Bernard A. (Barney) Metz was born December 20th 1946 on the farm near Alexandria, SD to Clarence “Tony” and Nina Josephine (Benson) Metz. He attended rural school through the 8th grade and helped on the farm until drafted into the Army in January 1967. He returned to the farm after a short stint in the Army and helped with the farm.
He began his career in construction with John Hildebrand of Fulton who taught him how to master Cats and Scrappers. He continued doing construction and spent most of his life in places that included Wyoming, California, Kansas and the east coast building roads, dams and nuclear plants.
After the death of his brother Ed, he returned to Mitchell in 1989 and took up the job of hauling Trail King Trailers to California for over 20 years. He also enjoyed farming and at one time had a prized herd of registered cattle and bulls.
Barney always enjoyed visiting and joking with family and friends. He had an endless supply of jokes and stories which he punctuated with the rolling of his eyes, wiggling of his ears and funny facial expressions. He loved talking construction, farming, trucking and of course having fun.
He is survived by two brothers: Carl (Janet) and John (Joyce) of Mitchell; five sisters: Mary Borszich, Grand Junction, CO, Christina Gardner, Portland, OR, Margaret Johnson, Mitchell SD, Carolyn Stevenson, Mitchell SD, and Kitty (Richard) Lund of Portland, OR, and numerous nieces, nephews and a sister-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Clarence “Ed” (1989), Francis “Frank” (2014), and one sister, Helen “Dolly” (2008).