Charles L. Mettler Jr.

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Charles L. Mettler Jr., 88, of the Illinois Veteran's Home in Quincy, formerly of Waco, Texas, died at 12:20 p.m. Saturday (March 23, 2013) in the Illinois Veterans Home.

He was born Oct. 16, 1924, in Waco, a son of Charles L. and Lessie Fitzgerald Mettler Sr. He married Luci Dean Richardson on Aug. 19, 1945, in Waco. She preceded him in death. He then married Maryana L. Hehrer on Dec. 28, 1990, in Waco. She survives.

Mr. Mettler served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He saw action in the Solomon Islands and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received at Guadalcanal. He was selected to go on the second Honor Flight in May 2011.

Charles was a member of St. John's Cathedral, Elks Lodge 100, Quincy Shrine Club and the Quincy American Legion Post 37 in Quincy. He was also a member of the VFW. Post 2148, Disabled American Veterans, the Marine Corps League, Military Order of the Purple Heart, J.H. Gurley Masonic Lodge No. 337, Karem Shrine Temple, the Shrine Oriental Band and Scottish Rite Consistory, all in Waco. He served as Past President of the Fort Worth, Texas, Lions Club where he was the director for three years of the Organ and Eye Bank and was named "Lion of the Year" in 1981 and 1982. An avid reader and history buff, Charles also enjoyed fishing, hunting, dancing and listening to the Waco Symphony Orchestra.

He was employed as sales manager for the Lone Star Gas Company in Fort Worth for 39 years. He retired on Nov. 1, 1986.

Survivors include his wife, Maryana; a daughter, Donna Kucholtz (Jon) of Lancaster, Texas; a son, Charles Mettler III of Georgetown, Texas; a stepdaughter, Angela Reed (Mark) of Quincy; two stepsons, Robert Roman (Sarah) of Quincy and Mikel Roman (Sara) of St. Louis; two grandchildren, Kevin Kucholtz of Lancaster and Kerri Kucholtz of Austin, Texas; and nine stepgrandchildren, Heather Roman, Andrew Roman, Audrey Roman, Justin Reed (Chelsea), Ryan McNay, Courtney McNay, Taylor Reed, Alex McNay and Claire Reed.

Mr. Mettler was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; and a grandson in infancy.

SERVICES: 10 a.m. Monday in St. John's Cathedral with Bishop Stephen Strawn conducting. Military honors will be by the Illinois National Guard Funeral Detail. Graveside services with military honors will be held at a later date in Cleburne Cemetery, Cleburne, Texas.

MEMORIALS: St. John's Cathedral.

ARRANGEMENTS: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home.

WEBSITE: www.zrsc.com.

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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Mar. 31 to Apr. 2, 2013
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