RENO — JK Metzker, longtime sports director at KTVN Channel 2 News, was remembered Friday as a doting father, loving husband and loyal friend during a memorial service held at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic church in Reno.
Metzker died Sunday after a vehicle struck him in a crosswalk along North Virginia Street near its intersection with 17th Street following the Nevada Wolf Pack football game last Saturday night.
Ryan Rhea, a 23-year-old Sparks resident, has been charged with felony hit-and-run causing death. Police believe alcohol played a role.
Friends and family spoke fondly of Metzker’s quick wit, charisma and love for life during the memorial service.
Kevin Kess, a friend for 30 years, described Metzker as both sensitive and mischievous.
Most of all, however, he had an infectious personality that made him so beloved.
“It’s an amazing feeling knowing so many people admired him,” Kess said,
Garrett Dearborn, who worked with Metzker, said the loss of his friend would be felt for a long time in the newsroom at Channel 2.
“JK’s effect on KTVN was huge,” he said.
Despite the tragedy that prematurely ended his life, Metzker was celebrated Friday for his many contributions to the community.
As evidence, the memorial service was standing-room only, as hundreds of people showed up to pay their respects.
Metzker, 41, worked for Channel 2 News for 14 years. He is survived by his wife, Jaime, and three sons, Tommy, Tanner and Luke.
KTVN has set up an account through Wells Fargo for donations to JK Metzker’s family. It’s open at all Wells Fargo locations. Donors should inform tellers the money is for a donation account and the name of the account is the Metzker Family Fund. The account number is 5867974627.