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Glen J. ‘John’ Metz

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
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Glen J. 'John' Metz

STOCKTON – Glen J. “John” Metz, formerly of Chadwick, died Monday, April 28, 2014.

He was born Dec. 9, 1921, at home in rural Mount Carroll, to his parents, Howard and Mina (Weidman) Metz. When he was 16 years old, he worked for the Green Giant plant in Lanark, and farmed with his father in Mount Carroll. At age 20, they moved to Fair Haven, where he continued to farm with his father. He married Lila Wenger at age 22, on April 8, 1944, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa. They farmed for many years in the Chadwick-Milledgeville area. In 1954, he bought the Chadwick farm on Stransky Road. They had two daughters, Judy Shilling and Susan Smith.

He dairied until he was 55 years old. He raised Shetland ponies, and many registered quarter horses. From 1978 to 1983, he also worked for the state highway department. In 1983, he retired from farming. After Lila’s death in 1985, he married Betty (Johnson) Shelly on Nov. 30, 1985, at Science Ridge Mennonite Church in Sterling. They moved to Dakota, where he and Betty lived for 2 years before buying a farm in Stockton, where she currently resides. Glen served on the Chadwick School Board for several terms, and was on several church councils and taught Sunday school. He especially enjoyed raising quarter horses, going on trail rides, and playing cards with friends. He was a member of Freeport Mennonite Church.

Glen is survived by his wife, Betty; one sister, Ruby Doris Coleman of Rock Falls; two daughters, Judy Shilling of Houston and Susan (Dwight) Smith of Chadwick; two grandsons, Doug (Abby) Smith of Ballwin, Mo., and Bill Bunnell of Dallas; three stepdaughters, Gena (Robert) Fryer of Freeport, Joyce Goeke of Raytown, Mo., and Carolyn (David) Zuck of Dakota; one stepson, Steven Shelly of Freeport; and 15 stepgrandchildren.

Glen was preceded in death by his first wife, Lila; his parents; and five siblings, Carl Metz, Ada Rahn, Paul Metz, Ruth Downing, and Esther Kness.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Russell-Frank Funeral Home in Lanark. The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Freeport Mennonite Church, 3416 E. Brick School Road, near Dakota.

Memorials have been established to Freeport Mennonite Church and the New Kingdom Trail Riders, a nonprofit riding therapy program.

Visit www.schwarzfh.com to send condolences.

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