Gary B. “Moose” Metag, age 72, of Glencoe, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at his home.
Funeral Service will be held Saturday, September 3, 2022, 11:00 A.M. at Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe, Minnesota with interment at a later date in the Christ Lutheran Church Columbarium.
Visitation will be held Friday, September 2, 2022, from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M., at Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe, Minnesota, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Military Honors by the Glencoe Military Honor Guard.
Gary Bruce “Moose” Metag was born on February 5, 1950, in Hutchinson, Minnesota. He was the son of Lyle and Hazel (Wenz) Metag. Gary was baptized as an infant on April 23, 1950, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hector, Minnesota and later was confirmed in his faith at Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe, Minnesota. He received his education in Glencoe, Minnesota.
Gary enlisted with the United States Army on September 18, 1967, from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He achieved the rank of Specialist Four. Gary was in Vietnam from March 1968 to March 1969, and in Germany from April 1969 to September 1970. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, a Vietnam Campaign Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, two Overseas Bars, an Air Medal, and a Sharpshooter M-14 Badge. Gary was honorably discharged on September 8, 1970.
On August 24, 1974, Gary was united in marriage to Mary Ryan at the Church of St. Pius X in Glencoe, Minnesota. Gary and Mary shared 48 years of marriage. The couple made their home in Glencoe, Minnesota. Gary and Mary’s marriage was blessed with two children, Kelly and Erik.
Gary was an over-the-road truck driver for 10 years and continued driving truck closer to home for many years to follow. He was employed by Mayer Oil of Glencoe, MN, then Robel Transfer of St. Cloud, MN, and Wayne Transports Inc. of Rosemount, MN; he drove for Wayne Transports Inc. until his retirement in 2015. Gary took great pride in driving perfectly shiny, clean semi-trucks and cars. Gary was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe, MN. He was also a member of the Glencoe American Legion. In 1978, he purchased a 1962 Chevy Corvette and spent countless hours working on it. Gary enjoyed relaxing on his patio, frequenting car shows, and assisting his son, Erik, at Glencoe Collision Center, detailing cars. Family was very important to him, and he cherished the fact that family was nearby and that he could spend quality time with them often.
Gary passed away surrounded by his family on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at his home in Glencoe, Minnesota, at the age of 72 years.
Blessed be his memory.
Gary is survived by his:
Wife, Mary Metag of Glencoe, MN;
Children, Kelly Runkle and her husband, Dustin, and their children, Ashley, Lucas, Jaxson, and Tyler, of Mankato, MN, Erik Metag and his wife, Emily, and their children, Dylan, Kate, Mason, and Austin, of Glencoe, MN;
Siblings, Joyce Carrigan and her husband, Curt, Molly Streu and her husband, Tom, Jan Kroeger, Jackie Jensen, and her fiancé, Marc;
Brothers and Sisters-in-law, Vince Ryan and his wife, Anne, Sharon Schwarze and her husband, Kurt, Bill Ryan;
Aunt, Elvira Levens;
Many Nieces, Nephews, Other relatives, and Friends.
Gary was preceded in death by his Father, Lyle Metag; Mother, Hazel Gruenwaldt, and her husband, Alvin; Parents-in-law, Vincent and Viola Ryan; Siblings, Julie Metag, Terry Metag, Larry Metag; Brother-In-Law, Milo Kroeger.
Lori Stumm Turbett says
My deepest sympathies to all the family.
Dale and Judy Flemming says
We sure had some fun times in our youth and you always made life interesting and if I do say so with your 67 Mustang and my 67 GTO we added some excitement to the streets of Glencoe. I will miss you and I am proud to have known you. Rest in Peace Crew Chief from a Grunt that knows what you endured in the skies of Vietnam!
Kathy & Jim Todd says
Mary & Family,
Our sympathy on the loss of your Husband, Dad, and Grandpa. Prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead.
Jeff & Teresa Blake Bailey & late Courtney Dunn says
We miss you & always love you Uncle. What will we do without your silly jokes, and funny antics? Huge hole is so many hearts. But so thankful you are out of pain, and are at peace. Give all hugs up there. I’m sure you and your brothers are in trouble already. Haha, God bless you Uncle.
Duane and Joan Vinkemeier says
So sorry for your loss. Our condolences go out to you Mary and family.
Ozie and Cassandra Adams says
Kelly and family please accept our sincere condolences on the transition of your father. Our prayers of comfort and peace are being made on your behalf to our loving God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Shelly Wolfram says
My deepest condolences to Kelly and her family on the loss of her father. May your memories help you through times of grief now and in the future. My mother shared a love of butterflies and collected $2 bills. Now whenever I see a butterfly or $2 bill, I think of her. May you have your own special recollections.
Diane Christensen says
So Sorry for your loss. Big Hugs
Theresa Wagner says
My sincere condolences.
Theresa Krebsbach/ Wagner
Ron Stuedemann says
While 6 years older than Gary, I ran into him, by chance, in the middle of Vietnam. Not many fun times over there, but spending some some with Gary was a real day brightener sharing Glencoe stories!
Rest In Peace and prayers for his family
Matt and Pam says
To Mary and family, our deepest sympathy to all of you, Take care.
Brad and Bonnie Hahn says
Mary and families,
What a guy!!! We are so sorry for your loss. It’s hard to let go, but he’s better now. May God wrap you all in His Loving Arms and give you extra Peace and Love. He has Gary there telling Him to squeeze his family hard. Remember him for the guy he was as we will too. Especially that smile!
Brad and Bonnie Hahn
Barb/Doug Portele says
Mary and Family, We are so sad to learn of Moose’s passing. He was a funny guy and friend.
Chuck Randt says
So sorry for your help Mary and family. Had some good memories with Moose. Between motorcycles and cars and a few crazy nights at Plato we had a good time. I will miss you and I’m happy to have been able to call you my friend.
Chuck Randt says
That should be so sorry for your loss Mary.
Duane Flemming says
Remembering the fun times we had in our younger days was great. Rest in peace good buddy.
Bonnie Fruetel says
So sorry for your loss Mary and family!!!
Jason schulte says
Sorry to here about Gary he is my mom’s cousin Jason schulte
Theresa Wroge says
Deepest sympathies to you Mary and the family. Sending lots of hugs.
Keith and Judy Peik says
Our sympathy go you Mary and your family. May Gary rest in peace and hugs to you Mary for strength and comfort.
Linda Gerholz says
Mary & Family
We send our deepest sympathy for you and your family.
We didn’t get a chance to know Gary but, have heard stories from you during our visits.
Please take care of yourself
With all our love and hugs
Randy and Linda Gerholz
Jillaine Mackenthun says
My condolences to the Metag family.
Randy J Schiro says
So sorry for your loss Mary
Helen Schrupp says
Mary and family,
I’m so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. May you feel God’s peace surround you. Keeping you in my prayers.
Art & Diane Templin says
So sorry to hear of your loss. We may not be there in person but you are certainly in our hearts and prayer.