William C. Metz
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Avery-Storti Funeral Home - Wakefield
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William (Bill) C. Metz passed onto eternal life on Tuesday, August 13th in Chicago, IL. Bill lived a life of love and service to his country, to his community, and to his family.

Raised in Kingston, RI by his parents, William and Clarice, Bill learned the values of education and community service. In 1966, Bill extended the list of family Bates College Alma Maters by earning a degree in History. Bill then took an interesting path by opting to enroll in the African Studies program at Makerere University College in Kampala, Uganda. He spent an adventurous ten days in the Virunga Mountains on the Rwanda/Congo border as part of a mountain gorilla census expedition with Dian Fossey. Next came enrollment in the University of Rhode Island's (URI) Master's program in geography after months of touring the Middle East and Europe. But his academics were cut short and career path changed when the U.S. Army drafted him and, on October 7, 1968, he arrived at Fort Dix, New Jersey, as a private.

While stationed at Phouc Vinh, on the Cambodian border, with the First Air Cavalry Division, he was involved in logistics planning for Operation Toan Thang 43, a May 1, 1969 incursion into the Fishhook area of Cambodia to destroy North Vietnamese safe havens and supplies. The success led to a meritorious Bronze Star along with an Air Medal for on-scene coordination by helicopter. Forty years later he began dealing with the pulmonary effects from exposure to Agent Orange which was the catalyst for his death.

Following graduation with a Master's degree in geography from URI he enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh for a Ph.D. in geography. Meanwhile, he met Carol, a Salve Regina College graduate, who had taught school at Fort Buchanan in Puerto Rico and returned to teach in Rhode Island and they were married on July 4, 1973.

With a Ph.D. in hand in 1974, he conducted socio-economic studies for planned coal and uranium mines, nuclear power plants and transmission lines while employed by Westinghouse in Pittsburgh. In 1978 he accepted a research position at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island performing national energy policy studies for the Department of Energy; concurrently earning an MBA from Dowling College. In 1983 he was recruited by Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago. For 33 years, he was involved in an exciting diversity of research activities including assessing socioeconomic effects of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage facility, land use around nuclear power plants, emergency operations plans for communities in the vicinity of seven U.S. Army chemical weapons storage facilities, emergency preparedness capabilities of special populations in Alabama, and effectiveness of city disaster plans. To help keep his an edge, he later earned a MIS degree from Aurora University.

During his years living near Chicago he and Carol raised their two children, Christopher and Jennifer. Bill graciously volunteered for activities such as swim team president, Boy Scout troop leader, coaching and more. As a father, Bill supported his children in every way imaginable. As a Grandfather, he showered his five young grandchildren with love and always looked forward to reading with them. To quote Bill directly from his college reunion profile, "My family keeps me happier than I ever believed possible."

As in life, his wife of 46 years, Carol (Giles) Metz was by his bedside for his passing along with his two children, Chris and Jennifer. Bill is survived by Carol, Chris (wife Laura Merritt), Jennifer (husband John Hyland); his five beautiful grandchildren, Liam, Dylan, Hazel, Charlotte and Jack; and his loving siblings Elizabeth (husband David) McNab and Margaret (husband Kevin) Munroe. We will all continue to live out your daily mantra, "Life is Good".

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please make a donation to either: Vietnam Veterans of America (vva.org), Honor Flight Chicago (honorflightchicago.org), or South County Museum (SouthCountyMuseum.org)

There will be a memorial service on October 5th, 2019 at 10AM at First Congregational Church of Naperville (UCC) located at 25 E Benton Ave, Naperville, IL 60540. For guest book and condolences, averystortifuneralhome.com.

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Published by Chicago Tribune on Aug. 28, 2019.
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To the Metz family,
I am deeply saddened by the loss of my life-long friend. He was the elder brother I wish I had.
I will miss him.
Sincerely
Eugene W Heintz, Lt Colonel, US Army,(ret)
Eugene Heintz
November 2, 2019
Carol, Chris, Jenny and the extended Metz family,

The Mitrani family is saddened for your loss of your partner, father, father-in-law, and Grandfather.

It is with much sorrow in my heart that I speak these words.

I could not be there in person today, because like Bill I have had some setbacks with my lungs; and like Bill was I am on immuno-suppressants and cannot be out and about much.

Bill was my colleague, my friend, my get up and move away from the desk let's take a walk partner, my Don Quixote and I sometimes, his Sancho Panza, my let's work out how to get the job done teammate, my Argonne mentor, and my late-life Father figure. He provided emotional support to my wife Julie and I during the illnesses, and after the losses of our parents and family members.

