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Clarence H. Metz Jr.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Clarence H. Metz Jr., 85, Brazil, passed away at 3:40 p.m., Oct. 6, 2008, at St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana, following complications of surgery.

He was born Sept. 3, 1923, in Brazil, to Clarence Sr. and Bertha (LeMay) Metz.

Clarence graduated from Brazil High School with the class of 1942. Following high school, he married Maxine Dierdorff on Oct. 11, 1942. Shortly after their marriage, he entered the United States Army, where he served in European Theatre during World War II.

During his term, he served with the 128th Ordinance, where he was awarded 5 battle stars and the Certificate of Merit Award for outstanding performance of duties.

Upon his discharge from the Army, he began working for Arktex as a foreman. He operated the DX Service Station on East National Avenue, Brazil, until joining the Carpenters Local 60, Indianapolis, until his retirement in 1985.

He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1127 and the American Legion Post No. 2, where he proudly participated in many activities including numerous military services.

In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. More recently, he enjoyed gardening, bird watching and mushroom hunting. He would always be remembered by his family as a great cook with a desire for unusual recipes. His friends will remember his sense of humor and jovial manner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Luther Earl Metz and Don Lester Metz, sister Doreen Anderson, and great-grandson Colin Erow.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Maxine, daughters Billie Jo Metz Fletcher and husband Dwain, Quitman, Ga., Brenda Gail Metz Heidel, Brazil, Janine Rae Metz Mullinix and husband Greg, Brazil, grandchildren Scott Dodds and wife Debbie, Carnesville, Ga., Lisa Dodds Herndon and husband Michael, Valdosta, Ga., Tammy Fletcher Erow and husband Bill, Graceville, Fla., Mike Fletcher and wife Lisa, Valdosta, Ga., Mark Fletcher and wife Tracy, Cumming, Ga., Tim Fletcher, Melbournce, Fla., Marnie Heidel Smith and husband Ware, Terre Haute, Kevin Heidel, Wilmington, N.C., Jon Russell and wife Anita, Brazil, and Ashlee Mullinix Zaucha and husband Chad, Brazil, great-grandfather of 19, great-great-grandfather of one, brother Larry Jay Metz, Crawfordsville, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at French Funeral Home, with Rev. Tony Alstott officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery with military graveside rites.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home, with a military walk through at 6:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion Post No. 2, or the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1127.

Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.