Roger L. Metz, 80, 16487 State Route 274, Botkins, passed away at 3:15 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2013, at Cridersville Health Care Center, in Cridersville.
He was born on Sept. 19, 1932, in Anna, the son of the late Sadie (Herring) and Charles Metz. On Sept. 15, 1956, he married Carolyn (Helmlinger) Metz, who survives.
Also surviving are four step-grandchildren, Brenda Hale, of Atwood, Ind., Teresa Kissinger, of Kimmell, Ind., Anthony J. Fitgerald, of Atwood, Ind., and Mindy L. Polar, of Frankfort; 13 step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandchild. Roger is also survived by one son-in-law, James (Fitzie) Fitzgerald, of Sidney; one brother, Willis Metz and wife Lois, of Jackson Center; and one sister, Carol Klopfenstein, of Botkins. Also, there are Carolyn’s special neighborhood friends she wanted to mention that are so special to she and Roger — Ron and Jeanie Bergman, of Botkins, and their grandson, Holdlyn Bergman; Matthew and Leslie Sawmiller and children, Bailey and Mitchel; Scott and Margie Hoying, of Botkins, and children, Rachel Hoying and Seth Hoying; Sam and Diane Hoying, and their children, Henry and Marcus Hoying; and Alex and Jessica Hoying and their children, Parker and Aubrey Hoying.
Preceding him in death was one daughter, Sharon Louise Fitzgerald; one son, Steven L. Metz; one grandson, Gary E. Metz; and one brother, Norman and Sue Metz.
Roger was a member of the Auglaize County Antique Tractor Association. He was a deacon at St. Jacob Lutheran Church and held other various positions at the church, of which he was a member.
He also was an avid Cincinnati Reds and Ohio State Buckeyes fan. Roger enjoyed watching all the school sports activities of Anna, Botkins and Jackson Center. He, along with his wife Carolyn, had been owner and operator of his own heating and electrical business for many years.
Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Jacob Lutheran Church, in Anna, with the Rev. Michael Althauser officiating. Burial is to be at Pearl Cemetery, in Swanders.
Friends may call at 9 a.m. Tuesday until the hour of service, at St. Jacob Lutheran Church.
Memorials may be made to St. Jacob Lutheran Church, Wilson Hospice Care, or St. Rita’s Hospice Care in memory of Roger L. Metz. All arrangements are in the care of Cromes Funeral Home and Crematory, 302 S. Main Ave., Sidney.
Condolences may be expressed to the Metz family at cromesfh.com