May 30, 1920 — Nov. 26, 2013
Stuart Miles Metzger, longtime Corvallis resident, went to be in the arms of Jesus on Nov. 26, 2013. During the last years of his life he was a resident at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles. The staff there told us that he had a very peaceful passing in his sleep and he was very loved by the people that took care of him. His family extends their thanks to everyone at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in the Delta Wing.
Miles, as everyone knew him, was born in Portland on May 30, 1920, to William Ernest Metzger and Leila Shahan. He had an older sister, Nonabel (Metzger) Bard, and brother, Grant William Metzger. The family moved to California, where they spent time in Fresno, the San Francisco Bay area and the Sierra Nevada mountains. His father helped open the tourist trade in the Sierras and they spent many summers fishing and hiking in the mountains.
Miles went to Palo Alto High School in California and then entered the Navy in 1943. He served in World War II as a second lieutenant in the South Pacific. After the war he returned to Seattle, Wash., and attended the University of Washington, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in architecture. He married the love of his life, Laila Edith Holden, on Aug. 18, 1951. They settled in Mercer Island, Wash., while he worked at the physical plant at the University of Washington. They had three children, Laurie, Linda and Dean. Miles and Laila were wonderful, loving parents. They spent many hours with their children going camping, making arts and crafts, dancing, playing games and sports. We all have fond memories of our father being available, loving, faithful and full of the wonder of God’s world.
In 1962, Miles accepted a job at the physical plant at Oregon State University in Corvallis. He was hired as the campus architect and worked inspecting and coordinating major construction on the campus. He then moved into the Office of Planning and Institutional Research and was a major part of coordinating bids for construction projects at the university. He was the associate director of facilities planning. He also taught a graphic design class at the university, and his students produced some exceptional art pieces during those years. Miles also served on the Campus Planning Committee during his time at OSU, and he was a member of the Madison Avenue Task Force.
During their time in Corvallis, Miles and Laila attended Calvin Presbyterian Church and then Valley Bible Church. Miles surrendered his life to Christ in the early 1970s. His focus was on knowing Christ and his word. His purpose was to love and serve him every day. He developed a love for Bible study and fellowshipping with other believers and had a heart for evangelism. He participated in the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International, spent many years as an elder in his church, and always volunteered his architectural knowledge in any church remodel. Both Miles and Laila enjoyed square dancing and being involved with the Monads Dance Club at OSU. Miles was known as a very good dancer.
Miles retired on Dec. 31, 1985, with Emeritus status as an associate professor. He continued to participate in men’s Bible studies into his 80s, and enjoyed helping at his church. In 2003, Miles and Laila moved to Yakima, Wash., to live near their daughter, Laurie, and her family. They spent five wonderful years there until they decided to move back to Corvallis to live in a retirement apartment at Stoneybrook Lodge. After two years, Miles needed more care because of Alzheimer’s. Beginning in 2010 he was cared for primarily at the Oregon Veterans’ Home, where he resided until his death.
He was well loved by his family, friends and the people he worked with and will be remembered with great love and fond admiration for his quiet, steady, detailed, faithful, persevering commitment to every relationship and responsibility. As his friends would frequently say, “Miles always gave 200 percent!” Truly, he had a servant’s heart.
He is preceded in death by his mother, father, siblings and wife, Laila.
He is survived by his children, Laurie Reid, Linda Long (Kenneth), and Dean Metzger (Susan); his grandchildren; and his great-grandchildren.
A service will be held in the spring or early summer, and a notice will be posted in the paper with information for anyone who wishes to attend. Memorial contributions may be made on Miles’ behalf to The Gideons International.