Richard Henry Metz, 66, son of William Earnest and Bertha Kelley Metz, was born Nov. 28, 1937, at Garden City, Kan. He died Jan. 1, 2004, at Phelps County Regional Medical Center at Rolla. The Metz family moved to Springfield from Kansas. Mr. Metz started working for the Reynolds Manufacturing Co. in Springfield when he was 16. At 18, he enlisted in the Army, serving with the military police. He was in the 82nd Airborne and was in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1958 during its downfall. He was selected for special assignment in 1965 and ’66 at Dugway, Utah, Chemical Testing Grounds, where he held a Krypto security clearance. He volunteered for two tours in Vietnam, the first in 1967. While in Vietnam, he was an airstrip guard when a satchel charge went off, blinding him. He had implant surgery to repair his eyes. He taught himself to shoot left handed and turned down a Purple Heart by staying in the Army. He served another tour in 1967. In Germany, he served with the German Highway Patrol. He retired as a first sergeant in 1976 and was awarded Bronze and Silver stars along with other military and civilian service awards. Sixteen years of his military career were spent overseas. When he retired from the military, he bought a farm in Laclede County and went to work for John Morris, who started Bass Pro Shop. Mr. Metz maintained the physical and alarm systems. In 1980, he went to work at Fort Leonard Wood as a physical security investigator for provost marshal and CID. He traveled and inspected reserve and National Guard armories, hospitals and narcotics in the tri-state area. He taught alcohol and drug counseling to young families on base and security classes. He took a medical retirement in April 1996 after 16 and a half years, with the rank of GS-9 step 5. He was due for a two year promotion to Washington, D.C. He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his wife, Charlotte Sue Metz of Newburg; one daughter, Christina Wheeler of Raymondville; one son, Richard H. Metz; one sister, Wilma Jean Morton of Springfield; and four grandchildren. Services were Jan. 6 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ed Hamilton officiating. Burial was in the White Chapel Cemetery at Springfield. “

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