Joseph V. Metz of Orchard Park, the oldest member of the Windom Volunteer Fire Department, died Sunday in Mercy Hospital. He was 89.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School and served in the Army in World War II. A jeep transport operator, he saw combat in Europe.
Returning from the service, Mr. Metz became a union electrician at Bethlehem Steel Corp., where he worked until he retired in 1981. In retirement, he worked part-time jobs at the Erie County Fair, Ralph Wilson Stadium and in the Orchard Park School District.
He joined the Windom Fire Department in 1954 and took part in many department-sponsored activities, such as bingo, the lawn fete and fund drives.
He was a member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society. He was active in Orchard Park Post 567, American Legion. For many years, he also helped distribute food to the needy in Orchard Park.
His wife, Mary E. Duffey Metz, died in 2007.
Surviving are four sons, Joseph M., Daniel S., John A. and Steven J.; two daughters, Patricia A. Hartman and Elizabeth L. Koszuta; and a sister, Mary Louise Zimmerman.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.