Born on August 11, 1923 at Gnadenhutten, he was the son of the late Oscar and Bessie (Nussbaum) Metzger.
In 1942, John graduated from Gnadenhutten High School. John was a WWII Navy Veteran having served from 4-29-1943 to 3-9-1946, on the USS Finnegan and USS Jeffers. He was a Radarman Third Class and finished as a Petty Officer Third Class. He received the Victory Medal, American Area Asiatic- Pacific 3 Stars and the Philippine Liberation Medal. On June 21, 1952 at the First Christian Church in Uhrichsville, John married Marjorie L. (Hines) Metzger. She preceded him in death on February 22, 2012. John was a machinist and welder at Warner-Swasey/Gradall until his retirement in 1985.
He was a member of the Gnadenhutten United Methodist Church, he attended Pittsburgh Art Institute, was a Boy Scout Leader, a bus driver for Gnadenhutten Schools and a member of the Moose Lodge.
John is survived by his children John Elmer (Dee) Metzger II of Uhrichsville, Molly Jeen (Paul) Tevis of Wintersville and James Douglas (Brenda) Metzger of Dennison; his siblings Wanda (Brian) Whitmer of Maumee, Zelda Hill of Collinwood, Tennessee and Shirley (Robert) Milburn of Ashland; his grandchildren Abigail (Brent) Kuwatch, Lindsey (Adam) Kovacs, Ashley and Emily Tevis, Audrey, James and Joshua Metzger; great grandchildren Lauren and Grant Kuwatch.
In addition to his parents and wife Marjorie, John is preceded in death by a son Thomas Wesley Metzger and his siblings Florence Woodruff, Virginia Metzger, Emma Desigo, William, Robert and James Metzger.
Funeral services for John will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, January 4, 2013 at the Gnadenhutten United Methodist Church will the Pastor Gregg Kelly officiating. Burial will follow at the Gnadenhutten Cemetery.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at the Uhrich-Hostettler English Funeral Home, Inc. at Uhrichsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Metzger/Sanders Library Fund @ Gnadenhutten United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 37, Gnadenhutten, O., 44629.
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