Floyd Raford Mette passed in peace at the age of 86. He went to be with his Lord and Savior, May 2, 2019.
Floyd was born in Palmyra, Mo. to Raymond J. Mette and Anna Kuntemeyer Mette Aug. 26, 1932.
Floyd will be missed by many who enjoyed his quick humor and genuine, kind heartedness.
He graduated from Palmyra High School in 1950, where he met his devoted wife, Carolyn E. Howell, who he married Sept. 6, 1953. Carolyn stood faithfully by his side through 65 years of marriage and his long courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease, with much compassion and love.
To the marriage, two daughters were born, Cynthia Sue and Sharon Lynn. Floyd was a loving father, proud grandfather and great-grandfather.
Floyd was a lifelong grain and livestock farmer, designating the family farm “The Sue-Lynn Farms.” He was conscientious in raising registered Polled Shorthorn cattle for breeding and showing purposes. Floyd was driven with the vision to improve the registered Polled Shorthorns genetics through selective breeding of seed stock.
He served on committees that founded the Performance Tested Bull Sales in Palmyra, Mo. He also participated and sold bulls in the University of Missouri Performance Tested Bull Sales. In 1978 Floyd received the Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Award for his leadership and dedication to the genetic improvement of beef cattle. He also received many grand champions and other various awards at local county and state fairs for the cattle that he had raised.
Floyd gave back to the community and younger generations as a 4-H leader as he enjoyed mentoring 4-H youth who were getting started in the farming profession.
After retiring from farm life, he moved with Carolyn to Lake Jackson, Texas to be near his family. There he also worked with his daughter, Sharon, at her co-founded company, Skyline Technologies, LLC, where he was known as ‘Pops’.
While living in Lake Jackson, Floyd continued to support youth in 4-H and FFA by sponsoring calves for the calf scramble at the Brazoria County Fair. He thoroughly enjoyed receiving and reading the letters from the winners.
He was a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church in Palmyra and St. Mark’s Lutheran in Lake Jackson, Texas.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Mette; children, Cindy Gross (Edgar Massey), Sharon (Kevin) Todd; grandchildren, Kimberly (John) Shaw, Kelly Todd, Ray (Megan) Gross; and great-grandsons, Frank and Theodore Shaw. Further survivors are in-laws, John and Joan Howell, Maxine Redd; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and dear friends.
Funeral service were held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Lake Jackson, Texas on Monday, May 6.
Pallbearers were Kevin Todd, John Shaw, John Howell, Dean Redd, Ray Gross and Edgar Massey.
Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Schluckebier and Franklin Tuley.
Memorials can be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Lake Jackson, Texas; Zion Lutheran Church, Palmyra, Mo. or Wounded Veterans.
The family would like to extend genuine thank you for the compassionate care taken of our loved one to the Revered Texan, A-Med Hospice and The Gathering Place.