Craig C Metz

June 21, 1957November 12, 2013
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Craig C Metz, age 56 of Kingsley, MI passed away peacefully at his home with his family at his side on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. He was born June 21, 1957 in Freeport, Illinois to Clinton and LaVonne (Bryant) Metz.

Craig graduated from St. Clair Shores High School in 1976. He played several sports including basketball, football and track and field. But his "claim to fame" was when he broke the record for the high jump, using a technique called the "Fosbury Flop". He worked for Crysler Motor Company during his senior year.

He joined the United States Marine Corp in 1978 and served three years. He did his basic training at M.C.R.D. in San Diego, California. He went to the fleet where he was assigned to the 2ND BN/9TH Marines as a 0311. He also went through warfare training in Mt. Fugi, Japan. Craig had the honor of going to Iwa Jima where he climbed Mt. Suribachi. He was honorably discharged in 1981. He was extremely proud of his service to his country and very grateful for the experience because he felt that it helped mold him into the man he later became. One of the motto's of the Marine Corp is, "Improvise, Adapt and Overcome". He was especially fond of this and adopted it as a philosophy for his own life. Everyone who knew him, knew that this is truly how he lived his life.

Craig married Kelly Saunders on September 30, 1995 in Traverse City, MI.

He retired from Cintas last year, after fifteen years as Production Supervisor. He enjoyed his work and took his responsibilities seriously. Cintas meant a lot to him, as well as the people he worked with.

He was a member of the Kingsley Sportsman' Club and enjoyed shooting his 38 Special. His biggest passion in life was cooking. He also enjoyed video/computer games. He was a ranger at Crystal Lake Golf Club and loved playing the game. He enjoyed the challenge of perfecting his skills.

Craig is survived by his his wife Kelly; children: Jessica Good, of Alanson, Stephanie Cope of Boyne City, Anthony and Kayla Metz both of Kingsley; two brothers: Todd and Bryan Metz, both of McPherson, Kansas; seven grandchildren: Abey, Alyssa, Emily, Jenna, Isaac, Lillian and Parker; uncles: Truman Bryant, Jake and Bunny Metz, all of Freeport, Illinois. Besides his parents, Craig was preceded in death by his daughter Laura Metz, and grandmother, Marion Bryant.

A memorial service with full military honors will be held Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 11 a.m with visitation one hour prior at Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley.

The family would like to invite everyone to join them at the American Legion Post 219, 10283 Michigan 186, Fife Lake, MI 49633 immediately following the service. Please come help continue to celebrate Craig's life.



  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 23, 2013


  • Luncheon

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Charles Lynch

December 29, 2013

I knew Craig when was around 12 years old. His father was friend of my father and a employee. I remember. Craig as a happy kid who was good natured and fun loving. Sad to hear of his passing so young of age .

Jorg Schueler

December 2, 2013

Hi Kelly, this is Jorg. I'm truly sorry to hear about Craig!! Although it's been years, I still think of our times together often.....and the pictures do bring back lot's of wonderful memories. Craig was one guy that always had a smile on his face and chuckle in his voice. Try to be strong during this time of loss. You and your family are in my prays.

Rick Tonia Wells

November 23, 2013

God bless

November 22, 2013

I always enjoyed Craig, Todd, and "Papoose" when they were still living in Illinois. Unfortunately, I am not able to make it to the funeral service but the entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I like Cousin David's idea for us cousins to get together while we still can. I send my heartfelt condolences to Craig's family, Todd and family, and Bryan and family. Craig was one of a kind and I was proud to have him as a cousin. Steve Gitz

lyn and shelly gorsuch

November 22, 2013

Craig always had a smile and was full of laughter and joy and could put a smile on anyones face.You will be missed dearly. Kelly and kids we are thinking of you all. Lyn and Shelly

November 17, 2013

Craig always came into the store with a smile and only positive thoughts. I am thankful to have known him. he was very very proud to have been a Marine and told me more than one time the motto he lived by and worked by. very very proud of his family and made time for everyone. I'm glad he had taken the retirement and spend time with family and of course golfing. I will miss his smile and happiness. susan bodjack

November 17, 2013

Cousin Craig, what can I say, when us cousins got together it was the best of times, new we were all loved, gonna be hard because we are all getting older and know are time on this earth can be to short, so a shout out to the rest of the cousins, we need to get together to celebrate Craig's life and his accomplishments and not to forget who we are and where we come from ! Love to you all David Metz & Family

Bryan Metz

November 16, 2013

We miss and love you very much. You were an older brother who was the best anyone could of asked for . You will always be in our hearts and thoughts forever

Bryan & Kathy Metz

Bryan Metz

November 16, 2013

Craig you were one of a kind. The best older brother anyone could of asked for. You will truly be misses but; we know YU will always be in our hearts and thoughts.

Bryan & Kathy Metz

Stephanie Cope (Metz)

November 16, 2013

My Dad was truly one of a kind. His personality brightened every room he was in. I will never forget being a young girl, getting up with him at 5am to go to work with him. Doing my share of hauling dirty uniforms :) It was the time I could spend with my dad one on one, the weekends I was there. Thank you so much for all the support and sympathy you have shown to us kids and to Kelly. He left a big hole in our lives, but knowing we will see him again will keep us going.