Ardeth Theodore Metier passed away Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at Columbine West Care Center surrounded by loved ones and wonderful caretakers. Ted was born Aug. 16, 1924, to Ardath and Fay Metier in Promise City. He graduated from Spencer High School, the University of South Carolina and the University of Iowa Law School. He served in the U.S. Navy from March 26, 1943, to June 13, 1946, as an aviation radioman and later attended officers' candidate school. He retired in 1992 as an Assistant Attorney General of the state of Iowa.
He met Joyce Rimel at the University of Iowa and married her Sept. 3, 1950. He always referred to her as "my girlfriend" and to himself as "Ol' Ted." They were joined by a son, Tom, in 1954. This summer, Ted and Joyce celebrated 60 years of marriage, love and devotion with a large family reunion.
Ted was a runner, swimmer, gymnast and enjoyed piloting his own plane. He invented and held a patent on the Magnet Visor, designed to keep the sun out of the eyes of short people while driving. Ted liked to work with wood in his workshop and made many useful items for the home. He also made the bell choir cabinet for Christ United Methodist Church.
Music played a large part in Ted's life. He sang in several barbershop quartets: the Four Nubbins (kernels of corn) were very popular and in demand throughout the country. After moving to Fort Collins in 1994, he joined the SOAP troupe at the senior center and sang tenor with the SOAP Tones. He was a charter member of the Spencer Community Theatre and appeared in many of its musical productions. He was active in Kiwanis, Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce and the Spencer YMCA. He helped to organize and build Oakwood Methodist Church in Pleasant Hill.
Ted was very proud of his son and attended all his wrestling matches and school activities. The neighborhood kids always wanted Ted to "come out and play." He loved and enjoyed his many nieces and nephews and they were happy to sing along with him. His grandchildren, Jack and Stacy, were the angels of his eye.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce, his son Tom Metier, daughter-in-law Kathy, all of Fort Collins, Colo., grandchildren Jack (Denver), Stacy (Fort Collins), a brother Dick (Audrey) of Fort Dodge, and a sister Marge Keefe (Robert) of Indianapolis, Ind.
His parents, brother Bill Metier and sister-in-law Liz, preceded him in death.
Memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, Metier Special Music Fund, 301 E. Drake, Fort Collins, Colo. 80525.
Goes Funeral Care and Crematory of Fort Collins, Colo., is in charge of arrangements.