Francis "Frank" Metz


October 4, 1952 - September 13, 2014


Francis "Frank" Metz was born on October 4, 1952 in Wayne Township, in Hanson Co near Alexandria, SD.    He was the youngest of 11 children, born to Clarence Anthony Metz & Nina Josephine Benson Metz.   When he was five years old, his mother died and the family moved to Rosedale Township in Hanson Co.   Frank attended all 8 grades at Country School Rosedale #2.   He attended Notre Dame High School and graduated in 1970.    He attended college in Richardton, N.D. for 1 year, and then he graduated from Mt. Scenario College in Ladysmith, Wisconsin in 1974.

Frank moved to Portland, Oregon where he worked as a welder for 26 years at Harco Manufacturing. He then bought his own semi and worked for Werner Enterprises and hauled freight in all the lower 48 states until his passing.   He had returned to Mitchell to live in later years, and became a member of the Wesleyan Church in Mitchell.  Frank enjoyed studying the bible, coin collecting, working on cars, family history and raising Piedmontese cattle.

He is survived by 3 brothers, Carl (Jan) Metz, Barney Metz, John (Joyce) Metz all of Mitchell, SD; 5 sisters, Mary Borszich, Grand Junction, CO; Carolyn Stevenson, Margaret Johnson, Mitchell, SD; Kitty (Rich) Lund, and Christina Gardner, of Portland, OR.   He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Louise Metz, Mitchell, SD; nieces and nephews, Dawn Niehoff, Russ Stevenson, Brett Johnson, Lisa Johnson, Sonya Johnson, Tammy Metz, Tony Metz; Jon Lund, Christina Lund, Bethany Lund, Robert Borszich, Steven Borszich, Roy Gardner, Catherine Gardner, Jennifer Keeland & Ryan Keeland.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Edward Metz; a sister, Lorraine (Dolly) Keeland, and a nephew, Eric Gardner; 2 nieces, Melissa Metz & Debra Stevenson; brothers-in-law Don Borszich, Melvin Stevenson, and Ralph Johnson; and a sister-in-law, Peggy Metz.

Memorial donations may be made to Wesleyan Church, 601 N. Sanborn in Mitchell, SD.



Thursday, September 18, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, September 19, 2014
11:00 AM
Mitchell Wesleyan Church
601 North Sanborn
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Fulton, South Dakota

Posted by Catherine Gardner on September 22, 2014
Uncle Frank, you are sorely missed. Love you.
Posted by Bradley Schaberg, Schaberg family on September 19, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Posted by Judy Backlund Gohl on September 19, 2014
I was so sorry to read that you have lost 'Frankie'. I remember he and 'Johnny' as the two little blond boys who lived down the road from us. It's hard for me to picture him with gray hair and a mustache! You all have my sympathy and please know that I'm thinking of you during this sad time.
Posted by Carol Feterl Berg on September 19, 2014
So sorry for your loss; he went to school with my brother larry. I was a good friend of dollys. When she came back to mitchell we got together with her out at johns.
Posted by Rick Agnitsch on September 18, 2014
John and Joyce,
I was saddened to hear of the passing of your brother Frank. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Posted by Lorie Wilson on September 16, 2014
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family. So sorry for your loss.
Posted by John, Barney and Family on September 15, 2014
So sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed Franks company.
My sincerest condolences to a good family.
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