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robert f. mette

Aug. 5, 1922 - Oct. 4, 2012

EDWARDSBURG, Mich. — Robert F. Mette, 90, of Edwardsburg, passed to his rest Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, in Grand Rapids, where he and his wife were living near his son.

Bob was born Aug. 5, 1922, in Iron Mountain, the third of five children born to Walter and Welmet Mette. He was a middle child with two older brothers and two younger sisters.

At the age of 1, the family moved to Kingsford in the Upper Peninsula, near the Wisconsin border.

Bob attended E.G. Kingsford High School, graduating in 1940. In the fall of 1940 he traveled downstate to attend Western Michigan College at Kalamazoo. His education was interrupted by World War II, when he was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1943.

He spent 37 months in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant in the infantry and anti-aircraft units.

After the war, he served six months in Korea as a military policeman. In March of 1946, he was honorably discharged as a non-commissioned officer.

In the fall of 1946 he resumed his studies at WMC, graduating in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education.

In the fall of 1948 his teaching career started in Edwardsburg. Along with classroom teaching, he also coached baseball, basketball, sponsored student council and was a class adviser. He spent nine years in this position.

On Aug. 5, 1949, Robert was married to Mildred in Royal Oaks.

They were blessed with three sons, John, Robert and David. The sons’ families are John (Lisa) Mette, Robert C. (Kim) Mette and David (Lisa) Mette and six wonderful grandchildren, John (Amanda) Mette, Erin Mette, Michael Mette, Lindsey Mette, Samantha Mette and Steven Mette. Also, a loving great-grandson, Landon John Mette.

Bob completed his master’s degree from Western Michigan University in the spring of 1957 and was offered the position as assistant superintendent, which placed him in charge of transportation and principal of the elementary school building. This consisted of Kindergarten through sixth grade and school bus operations.

This position continued for several years and as enrollment was rapidly increasing, the school board hired a principal for New Eagle Lake Elementary and a full-time transportation director. Robert continued as the Edwardsburg Elementary principal for another 16 years.

The last three years of his career at Edwardsburg were spent in the high school: one year as assistant principal and two years as principal.

He retired on June 30, 1985, with a total of 37 years in the Edwardsburg School District.

Robert has belonged to various organizations in the community, including American Legion, Masonic Lodge, Lions Club and Golden Agers, Historical Museum. He served on the Village of Edwardsburg council, was a Cub Scout leader and a member of the Cass County Library Board for 48 years.

He was an active member of Edwardsburg Presbyterian Church since 1953 and has served as elder and deacon.

In honor of Robert F. Mette’s long service to the school district, family and friends are invited to gather from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in the atrium of the performing arts building on the campus of Edwardsburg Public Schools, 69410 Section St., Edwardsburg, where the family will receive his friends and fellow students.

Visitation is one hour prior to the 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, service of remembrance at Edwardsburg Presbyterian Church, 68961 Lake St., Edwardsburg. Officiating will be the Rev. Scott Scheel, pastor.

Burial will follow in Edwardsburg Cemetery with graveside military rites, including taps and folding of the flag, by the U.S. Honor Guard.

Arrangements are by Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, Edwardsburg.

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