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Funeral services will take place on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM (Mountain).

United Methodist Church
Wall, South Dakota

Wall Cemetery
Wall, South Dakota
Visitation will be held 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at the United Methodist Church in Wall.



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In memory of

Stan Mettler

of Rapid City formerly of Wall, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the Westhills Village in Rapid City at the age of 84

Stan Mettler was born to Gust and Martha (Opp) Mettler at the family farm in McPherson County, near Eureka, South Dakota on April 7, 1934. Stan served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1953-1955, and was united in marriage to Alice Heiser on February 22, 1957, in Herreid, South Dakota. Stan and Alice had two children, Stewart and Tina.

Stan’s immense love of retail business was evident throughout his life. While living in Bowdle, South Dakota, he was employed at the Red Owl store. After a move to Rapid City, in 1958, he became Produce Manager at the west-side and east-side Safeway stores, and also co-owned Laughlin Cleaners. Stan and Alice purchased the Jack & Jill Store on Main Street in Wall, in 1968, and several years later built Stan’s Jack & Jill on South Boulevard. In 1978 they sold the grocery store and purchased Wall Trading Post on Main Street, later building the Buffalo Gift Shop.

Along with retail business, he loved the New York Yankees, and Thoroughbred horse racing. A passion for the ponies won him numerous horse racing awards in Arizona, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Minnesota, Kentucky, Louisiana, California, and Illinois. Stan loved America and his family, and was very proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Stan was a member of the Wall United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of the American Legion Post, Western South Dakota Buckaroos and Wall Medical Board. He also coached softball for the Wall Drive Inn Softball Team.

He is survived by his wife, Alice of Rapid City, son Stewart (Rhonda) Mettler of Wall, South Dakota, and daughter Tina (Calvin) Carstensen of Lusk, Wyoming; four grandchildren - Emily Carstensen of Rapid City, Kate LaRue of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Benjamin Carstensen of Casper, Wyoming, and Charlsie Mettler of Wall; four great-grandchildren; three sisters - Ramona Jackels, Carol Jung, and Vera Mettler; five brothers - Merle Mettler, Fred Mettler, Richard Mettler, Van Mettler, and Blake Mettler; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Marlene Skie and brother Dwight Mettler.

A memorial is established to the Westhills Village Foundation.

Visitation will be held 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at the United Methodist Church in Wall.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Monday, March 11, at the United Methodist Church in Wall with Dave Olson and Pastor Russell Masartis officiating.

Interment with military honors will be at the Wall Cemetery.

VISITATION
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 2-4 p.m.
United Methodist Church
Wall, South Dakota

FUNERAL SERVICE
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 10:00 a.m.
United Methodist Church
Wall, South Dakota

OFFICIATING
Dave Olson
Pastor Russell Masartis

MUSIC
Arla Olson - Pianist
Paige Cordes - Vocalist
“Go Rest High on That Mountain”
“How Great Thou Art”
Congregational Hymn
“The Old Rugged Cross”

USHERS
Wayne Davis - Gwen Davis - Troy Shultz - Gina Shultz

PALLBEARERS
Stan Anderson - Teri Anderson - Alvin Crown - Donna Crown
Rob Feller - Carrie Feller - Tanner Handcock - Kim Handcock

HONORARY PALLBEARERS
All Relatives and Friends in Attendance

INTERMENT WITH MILITARY HONORS
Wall Cemetery
Wall, South Dakota

  • Stewart, and Tina, I was so sad to hear about your Dad. I always loved his smile. ~ Jill Moore Zenisek Douglas, Wyoming (3/14/2019)
  • Alice Stuart and Tina, So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have very fond memories of Stan when I worked with him. He was such an upbeat person. He will be missed. ~ Lori Brown Strobel Sioux Falls SD (3/11/2019)
  • So very sorry for your loss ~ Lora (Kaul) Heinrich Box Elder, SD (3/11/2019)
  • Sorry for your loss, He was always great to talk to when I was Law Enforcement in Wall. Our thoughts and prayers are with your families. ~ Daniel and Deb Eberly New Underwood, SD (3/11/2019)
  • Dear Alice and family. WE are so sorry to hear about Stan's passing. Rest assured that he and Dad are up there talking about old times and Beano Program! We are keeping you in our thoughts at this time.
    Sincerely, Jana and Scott Jones
    ~ Jana and Scott Jones Midland, SD (3/11/2019)
  • I'm so sorry for your loss. We all loved Stan. He was a great man and always lots of FUN. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. Johnny B ~ Johnny Brockelsby Rapid City (3/10/2019)
  • My condolences to the entire Mettler family. Stan was a great man and a great cousin. I am glad to have known him. ~ Lance Mettler Castle Pines, CO (3/10/2019)
  • Stewart and family,
    My Deepest Sympathy. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
    ~ Fawna (Geigle) Goff Sturgis, SD (3/10/2019)
  • Sorry for your loss, our prayers are with your family. ~ Kari and Kendall Kjerstad Grand Junction CO (3/9/2019)
  • So sorry for your loss. ~ Candy Vilhauer Sturgis (3/8/2019)
  • We want to extend our deepest condolences on the passing of a great man. I will forever treasure the great times we had with Stan. He would come and help us when we were on the farm and would work like he had been there all of his life. He and Alice were 2 of my favorite bosses and we had a good time working together. Stan was a great friend and we are honored to have had him in our lives.
    Sending our love and prayers for your entire family.
    ~ Tom and Kamie Carmichael Oakland, Nebraska (3/8/2019)
  • WY ~ Susan Lang Lusk (3/8/2019)
  • ~ John Friske Rapid City, SD (3/8/2019)
  • Sorry for your loss. ~ Willy and Sue Wilcox Lusk, Wyoming (3/8/2019)
  • We were both so sorry for your loss. Death is truly an enemy as the Bible says. However, we have a great hope from God in the resurrection. Know our thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Diane and Donna Mahnke Lusk, Wyoming (3/8/2019)
  • So sorry for the loss of your father & grandpa ~ Ronda Hamann Wall,SD (3/8/2019)
  • Alice, Stewart, Tina and families Sorry to hear of your loss. Stan was a very nice man. He always had a smile whenever you greeted him and always took time to visit with you. He was a good mentor to the young adults in our community of Wall. God Bless You he is always with us everywhere. RIP my friend See you later. Van ~ Van & Cathy Simpfenderfer Wall, SD (3/8/2019)
  • I am so sorry for your loss. Stan was a great man! ~ Mindy Haerer Summerset SD (3/8/2019)
  • So sorry for your loss, Stan was a great man. Thoughts and prayers to your family. ~ Dan Hilgenkamp Wall (3/7/2019)
  • My sympathy with you all on the passing of Stan. He was a main street business fixture for as long as I can remember. ~ Lea Willuweit Ymker Armour SD (3/7/2019)
  • Our hearts and prayers go out to your family during this time. Stan was so outgoing and true mentor to all young business entrepreneurs! May God be your strength and comfort in the days ahead! ~ Judith & Paul Goldhammer Wall, S D (3/7/2019)
  • So sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family. ~ Regina and Dean Hinzman Wall, SD (3/7/2019)
  • Our sympathy to Alice and family. Stan was a great man and boss. Kenneth worked for them at the Jack and Jill when we were first married and I worked for them at the Trading Post. Great people and I know Stan will be missed by many. ~ Janet And Keneth Lurz Wall (3/7/2019)