JERSEYVILLE - Gordon A. Metzler, 85, passed away Monday, December 14, 2020 at Jerseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jerseyville, Illinois.
He was born on September 17, 1935 in Herman, Nebraska, the only child of Clifford and Evelyn (Andersen) Metzler. Gordon graduated with the class of 1953 from Tekamah High School in Tekamah, Nebraska and served our country honorably with the United States Army, stationed in Germany, from 1953 to 1956. After studies in Kansas City, he joined Lake Central Airlines as a customer service representative.
On September 29, 1957, he married Beverly Sinclair at First Presbyterian Church in Jerseyville. Their 63 years of marriage was blessed with the joys of raising two sons and the excitement of two grandchildren that followed.
Gordon joined Sinclair Food Markets, becoming a co-owner and working along side Norman & Kathryn, Beverly, and Stanley & Shirley, prior to his retirement in 1999. Gordon thoroughly enjoyed the friendships he made through the years serving the community.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Jerseyville for many years as well as Westlake Country Club, where he enjoyed daily rounds of golf and taking nickels and dimes from his golfing buddies. He enjoyed his membership at the JCH Wellness Center and made sure to never miss a day of working out.
His family and friends were the center of his world, and he enjoyed watching his grandchildren compete in their athletic events and traveling with his close knit group of friends.
Surviving are his wife, Beverly; sons, Richard & his partner David York, of Long Beach, California and Scott; grandchildren, Logan & Isabella; brothers in-law and sisters in-law: Stanley & Shirley Sinclair, Jim & Sue Sinclair of Godfrey, Jane & Scott Hilk of Naples, Florida, Mary Kaye & Tim Pohl of Chicago; along with many nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews; cousins, Marty & Barb (Arnold) Kirbach and David & Mary (Wittman) Kirbach, and their children.
Gordon is survived by his Nebraska cousins: Helen (Andersen) Christenson, Virgene (Schmidt) & Ronald Stricklett, Gaye (Schmidt) Moseman, Keith & Pat Andersen, Kaylene (Andersen) & Bruce Krueger.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father in-law and mother in-law, Norman and Kathryn (Stanley) Sinclair; an aunt, Betty (Stanley) Knowles; aunt and uncle, Clem & Virginia (Stanley) Kirbach; uncle and aunt Alfred & Marie Andersen; uncle and aunt Arthur & Edna Andersen; aunt Florence (Andersen) Schmidt Glasner.
A memorial service will take place at a later date when it is safe to gather.
In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church in Jerseyville or to the Activity Department at Jerseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in care of Crawford Funeral Home, 1308 State Highway 109, Jerseyville, IL 62052, who has been entrusted with arrangements.
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