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Very Sad News to Report

Post by Bruce Berger » Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:50 pm

Many of you knew Jim Mettler who frequently contributed to this forum. He passed away last Friday following his bout with cancer.

I think of any other individual who had such an impact on my life for the last 15 years. I was somewhat interested in Pinzgauers and was taking about them with friends over dinner at the Riverside Telescope Makers conference near Big Bear, California when Jim happened to drive up I his W and parked next to us.

If it wasn't for that chance meeting I may have never got a Pinzgauer, got into the off road hobby, met many interesting people, and had many memorable off road trips.

It's not often that you randomly meet someone with so many of the same eclectic interests of Pinzgauers, astronomy, music, electric vehicles, racing, etc.

Jim will certainly be missed by many in the Pinzgauer community.

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Post by VinceAtReal4x4s » Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:15 pm

Just heard the news, which made for a very dark night here. It was hard seeing Jim looking frail and without his usual beard but he was still in good spirits and charging on, seemingly without too much worry. He had a fun time making the short video we did together and spent most of the time smiling and talking about his truck and the stars, which is how I'll always remember him.
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Post by stiffler4444 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:12 am

Very sad to hear. Never met Jim, but always looked forward to his knowledge and assistance on the forum.
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Post by Andre » Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:46 am

We've lost a true renaissance man. Self taught and respected in several fields and social circles. We met ages ago when I was a fabricator for the ill fated SoCal Pinzgauers. Our common interests and odd sense of humor gave birth to a great friendship. We shared many meals, and laughs, as our children did the same in the wilds of Baja Mexico. My most sincere condolences to my extended family and our loss. He was a brother and friend.


"and with the help of this sturdy stick" we will keep him in our memories forever.
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Post by TechMOGogy » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:44 am

Very sad news and will be thinking of his family.
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Post by pcolette » Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:23 am

My condolences to his family and many friends. I only knew him from the forum but was always impressed with his knowledge and willingness to help wherever he could.
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Post by rmel » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:53 am

Terrible news. I heard about Jim's illness during the Idyllwild fires and evacuations this past July.

He responded in the typical Jim way, "Hey I have cancer, but going to give it one heck of a fight".

First meet Jim at Mogfest a number of years ago. Became friends, and would have great discussions
about Engineering problems. Exceedingly smart guy, and a real gentleman. I'll miss him sorely.
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Post by Texas710 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:24 am

Wow, very sad news. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Jim was a wealth of knowledge. He personally helped me many times with issues I was having and was always willing to go above and beyond what was called for and always had patience with us on the forum.

He will be missed.

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Post by edzz » Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:50 am

Jim will be missed... :(

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Re: Very Sad News to Report

Post by lifefloat » Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:20 pm

I've only made a few posts to this forum since taking ownership of my first Pinzgauer, but I've spent a lot of time reading over the posts and have read and re-read many things written by Jim.


I never knew the man and I'm sorry I never got a chance to. My condolences to his family and friends.


I'm sure I'll still continue to use his knowledge that is parsed throughout this forum and will certainly donate again and again to this site to help ensure his contribtuitons to this communtiy continue to live on.

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Re: Very Sad News to Report

Post by audiocontr » Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:48 am

Can we dedicate the Electrical section to him? Just a little note below the section with something like "Dedicated to the memory and knowledge shared by Jim M"?
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Re: Very Sad News to Report

Post by TechMOGogy » Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:34 pm

audiocontr wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:48 am
Can we dedicate the Electrical section to him? Just a little note below the section with something like "Dedicated to the memory and knowledge shared by Jim W"?
Great idea!
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