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Charles L. Mettler Jr.

March 23, 2013
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    Mr. 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 Veteran's  Home.

   Born October 16, 1924 in Waco, Texas, Charles was the son of Charles L. and Lessie Fitzgerald Mettler Sr. He married Luci Dean Richardson on August 19, 1945 in Waco, Texas. She preceded him in death. He married Maryana L. Hehrer on December 28, 1990 in Waco, Texas. She survives.

   Mr. Mettler served his country in the U. S. Marine Corps during WW II. He saw action in the Solomon Islands and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received at Guadalcanal. Charles 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 V.F.W. 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, Texas. He served as Past President of the Fort Worth, Texas Lions Club where he was the director for 3 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.

   Mr. Mettler was employed as Sales Manager for the Lone Star Gas Company in Fort Worth, Texas for 39 years. He retired on November 1, 1986.

   Survivors include his wife, Maryana; a daughter, Donna Kucholtz (Jon) of Lancaster, TX; a son, Charles Mettler III of Georgetown, TX; a step daughter, Angela Reed (Mark) of Quincy; two step sons, Robert Roman (Sarah) of Quincy and Mikel Roman (Sara) of St. Louis, MO; two grandchildren, Kevin Kucholtz of Lancaster, TX and Kerri Kucholtz of Austin, TX, nine step grandchildren, 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.

   Cremation rites have been accorded to Mr. Mettler. A Funeral Mass will be held Monday morning at 10:00 in St. John's Cathedral by Bishop Stephen Strawn. Military Honors will be by the Illinois National Guard Funeral Detail.

   The family will meet with friends following the services at the church.

   Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at a later date in Cleburne Cemetery, Cleburne, Texas.

   The Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

   Memorials may be made to St. John's Cathedral.

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