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William A. Metz, 81

William Addison Metz, age 81, of Delano, passed away peacefully after a long illness Saturday, April 30, 2011, surrounded by his family.

Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Caroline Metz; his children and their families, Dan, John (Linda), Bill (Susan Crow), Tony (Respa), Bob (Maria), Mary Kay (Steve Wernimont), Margaret (Matt Yonan), Paul (Sara), Jim, Monica (Dan) Ward, and Melinda (Hans) Miller; 24 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sister, Muriel Pollock; as well as many in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Edna; father, Addison; brothers John and James; and sister Shirley Sinkel.

Bill was, first and foremost, a family man, giving up a college scholarship to marry his high school sweetheart, Caroline Bauman, and start a family. His family grew quickly and his dedication to providing for all their needs was his driving motivation.

Determined not to have his family repeat his hardscrabble childhood that spanned the Great Depression and the World War II, he overcame many challenges by taking calculated risks and by simply working hard and with resolve. Starting out as an office clerk with a lumber brokerage firm, he quickly moved into a sales role that eventually led to the formation of his own company. He also spent many years as a real estate agent in Delano and the surrounding area.

An active member of his church and community, Bill served as chair of St. Peter’s school board, was active in Catholic Aid, and was proud of his role in starting the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus, of which he twice served as Grand Knight. He also served as a Eucharistic minister and sang in the church choir.

Bill also spent many hours volunteering with the Boy Scouts when his sons were young.

In addition to his family. Bill loved babies, St. Peter’s, the outdoors, western art, books, crossword puzzles, lists, starting projects (not so much on the finishing them), hats, fishing, chicken and cannonballs on the grill, Christmas and Halloween, singing lullabies, straight fences, finding a bargain, auctions, winters in Texas, making the sale, black horses and blue sky, mountains and prairie, telling stories, and making connections.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday May 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano, with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. in the church, prior to Mass, including a 9 a.m. rosary service. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Peter’s Church “All are Welcome” campaign.