SPRINGFIELD – Leonard Thomas Metz, 90, of Springfield died at 3:50 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at St. John’s Hospice.
He was born Sept. 5, 1918, in Cantrall, the son of Michael and Catherine Brennan Metz. He married Mary Agnes Erley in 1945; she preceded him in death on June 23, 1997.
He also was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Kathleen Ann Kathy Metz on March 9, 2003, to whom he dedicated his life to her care; two sisters, Mary Metz and Marcella Reagan; and two brothers, Michael and John Metz.
He is survived by two daughters, Maureen (Dr. Allen) Nickols of Wentzville, Mo., and Barbara (Dr. Daniel) Paul of Bluff City, Tenn.; four sons, Dr. John (Thekla) Metz of Evanston, James Metz of Honolulu, Hawaii, Dr. Stephen Metz of Tucson, Ariz., and Patrick (Janet) Metz of Springfield; 14 grandchildren, Chris (Lori) Metz of Fort Collins, Colo., Joe Metz, Mike Metz, Becky (Brad) Leonard, Betsy Metz, all of Springfield, Phoebe and Miranda Metz, both of Evanston, Rachael and Ben Paul, both of Bluff City, Tenn., Chris (Amanda) Nickols, Mike Nickols and Jennifer Nickols, all of Springfield, and Katy Nickols and Matt Nickols of Wentzeville, Mo; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Leonard was a resident of Springfield for most of his life. He retired in 1980 from the United States Postal Service as a postal clerk.
He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church and Knights of Columbus 364. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during World War II. He took part in four D-Days. He was a graduate of Cathedral Boys High School.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home, with prayers at 4 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, at Blessed Sacrament Church, with the Rev. David Hoefler officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Blessed Sacrament Building Fund or Sparc.
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