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John ‘Jack’ Robert Mettelka PDF Print E-mail

John “Jack” Robert Mettelka, age 83, of Eagle River, Wis., formerly of Green Bay, Wis., died unexpectedly at home on Dec. 10, 2013.

He was born on Christmas Day 1929, in Wausau, Wis., to Erwin and Arlyle (Anderson) Mettelka.

Jack served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and also spent six years in the Air Force Reserve.

After serving his country he moved to Milwaukee to take a job with the Veri-Typer Corp.

as a service manager. While there, he met the love of his life, Mary Carol Schmitt from Wauwatosa.


They married on June 16, 1956, and enjoyed 57 years together.

In 1969, he was transferred to Green Bay, where he worked for several years until the company closed. Jack worked as a manager and then vice president of Romo Inc. until 1980.

On Jan. 4, 1981, Jack, along with his family and good friend Dennis Burke, opened a business, Jaymar Screen Printers Inc. in Wisconsin Rapids.

In 1983, the business was moved to Green Bay and shortly after in 1986, Jack retired to Land O’ Lakes, leaving Jaymar in the capable hands of his son, Tracy, and daughter, Mary Lee.

Several years later, Jack and Mary moved to a new home on Deerskin Lake in Eagle River.

Jack was known to his friends and family as a “Jack-of-all-Trades” because he loved working with his hands and was a true craftsman.

He loved music, especially blues, jazz, country and big band.

He loved buying cars and reminiscing about the good ole’ days and adventures with his “Pot Luck” friends from Green Bay.

Jack had several nicknames from family and friends. “Buwana” during hunting, “AJ” for his driving skills and “Bullwinkle” from his wife and children for always having the answer.

Jack truly enjoyed being in the North Woods. He spent many years as a young boy at the cabin that he, his grandfather and father built in the 1940s. He and his family spent many years at the cabin making lifelong memories of what was lovingly known as “The Vilas Hilton.”

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Robert.

He leaves behind his wife, Mary Mettelka, of Eagle River; daughter, Caroline Mettelka (Jeff) and grandchildren, Alex, Alisha and Ian Ellertson, and great-grandson, Brayden; son, Tracy (Linda) Mettelka and grandchildren, Collin and Mollie; daughter, Mary Lee (Paul) Hendricks and grandchildren, Nick, Mason and Jack; daughter, Jennifer (David) Jaeger and grandchildren, Samuel, Holly, Edward (Samantha) and expected great-grandson, Hunter; his beloved dog and friend, Scupper; extended family and friends.

Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday, Dad!

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

(Henry David Thoreau)

A funeral service was held Dec. 14, 2013, at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church in Eagle River.

Condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements by Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013 1:12 PM
Last Updated on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:40 PM

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