Couple to mark 60 years with open house

Wedding day, 1957

Wedding day, 1957

Mr. and Mrs. Metz

JACKSON CENTER — Lois and Willis Metz, of Jackson Center, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house, Aug. 20, 2017, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Jackson Center American Legion.

The couple request that gifts be omitted.

Willis and the former Lois Schmidt were married Aug. 24, 1957, in the First United Church of Christ in New Knoxville. The Rev. Frank Lowenbergh performed the ceremony. Witnesses were maid of honor Carolyn (Schmidt) Dicke, sister of the bride; bridesmaids Joann (Schmidt) Shroyer, sister of the bride and Carol (Metz) Klopfenstein, sister of the bridegroom; flower girl Sandy (Schmidt) Kremer, sister of the bride; best man Bob Kaser, and ushers Roger Metz, brother of the bridegroom, and Ken Dicke, brother-in-law of the bride.

Wilis is the son of the late Charles and Sadie Herring Metz. He has sister, Carol Klopfenstein, of Botkins, and a living sister-in-law, Carolyn Metz, of Botkins. Two brothers, Roger Metz and Norman Metz, another sister-in-law, Sue Metz, and a brother-in-law, Dave Klopfenstein, are deceased.

Lois is the daughter of the late Harold and Zella Clausing Schmidt. She has two living sisters and brothers-in-law, Joann and Ralph Shroyer, of Anna, and Sandy and Dale Kremer, of Oak Harbor, and a brother-in-law, Ken Dicke, of New Bremen. Another sister, Carolyn Dicke, and a brother, (), are deceased.

The Metzes have of two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Wanda Wildermuth Metz, of Maplewood, and Bruce and Kim Metz, of Jackson Center, and a son-in-law, Andy Grillot, of Wapakonea. A daughter, Becky Grillot, is deceased. They have five grandchildren, one stepgrandchild, three great-grandchildren and one stepgreat-granchild.

Willis retired from Copeland Corp. in 1996. Lois retired from Airstream Inc. in 1997.

The couple are members of St. Jacobs Lutheran Church in Jackson Center. They enjoy bowling, camping, family and sports events. Willis also enjoys scrollsaw woodworking.

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