Gene was born on Dec. 15, 1932, in Parsons. He attended Catholic school and graduated from Parsons High School. He later moved to Kansas City and graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College. He served as a chiropractor in Ulysses, WaKeeney, Fort Scott and Wichita.
Gene also worked in Las Vegas in security for celebrities. One of his exciting moments was in 1980 when he escorted Muhammad Ali into the ring for a fight with Larry Holmes.
After retiring, Gene moved to Sun Lakes and traveled the U.S. playing softball. He was inducted in 2012 into the Senior Softball Hall of Fame.
Gene was a key member of teams that won five major world or national championships and has been an ambassador for the sport for the better part of the last decade, including promotion in a full-length film that helped launch the sport in Japan. He began playing senior softball in Arizona when he moved to the Phoenix area to retire 23 years ago.
“He not only played, but helped establish the Sun Lakes Senior Softball League and made a name for himself on the national tournament circuit with sharp humor and more than a little skill,” said Terry Hennessy, SSUSA’s CEO, at the time of Gene’s Hall of Fame induction.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Vera; his sons, Tony of Manhattan and Billy of Las Vegas; a daughter, Tammy of Denver; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was March 14 at St. Steven’s Catholic Church in Sun Lakes, Ariz. Mr. Metcalf was cremated with services through the Neptune Society at Phoenix.
The family suggests memorials to Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix.