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DANVERS — Keith L. Metzger, 88, of Danvers, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at 5:15 p.m. Monday (Jan. 12, 2015) at his residence.

His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Carlock Christian Church, Carlock. The Rev. Kathryn Frus will officiate. Military rites will be accorded by Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Private inurnment will be at a later date at East Twin Grove Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Carlock Christian Church, Carlock. Arrangements are being handled by Otto-Argo-Calvert Memorial Home, Carlock.

Keith was born May 18, 1926, in Kappa, the son of Lee W. and Ethel Burger Metzger. He married Grace Lois Bramwell on June 13, 1948, at West Twin Grove Church, Bloomington. She passed away April 12, 2013.

Surviving are four children, Christine (Ned) Mueller, Carlock; Bradford (Susan) Metzger, Flower Mound, Texas; Kari (Thomas) Miller, Tuscon, Ariz.; and Kimberly (Joseph) Maiorello, Palatine; nine grandchildren, Amy Mueller; Tracy (Greg) Pujia; Justin Metzger; Connor and Mackenzie Metzger; Danielle (James) White; Zackari, Jacob and Samuel Keith Miller; four great-grandchildren, Alexandra Grace Mueller, and Lexi, Jaden and Dante Pujia; and one brother, Montel Metzger, Carlock.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one infant sister and two grandchildren, Caitlin and Chase Metzger.

Keith moved to Peoria at an early age, graduated from Peoria Central High School in 1944, and immediately joined the U.S. Navy, where he served two years during World War II and was honorably discharged on July 5, 1946. Keith graduated from Bradley University, Peoria, in 1950. He began his career as an insurance adjuster representing several companies and then retired after 25 years of service with Fireman’s Fund Insurance. He was a former member of the Danvers Masonic Lodge 742 and a member of Normal Lodge 673 and Scottish Rite bodies. Keith was a member of the Carlock Christian Church and served as an elder and chairman of the board. He was mayor of Carlock from 1965-1969.

He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

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