The Shelbyville News
TSN carried the obituary and a picture. The following memorial is posted
by the Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Inc.
Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Ray Metz, 72, of 1852 N. Wabash St. Wabash Indiana, died Sunday, January 29, 2006 at
12:45 PM at Lake Placid Hospital in Lake Placid, Florida. He was born December
7, 1933 in Shelbyville, Indiana to Harold "Gus" and Hazel I. (Holmes)
Metz. He married Marcia Cherry on February 13, 1955 in Shelbyville,
Donald Ray Jeffries legally changed his name to Donald Ray Metz on March 23, 1953, in Shelby County, Indiana.
Don graduated with honors from Franklin College with a B.S. in History and
English in 1959, received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Indiana School of
Law, Bloomington, IN in 1962 and was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1962. He
moved to Wabash in 1966 and joined the Plummer, Tiede, & Magley law firm. In
1987 he and his partners formed the new firm Tiede, Metz, & Downs. He served
as an advisor to every mayor of the City of Wabash since Mayor Robert Mitten in
the mid-1960's. His expertise in zoning matters enabled him to be, in the
opinion of many community leaders, instrumental in the commercial development of
Wabash over the last four decades. Don was a founding board member of the Wabash
County Hospital Oncology Project Extended (H.O.P.E.). He also served as a Board
Member for the Wabash County Historical Museum. He was a 50-year member of the
Hanna Masonic Lodge, a member of Ft. Wayne Scottish Rite, the Ft Wayne Mizpah
Shrine, and the Wabash Shrine Club. He attended Wabash Friends Church. He was
honored as Sagamore of the Wabash in October of 2001. Don was an avid fisherman
and gardener, and was devoted to his family, particularly his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife,
Marcia Metz of Wabash; 3 Sons, David R. (Suzanne)
Metz of Wabash, IN; Ronald J. (Lisa) Metz of Kokomo, IN;
Gregory A. (Anita) Metz
of Wabash, IN; 3 Daughters, Trisha (William) Licari of Wabash, IN;
Todd of Elkhart, IN; Beth (Troy) Phillipy of Wabash, IN; Sister,
Janice (Phil) Lackey, of Wyoming, MI; and 17 Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his
Funeral services will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash on
Friday, February 3, 2006 at 10:30AM with David Phillips officiating. Burial will
be at Friends Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 4-7, Thursday, February 2 at
the funeral home. A Masonic service will be held at 7 PM, Thursday also at the
The memorial guest book for Don may be signed at
Preferred memorials are Project H.O.P.E., Wabash County Historical Museum, or
Southwood Metro Baseball League
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming for Lori Koons
The Shelbyville News
Robert E. “Bob” Metz, 78, Shelbyville, died Wednesday at Major Hospital.
June 10, 1999
Born Oct. 18, 1920, in Shelbyville, s/o James A. and Louisa M. (King)
Metz. Married Maxine (Palmer) Metz on Nov. 30, 1940, and she survives.
Lifelong Shelbyville resident. Machinist’s mate in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Owner of Metz Body Shop, creating custom cars that appeared on the covers of automobile magazines during the 1950s and 1960s, and appeared in the movies “Cinderfella” and “The Time Machine.”
Designs also won many first-place trophies at national auto shows.
Member of Trinity United Methodist Church; the Eagles Lodge; the American Legion; all of Shelbyville, and a former member of the Shelbyville Fraternal Order of Police.
Survivors: two sons, Dennis M. Metz, Shelbyville, and Robert P.
Metz, San Manuel, Ariz.; two daughters, Lyndel Floyd, Shelbyville, and
Mary Jean Shorter, Chesapeake, Va.; one sister, Caroline M. Brokering, Salem, Mo.; one brother,
Paul C. Metz, Tucson, Ariz.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.
Preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.
Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, Shelbyville; Rev. Brad Davis officiating.
Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, with graveside military rites.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming
The Shelby Democrat
Funeral services for James A. Metz, who died Tuesday afternoon at his
home near Mt. Pisgah, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Mt. Pisgah Baptist
church, in charge of the Rev. J. A. Paddock, pastor. Burial will be made at the
church cemetery, in charge of Morris H. Sleeth, funeral director.
Thursday February 27, 1941
TO BE HELD FRIDAY
Brief Illness Due to Asthma
Causes Death of James A. Metz, 67
Mr. Metz died while seated in a chair at his home.
He had been suffering from
asthma for four or five weeks.
The deceased was a member of the Red Men’s lodge and attended the Mt.
Pisgah Baptist church.
He was born in Lexington, Kentucky April 7, 1873, but has spent most of his
life in this county. He had been a cement contractor.
He was united in marriage May 24, 1899, to
Miss Louisa King, who, with
ten children survives him. Children are Miss Elizabeth Metz
Caroline Brokering, both of Shelbyville; Mrs. Mildred Strange,
Indianapolis, and Mrs. Hazel Britton, of Texas and Morris
Metz, of Shelbyville, James, of Florida; Harold, of
Greenville, Ohio and John and Paul, at home.
In addition he is survived by eleven grandchildren, one sister,
Funkhouser, of Chicago, and two brothers, Leonard Metz, of this city,
and Thomas Metz, of Hoopeston, Illinois.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Paulene Leaidicker
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