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Stephen “Steve” Eldon Metteer

Denver, Colorado

July 7, 1943 - April 20, 2018

Stephen (Steve) Eldon Metteer, 74, of Denver Colo., died on Friday, April 20, 2018, after a period of declining health.

He was born July 7, 1943, in The Dalles, Ore., to Eldon Joseph and Virginia Helen (Fagan) Metteer. Steve was a 1961 graduate of The Dalles High School and graduated from Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.

Following his college graduation, he chose a career in the United States Air Force and trained to become a jet pilot. Once he completed his training, he was sent to Vietnam as an F-4 fighter pilot and served at both Cam Ranh Bay and Da Nang airbases. He then went on to be a jet pilot instructor and systems manager.

During his youth, Steve was an avid athlete and outdoorsman. He loved football, baseball, hiking, camping, hang gliding, running, and cycling.

He excelled at all sports he attempted and won the New Mexico state championship in racquetball. He was a loving father, grandfather and friend. His confidence, determination, charm, smile and quick wit will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew him.

Surviving are a son, Brian (spouse Kelly) Metteer of Dallas, Texas; a daughter, Michelle Baker of Morganton, N.C.; five grandchildren, Brittany, Chelsea, and Colten Baker of Morganton, N.C.; and Katherine and Christian Metteer of Dallas, Texas; one great-grandson, Noah Herbison of Morganton, N.C.; two brothers, John Metteer of Las Vegas, Nev., and Christopher (Debbie) Metteer of Anderson, S.C.; three nieces, Kristin Metteer, Tammera (Rick) Russell, and Michelle (Alex) Metteer; and two nephews, Michael (Anne) Metteer and Stephen Metteer. Steve’s parents preceded him in death.

The funeral will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, May 18. Steve will be buried with full military honors at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.

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