Robert Lee Metz

If you’ve ever parked you car in Toledo Hospital garage or enjoyed a meal at the now gone Chi Chi’s restaurant, you have made use of one of hundreds of buildings Robert was proud to lead construction of.

Soon to have celebrated his 92nd birthday, on May 3rd he walked into the arms of Brandon, his grandson waiting in Heaven. Robert died in the home he loved being showered with love from family.

Born and raised on a small farm in Bloomdale, Ohio on May 12, 1931, which happened to be Mother’s Day. He was one of three children God sent to Riley and Lula (Archer). Both his brother Jim and sister Mary (Emmitt) preceded him in death.

After graduating from Bloomdale High School, Robert joined the Air Force. He shared great pride in his military service, especially his time in the Korean War. His family heard his stories of that era many times with pride. Two of Robert’s experiences in life that gave him great pride was being asked to lay a wreath on the Korean War Memorial at Clay High School last Memorial day, and taking the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. a few years ago.

Married to Darlene (Girton) for twenty nine years, they were blessed with five children; Gary, Teresa (Robb) Pratt, David (Pam Mohler), Diane (Robert) Caoua, and Elaine.

Forty years ago in 1983, Robert married his beloved current wife Betty (Peace) Metz and became “Dad” to three more daughters, Pamela (Roderick) Soprano, Melanie (Roderick) Whitaker (Ben), and Angela (Ward) Woodbury. Robert has eighteen grandchildren with several having children of their own. A special bond with two of his granddaughters Elizabeth and Marley leaves behind two broken hearts.

Working his entire life for two large companies, Schlageter-Naumann General Contractors and Bostleman Corporation, he left his mark as a Superintendent on buildings all along the east coast and then to Californina.

Reverend Jeremiah Diegle from Christ United Methodist Church, where Robert was a member, will be assisting the family at the graveside private memorial at a later date. Robert’s ashes will be buried at Lake Township Cemetery where his headstone sits with a Jeff Gordon car engraved along with his name.

The family would like to thank ProMedica Homecare and Hospice of Northwest Ohio for their assistance, love and care they provided.


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