Thomas G. "T" Metes, 84, of Frankfort, passed away April 25, 2017 at Paul Oliver Hospital. He was born Feb. 4, 1933 in Battle Creek to the late Gust and Mary Metes.
He was a loving husband of over 59 years to Yvonne, who survives him. He was an amazing father to his three daughters, Connie Miller, Merritt (Dan) Galla and Andrea (Mark) Wilamowski; and son, Richard Gress. He was a proud grandfather of Cortney Miller-Lamb, Geoff Miller, Kyle Metes-Randolph, Stewart Gress and Sammy Gress; and was a great "Papou"to Brayson, Griffin and Quinn Lamb. He is also survived by his sister, Sophia; nieces and nephew, Kathy, Kerri and Ted; and many great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his sister, Catherine; his father and mother-in-law, Ray and Marian Holmes; and his brothers-in-law, Chuck Paginini and Jerry Beadle.
Tom was a longtime resident of Frankfort, where he lived since leaving his childhood home town of Battle Creek.
He graduated from Battle Creek Central High School and went into the U.S. Air Force, serving his country during the Korean War.
He worked as a logistics executive for the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek and at Graceland Fruit in Frankfort. His restaurant and sporting goods store, Metes' Northwood Sports Center, was a local hot spot and he loved being there to meet and talk to everyone and to hear their stories as they devoured his famous chili and burgers! After he "retired," he started his own commercial lawn care business and spent most of his mornings at the family coffeehouse, Java 429, that he operated with his wife.
Tom had a passion for baseball. He played for the Air Force and was drafted by the Cleveland Indians as an outfielder. His baseball career ended after he broke his collarbone going back to catch a fly ball in center field, hitting the scoreboard wall. He always remembered to tell people, "I still caught that ball and we won that game!" He was an avid lifelong Detroit Tiger fan and enjoyed trading barbs over the Yankees with his dad and his grandson, Geoff.
Tom truly was the head of his close Greek family and insisted on maintaining Greek traditions.
He was an amazing man who was deeply loved and will be missed by so many.
A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frankfort. A memorial and celebration of life service will follow at 11 a.m. with a luncheon directly following.
Arrangements are by Jowett Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Service.
Published on April 29, 2017