At Argonne Bill provided top cover for me on numerous occasions, to make sure I didn't do anything stupid or dumb, or broke Argonne's rules. He was a master of the rules and policies at Argonne and shared his knowledge willingly. He was a remarkable man.

I miss those times we spent working, talking, brainstorming, and just being friends. I miss his sage advice, his wit and wisdom, and his ability to keep me from leaping small buildings in a single bound (or maybe it was jumping to conclusions). We laughed, and debated, and discussed, and every time we said goodbye we had a handshake and a hug.

I was saddened to hear of his passing. The only words that I could say was dropping 3 F-bombs. I so wanted to say Hey in person once again. I'm sorry I couldn't.

Bill knew this and knows this I LOVE YOU MAN!

Jacques Mitrani (and family)
Jacques Miytrani
October 5, 2019
Carol, Chris, Jenny and the extended Metz family,

The Mitrani family is saddened for your loss of your partner, father, father-in-law, and Grandfather.

It is with much sorrow in my heart that I speak these words.

I could not be there in person today, because like Bill I have had some setbacks with my lungs; and like Bill was I am on immuno-suppressants and cannot be out and about much.

Bill was my colleague, my friend, my get up and move away from the desk let's take a walk partner, my Don Quixote and I sometimes, his Sancho Panza, my let's work out how to get the job done teammate, my Argonne mentor, and my late-life Father figure. He provided emotional support to my wife Julie and I during the illnesses, and after the losses of our parents and family members.

Bill provided top cover for me on numerous occasions, to make sure I didn't do anything stupid or dumb, or broke Argonne's rules. He was a master of the rules and policies at Argonne and shared his knowledge willingly. He was a remarkable man.

I miss those times we spent working, talking, brainstorming, and just being friends. I miss his sage advice, his wit and wisdom, and his ability to keep me from leaping small buildings in a single bound (or maybe it was jumping to conclusions). We laughed, and debated, and discussed, and every time we said goodbye we had a handshake and a hug.

I was saddened to hear of his passing. The only words that I could say was dropping 3 F-bombs. I so wanted to say Hey in person once again. I'm sorry I couldn't.

Bill knew this and knows this I LOVE YOU MAN!

Jacques Mitrani (and family)
October 5, 2019
I worked with Bill for many years at Argonne and he was a mentor, a colleague and a friend. Bill, being a veteran, always inquired how my daughter was getting along in the US Coast Guard Academy, we had many engaging discussions. We will be out of town and unable to attend the memorial service, but I send my condolences and sympathies to the Metz family. I will fondly remember my time with Bill, he will be missed.
Bruce Young
October 3, 2019
Im so sorry for your family with the loss of Bill. He was a wonderful thoughtful person. He was Always ready to help a neighbor in any way. He was a great friend to me when Phil was traveling all the time and would help shovel snow or assist in yard work. After we moved, we kept in touch with texts when there was news of a new grand baby or something happened in the neighborhood. I last heard from him in March and he told me about the new baby coming and he was so excited. He loved his family deeply. He was in PT and doing well and ready to get back to a normal life.

I will miss Bill, but I know there is a special place for him in heaven and his kind heart will live on in his children and grandchildren.

We will miss his memorial as we will be on vacation in France, but we will remember to say a prayer in his honor. Again my deepest sympathies to Carol, Chris and Jenny and all the grand children.
Lynne Rains
Friend
September 16, 2019
So sorry to hear about Bill. And we will miss the Memorial as we will be out of the country. However, on that day we will be at the American Cemetery in Normandy, Fr. I will give Bill a soldier-to-soldier salute while there.
Phil Rains
Friend
September 16, 2019
Rest In Peace...

We have the Watch ....
AZ1 USN
August 28, 2019
It was my privilege to work with both Bill and his son Chris at Argonne. Bill and I had many fine discussions covering a variety of subjects relating to homeland security and emergency management and he was always a pleasure to work with. He will be missed!
Edward Buikema
August 26, 2019
Dear Carol, Chris, and family,

Bill was a warrior. His warrior spirit made it possible for him to confront and endure so many challenges; and thrive as a respected and productive researcher. He was kind and considerate -- a gentleman, a scholar, and a leader.

We will miss him and remember him when we (Argonne retirees) meet for lunch.

Sincerely,

Ron Whitfield
Ron Whitfield
Coworker
August 26, 2019
I was so sorry to hear of Bill's death - while not unexpected, given his heroic history, I was nevertheless so saddened.
Bill was a great friend, a wonderful example of what a person could be, and a valuable leader.
He is missed.
Larry Orndorff
August 26, 2019
To the Metz family,

I had the pleasure to work with Bill a few times at Argonne. I was so sorry to hear the news of his passing. May his memory be a blessing.
Kitty Loewy
August 26, 2019
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