Bernard (Barney) Metz


December 20, 1946 - August 27, 2016


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).



Wednesday, August 31, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Thursday, September 1, 2016
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Rick Agnitsch on September 4, 2016
My thoughts and prayers to John, and the entire Metz family. My God bless.
Posted by Vicky Bailey on September 1, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Prayers go out to all...
Posted by stan ruff on August 31, 2016
sorry for your loss prayers for all of you in this time of loss loved talking with barney. keep on trucking buddy. he will be missed by all of his many friends. god bless
Posted by Mike and Jane Goldammer on August 31, 2016
Prayers for all of you,, in this time of loss.
Posted by Rick Wenande on August 31, 2016
Have not seen him since the 9th grade, always liked him, a good man, hope we all meet again one day. Good people come from good families, hope you all can be able to relax and move on.
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on August 30, 2016
Thoughts and Prayers to the Metz's family ! So sorry for your loss .
Posted by Vickyhohn@Loren Machovsky on August 30, 2016
Sorry for your loss prayers
Posted by Terry and Cathy Stoltz on August 30, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Barney had a kind soul and will be missed by many. RIP, Barney.
Posted by Lorie Wilson / Betty Stevenson on August 30, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all
Posted by Jackie Christiansen on August 30, 2016
God needs good truck drivers too. You were the best Barney. Rest in heavenly peace
Posted by Bill and Barb Goldammer on August 29, 2016
You all have our deepest sympathy!
Posted by Carroll and Sandra Twedt on August 29, 2016
You have our sincere sympathy. RIP Barney.
Posted by Stacey Schoenfelder on August 29, 2016
Thoughts and prayers with the Metz family
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