with flying and became a pilot at age 65. He loved flying his Kitfox plane, which he co-built with his son. He also loved improving and caring for his beloved home place, securing the official state bestowed title “Centennial Homestead” in 1993.
His tireless commitment to work on the farm and service to his church and community pale however to the fervor and depth of love he gave to his wife, his children, his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His deep love for His Savior, Jesus Christ, gave him compassion and a sincerity of concern for each person in his family that touched their lives deeply at each encounter with him. He thought about them carefully, prayed for them diligently, served them unselfishly, gave to them generously, inspired them endlessly and left them with a legacy of truth, integrity, faith and hope.
E.L. is predeceased by his mother and father, Emery and Jesse Metcalf, brothers and their wives Dale and Mabel Metcalf, Earl and Francis Metcalf, and Ivan and Florene Metcalf. He was also preceded in death by his sons-in-laws Monty Rice and Layne Zander.
He is survived by a brother, Donald and his wife, Florence Metcalf, and a sister, Jessie Mary and her husband, Cecil Reinhart all of Jet. He is also survived by his wife, Betty, of Jet, daughter, Diana Telg and husband, Russell of Houston, daughter, Tammie Rice of Oklahoma City, son, Kim and daughter-in-law, Kimberly of Nash, daughter Terri Zander of Enid; grandchildren Blair and wife, Dana Telg of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Matt and wife, MaryAnne Rice of Edmond, Blake Telg of Houston, Tai and husband, Matt Crabtree of Enid, Kaleb and wife, Andrea Metcalf of Enid, Aaron and wife, Brooke Rice of Oklahoma City, Max and wife, Emma Metcalf of Stillwater, Isaac Rice of Oklahoma City, Addie and Anna Zander of Enid; great-grandchildren, Emily Crabtree of Enid, Chapel and Wright Telg of Ft. Smith, Luke, Henry and Macy Rice of Edmond, Emery Metcalf, his namesake, of Enid.
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Betty and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Terry and I have always enjoyed seeing you two and the conversations we have had with you two. You were always good neighbors to my family.
Terry and Peggy Bain
Our thoughts and thoughts and prayers to your family at the loss of E. L.
Shirley AK Armstrong
Praying that God has filled you with wonderful memories and that you feel a peace that only God can provide.
Jo Ann Rogers
Betty and family
I have such fond memories of your family and just wanted tell you that I was thinking of you. I know how much you will miss
E.L as I know how much I miss Bud and Patty
Margaret Ann George Secord
Dear Mrs. Betty, Diana and Russell Telg and family, Johnny had met E L before and remembers him as a very Godly man. Having read this memorial, he sounds like someone greatly used by God. I know the Lord met him with a well-done! Praying for you all.
Johnny and Marty Harper
To Jane"s kids
I remember as a kid long before my teenage years of staying with all of you out on cozy curve. What fun I had during the summer months. And when you all would come to Perry and bring our grandmother and her sister (good times) I truly have wonderful memories of Jane and Louis letting me be a part of their family as a kid. I am so glad I got to see her the first part of February. Jane looked so pretty and so petite She will be missed so very much by all of you. Just know that Jane is no longer in pain.
Rest in Peace Aunt Jane
Sam and Jeannie (Goss) Ebersole
Betty, you will never know how much you and Jr. formed by Christian Life as my Youth Ministers. Love you both so very much. Praying for comfort and peace for you and your whole family.
June Black Dorris
MUCH love and prayers to you, dear classmate friend, Betty and family..
We've had many young years of friendship, and I've watched you 'from afar'... and so glad you had such a wonderful life together serving our Heavenly Father..
We, too.. have been married 67 years.. June 6, '47. I see your face, Betty, in my wedding pictures..
May you find solace in the fact you'll be together again..
Love and prayers abide..
Betty and Hugh
Betty Shields Wayman
Betty and Family: So sorry to hear about E L. I have a lot of memories of all your family. We hate to lose our families but we don't want then to suffer either.
Janice and John Hitchcock
Mr Metcalf gave me 1st paying job. He.was the epitome of a good Christian man. He was one of the many men in Jet who taught me about manhood. He is & always will be missed. My condolences to his family. He made our world a better place
Betty and family.
My deepest sympathies to the family. I only met E.L. one time but he left a lasting impression. His generosity in sharing recollections of the history of the Metcalf family were invaluable to me.
Prayers to the family,
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