Metz, Clayton John Henry (Bud), son of the late Clayton H. Metz and Jeannette Werner Metz and brother of Dudley B. Metz, passed away on April 27, 2013. He was a native of Chicago, Il and a resident of Okemos, MI. Mr. Metz is survived by his greatest friend Edwina, his French Bulldog, who inherited his aristocratic air, wife Carol A. Metz, son Kurt W. (Gina) Metz, daughter Karen E. (David) Thimmig, stepdaughter Martha (David) Wizgird, his grandchildren Allison, Edward, Samuel, Maxwell, Emma and Richard Clayton as well as many nieces and nephews.
He served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was President of Metz, Lecy, Barnes & Thias Insurance Agency in Lansing and active in the insurance industry as a member of the National Board of Agents Advisors of the New Hampshire Insurance Company, also President of the Lansing Association of Insurance Agents. He served as Chairman of the Board of America One Insurance, as Justice of the Peace in Delta Township of Eaton County and acted as State Chairman of the IYC Golf Tournament. After retiring, he wrote a biography of his great grandfather Alexander Simplot, who was a noted Civil War artist.
Bud enjoyed traveling the world, loved the finest foods, was a golf enthusiast, winner of the green jacket at the Country Club of Lansing, yachtsman, pilot, historian and ancestral researcher. He enjoyed the sights each morning at Dunkin' Donuts in Okemos and his routine luncheon conversations with friends at Coral Gables Restaurant.
Words cannot express how empty our lives have become. His family and friends have lost a great humor, a true friend, a protector of animals and a first class humanitarian. Our memories of him will continue to influence our lives. He will live in our hearts through the generations to come, they will leave their mark as his ancestors before him.
Services will be held at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. Visitation will be on held on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. In lieu of flowers or contributions, offerings can be made to Mission of Our Lady of Angels (in honor of his mother), 3808 W. Iowa St, Chicago, IL 60651 or to the Michigan State University Evans Scholarship Fund, 831 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823.