Metz Mortuary grew out of the furniture and undertaking
business started in York in 1891 by Charles Baer and Burnard King. In
Baer took the furniture business and Mr. King kept the undertaking
business. Albert A. Metz came to York in 1903 to work for Mr.
King and purchased the business in 1904 along with Olin Hitchcock and the name was changed to Metz & Hitchcock. Mr. Metz purchased the Hitchcock interest in the business in 1928 and the name was changed back to just Metz Mortuary as
it remains today. Mr. Metz died in 1950 and the ownership was
purchased by Harold Beattie who had been with the firm since
1928. Howard Harris, who began working for Mr. Metz while attending
York College bought the firm in 1966 along with Melvin Briney.
Following the death of Melvin Briney in 1974, Charles Harris
(son of Howard) returned home to assume the ownership of Metz
Mortuary. Howard Harris remained
active in the business until his death in 1998. The Harris
family has been associated with Metz Mortuary for over 60 years. Metz
Mortuary was located for many years in downtown York at the
corner of Lincoln Avenue and Wall Street. In 1978 we moved into our
newly constructed building at the corner of Lincoln Avenue
and 1st Street. Jon Brouillette assumed the ownership of Metz Mortuary at York and at Henderson in September of 2005.
Jon Brouillette joined the staff of Metz Mortuary
in 1990 and purchased the business from the Harris family in 2005. Jon is a graduate
of York High School and of the University of Minnesota with a degree in
Mortuary Science and has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since
1985. He was employed at Roper and Sons Mortuary in Lincoln, prior to coming to
York in October of 1990.
Misty Brestel joined the staff of Metz Mortuary in March of 2005. She is a 1998 graduate of York High School, obtained a bachelorís degree in biology from York College in 2002, and an associateís of science degree in Mortuary Science from Cypress College (Cypress, California) in 2003.
Chuck Harris has been associated with Metz Mortuary since he started part-time as a student in 1963. He is a 1965
graduate of York High School and has a bachelor's degree in Mortuary Science
from the University of Minnesota and has been licensed as funeral director
and embalmer since 1969. Chuck and his wife Karen have 5 grown children and 12