Ken Metze

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Kenneth T. Metze, 82, of Belleville, IL, born July 11, 1935, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday, January 28, 2018, at his residence with his family by his side.

Kenny was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who enjoyed music, sports and sharing a laugh with family and friends. He was a current and founding member of the Metro East Chorale, SIU-E Community Chorus and a member of the St. Peter’s Cathedral Church and Men’s Choir for over 50 years. He was a gifted soloist who shared his voice at countless concerts and weddings throughout the years. He was a member of the Cathedral Players Guild. Kenny had several professions over the years including manager of the Penney’s Shoe Department in downtown Belleville and as a route salesman for both Wonder Bread and Frito Lay. In his younger years, Kenny played baseball, softball, volleyball, was an avid bowler and golfer, and was a long-time coach and umpire. His love of sports carried over into his retirement years with a job as an usher for 18 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.

He was preceded in death by a son, Clif Metze; his parents, Theodore H. and Irene, nee Spinnenweber, Metze; a brother, Jerry Metze; and a brother-in-law, Linus Poettker.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Carolyn I., nee Veath, Metze, whom he married on January 17, 1957;
three sons, Gary (Carrie) Metze of Troy, IL, Brian (Sandy) Metze of Belleville, IL, and Todd (Kim) Metze of Belleville, IL;
five grandchildren, Michael (Terra) Metze, Garin (Sierra) Metze, Amanda (Anthony) Whitfield, Kyle Metze, and Natalie (Tory) Taylor;
five great grandchildren, Bailey, Jalen, Anthony II, Tilly and Tory Jr.;
a sister, Barbara Poettker of Belleville, IL;
a sister-in-law, Carolyn Metze #2 of Belleville, IL;
and nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express a special thanks to Family Hospice for their care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Family Hospice or to the Cathedral Athletic Club. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.

Private interment will be held at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL, at a later date.


19 Comments on Ken Metze

Bob & Arlene Diekemper said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2018 at 9:20 PM

Carolyn and family: So sorry to read of Kenny's passing. He and all of you are in our prayers.

  • Chesterfield
  • MO
Carol Kniepkamp said : Guest Report Feb 04, 2018 at 3:27 PM

To Kenny’s family from the Kniepkamp clan—We all are so sorry to hear of your loss. We think Russ was at the gates of Heaven to welcome our longtime friend with a beer. We can only imagine the singing and rejoicing as Kenny met his many friends especially Jack & Fred. Maybe they will have a softball game. The beautiful voice of “Uncle Kenny” will please Our Lord for sure. God bless Carolyn and the Metze family.

  • N Richland Hills
  • TX
Tammy Berry said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2018 at 5:03 PM

Our hearts and prayers go out to you. Dave & Tammy Berry

  • Allerton
  • IL
Bill and Lou Ann James said : Guest Report Feb 03, 2018 at 3:59 PM

Dear Metze family, we are so sorry to hear about Ken's passing. We knew him through years of bowling at the old Bel-Air Bowl in Belleville. May the good times of him with friends and family bring comforting memories to all of you.

  • Red Bud
  • IL
SandraGlueckk said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2018 at 10:15 PM

Metze family... So sorry of Kenny passing we know he is going to heaven what a great man. So sorry I couldn't come there with LeRoy . Having knee problems so can't stand up very long but my heart and prayers are with you and your family. Wonderfull family sandy and LeRoy Glueck

  • O'fallon
  • Illinois
Duane & Shelley Fleer said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2018 at 9:01 PM

Dearest Carolyn, so sorry to hear of Kenny's passing. Such a wonderful man and gentle soul. Prayers are with you and your family during this sorrowful time. Will always remember his infectious smile and loving heart.

  • Lufkin
  • Texaa
Sherri Hertzler said : Guest Report Feb 02, 2018 at 2:41 AM

So sorry for your loss! Kenny was an amazing person inside and out. His talent was a gift that he shared with us all. He was also the greatest gift to my parents, Jack and Sandy. Many Blessings, Sherri.

  • Ofallon
  • Il
Dave &Lavonne Fournie said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2018 at 2:00 PM

So sorry for your loss. We will allmiss his smile and sweet voice

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
James Douglas said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2018 at 5:49 PM

I was so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. I grew up hearing Ken's voice in mass echoing through the church for many, many years. My dad, Bob Dick, sang along side Kenny in the Cathedral Men's Choir. They were good friends throughout the years. We always saw him and family at the usual church functions. We always enjoyed sharing good times with Kenny & 'Butch' at the annual Choir picnics at St. John's orphanage. I believe Kenny is singing with my dad and the others up in Heaven right now. My prayers are with Ken and his family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jim & Carol Cange said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2018 at 2:44 PM

So very sorry to learn of Ken's passing. He was a great friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • nashville
  • il
Bill Lawrence said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2018 at 4:15 AM

Our hearts and prayers are with you. We will miss Kenny and we mourn along with you. He was a great man and an even greater friend.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Paul Ottwein said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2018 at 10:17 PM

We are so sorry to hear this. He was a good man. We offer you our heartfelt sympathies. Paul & Amber Ottwein

  • Edwardsville
  • IL
Butch and Rosann Amann said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2018 at 9:19 PM

Sincere sympathy to Kenny's family. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Marissa
  • Illinois
Danielle Poettker said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2018 at 8:13 PM

My sincere condolences on the passing of Uncle Kenny. His laugh was infectious. I am just sorry that I did not get to interact with him more often than family functions.

  • Stookey Township
  • Illinois
Joe & Kathleen Davis said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2018 at 3:01 PM

Sorry to learn of Ken's passing. May God be with all of you now and in the days to follow. You are all in our prayers.

  • Linwood
  • Kansas
Jane M. Appel Gaubatz said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2018 at 2:05 PM

Sympathy and Prayers to the family of a wonderful man. He was a special friend of my brother and sister-in-law. And he always remembered me with a big smile.

  • Lebanon
  • Il.
Perry and Linda Danford said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2018 at 1:40 PM

Sorry to read of Ken’s passing. We have wonderful memories of his singing and his laugh. May you feel God’s arm around your shoulders!

  • Mascoutah
  • Illinois
Deb and Rick Morgan said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2018 at 4:12 AM

Metze family......we are thinking of you and sending prayers. We have many great memories of this loving man from his solo at our wedding over 43 years ago to simply seeing his ever-smiling face at many get togethers over the years. Hoping that the wonderful memories of him that you all share will help you get through this difficult time.

  • Chandler
  • AZ
Caroljean Gerstner said : Guest Report Jan 29, 2018 at 11:03 PM

Carolyn and family, Accept our sincere heartfelt sympathy on this sad occasion, Kenny was a dear friend to our entire family for many years, loads of memories to be treasured. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family, may he rest in peace, take care, love to all, Carol Gerstner and family

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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