Tom Metz

Richard Thomas Metz of Navarre, Florida, passed away Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.

Born April 9, 1952, he was the son of the late Kay Metz and Harry M. Metz of Belleville. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Dr. Corinne Besser, of Navarre, Florida.

He is also survived by a son, H. Mac Metz, esquire, of Oxford, Mississippi.

Mr. Metz was educated at Valley Forge Military Academy, Kishacoquillas High School, Juniata College and Penn State University.

He enjoyed several careers in insurance, banking and financial services with a number of Wall Street firms, including Merrill Lynch, Paine Webber, UBS, Dain Bosworth, Dain Rauscher and Royal Bank of Canada. He was a pilot for SkyWest and retired from Delta after being based in Salt Lake City and Houston.

He was an avid sprint car racing fan, a member of The Antique Automobile Club of America, The Crown Victoria Association, The Juniata College Heritage Society, Delta Airlines retirees and was active in the Boy Scouts of America as an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member of The Order of the Arrow and former Chief of Monaken Lodge 103.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Belleville, with the Rev. Ela Robertson officiating. Interment will take place at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery following the service.

Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to Boy Scout Troop 124, c/o St. Stephens Lutheran Church, 8489 Licking Creek Road, Mifflintown, PA 17059.

Arrangements are under the care of Henderson Funeral Home, Belleville.

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I am so sorry to hear the news of Tom's passing. He was one of my first friends in Belleville, in fact we got our first school spanking together by Mrs Eckles. We were fighting over a girl in first grade. We had a lot of fun times together while growing up. Scout trips, biking around the Valley, basketball, just the things kids did in the 50's & 60's in Belleville. He was always smiling and was a good friend. I am sorry for your loss and pray your memories will be a comfort to you.