Philip Dennis Metz, born November 7, 1948, in Bellefontaine, Ohio, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 1, 2023. His wife of 23 years, Edna Metz (Davis), preceded him in death November 29, 2018.
A man of uncanny intelligence and humor, Phil always had a joke to share and a story to tell. Although Philip had never gone to college, he was an outstanding scientist in his own rite, having been born with an impressive curiosity and understanding of the fundamentals of science.
He worked for YSI for many years as Chief Metrologist and Deputy Director of the YSI Calibration Center. He then became the Manager of Isotech’s Western Hemisphere service and calibration center, often traveling to several countries including England and Mexico, to educate others on temperature calibration using the Water Triple Point and various other apparatus. He was awarded the Outstanding Engineer and Scientist Award in the manufacturing production/quality control category in 2001 from the Affiliate Societies Council of The Engineering and Science Foundation on behalf of the Senate of the 124″ General Assembly of Ohio.
Phil served in the United States Air Force from 1968-1974 as a Radio Communications Equipment Repairman. He retold countless humor-filled stories of his adventures in the service, often volunteering for extra duties such as a switchboard operator, so he could reunite his overseas friends with their families back home.
Wherever he travelled and wherever he worked, Phil left a positive, lasting impact on everyone he interacted with. Anyone who came over to visit Phil often found him tinkering with microscopes, vintage model trains. Antique radios, grandfather clocks, or any number of other science projects he was of a mind to entertain.
Phil and Edna were a unique couple who genuinely cared for others above their own needs. They were always loving, always accepting, and continued to think of the comfort of others above themselves.
After four long years apart, Phil is finally at peace, reunited with his wife and best friend. He was lovingly cared for by his son, Charles Metz, and Rachel Sibold who he enjoyed referring to as his “girlfriend.” He leaves behind grandchildren Finley and Roman Metz, and Korra Sibold, countless family members, and a lifetime of close friends and colleagues.
Private family services will be at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Jennings Farley & Seeley Funeral Home.