HAMILTON - Rubin "Cal" Mettler-Chase, 64, of Hamilton, passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, at the Marcus Daly Hospice and Palliative Care Center. He was born March 19, 1944, to Ruth Mettler, who died during childbirth. Cal was raised by his grandmother, aunts and uncles.
Cal served three years in the Army and was honorably discharged in 1965.
He married Darlene Habovstak in 1965. Cal and Darlene had two children, Kim and Calvin.
In 1996, with the help of Kim, Cal met his father Elijah (Mato Genakisa) Chase. Cal is named Fighting Bear (Mato Genakisa) in his memory. Cal cherished his Native American heritage.
Throughout his life, Cal had careers as a welder-fabricator, trailer mechanic, and structural mechanic at Boeing in Seattle.
He was known for his abilities to fix or make anything that would get the job done. Cal was known for his hard, honest skilled labor. This pride in a job well done was second only to his pride in being self-taught in all areas of expertise, from welding, computers at Boeing and all areas of woodwork. Cal and Darlene retired to Hamilton in 1999.
Cal was preceded in death by his mother, father, grandmother, brothers and sisters. He leaves behind his beautiful bride of 43 years, Darlene; daughter Kim and son Calvin; sister Rindy; and close friends Don and Vivian Hill.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Daly-Leach Chapel. Burial with full military honors provided by the Army National Guard, the Hamilton American Legion and the Marine Corps League - Bitterroot Detachment will follow the chapel services at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton.
Cal will be greatly missed but never forgotten.