KINGSLEY — Craig C. Metz, age 56, of Kingsley, passed away peacefully at his home with his family at his side on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. He was born June 21, 1957, in Freeport, Ill., to Clinton and LaVonne (Bryant) Metz.
Craig graduated from St. Clair Shores High School in 1976. He played several sports including basketball, football and track and field. But his “claim to fame” was when he broke the record for the high jump using a technique called the “Fosbury Flop.” He worked for Chrysler Motor Co. during his senior year.
He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1978 and served three years. He did his basic training at M.C.R.D. in San Diego. He went to the fleet where he was assigned to the 2ND BN/9TH Marines as a 0311. He also went through warfare training in Mt. Fugi, Japan. Craig had the honor of going to Iwo Jima, where he climbed Mt. Suribachi. He was honorably discharged in 1981. He was extremely proud of his service to his country and very grateful for the experience because he felt that it helped mold him into the man he later became. One of the mottos of the Marine Corps is, “Improvise, Adapt and Overcome.” He was especially fond of this and adopted it as a philosophy for his own life. Everyone who knew him knew that this is truly how he lived his life.
Craig married Kelly Saunders on Sept. 30, 1995, in Traverse City.
He retired from Cintas last year after 15 years as production supervisor. He enjoyed his work and took his responsibilities seriously. Cintas meant a lot to him, as well as the people he worked with.
He was a member of the Kingsley Sportsman’s Club and enjoyed shooting his .38 Special.
His biggest passion in life was cooking. He also enjoyed video and computer games. He was a ranger at Crystal Lake Golf Club and loved playing the game. He enjoyed the challenge of perfecting his skills.
Craig is survived by his wife, Kelly; children, Jessica Good, of Alanson, Stephanie Cope, of Boyne City, Anthony and Kayla Metz, both of Kingsley; two brothers, Todd and Bryan Metz, both of McPherson, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Abey, Alyssa, Emily, Jenna, Isaac, Lillian and Parker; and uncles, Truman Bryant, Jake and Bunny Metz, all of Freeport, Ill.
Besides his parents, Craig was preceded in death by his daughter, Laura Metz; and grandmother, Marion Bryant.
A memorial service with full military honors will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, at Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley.