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home : obituaries : obituaries August 24, 2017

7/26/2017 5:00:00 AM
Donald Everett Metzger
Nov. 9, 1917 - July 22, 2017
Donald Metzger
Donald Metzger

Donald Everett Metzger passed away at Miller's Merry Manor in Culver on July 22, 2017, at the age of 99 years and eight months.

He was born in Syracuse on Nov. 9, 1917, the son of David W. and Ella Pha (Woods) Metzger. The family later moved to Goshen and a sister, Mary, was born. Don started school in Goshen, but in 1925, the family moved to Kewanna. There he continued his education, and in high school, played basketball and baseball for four years as well as ran track. After graduation in 1935, he went to work for the Standard Elevator in Kewanna. He helped to build the elevator in Monon, riding there with his father and the other workers. Don continued his baseball-playing on a local team as well as being a sub on teams from Winamac and Logansport. He even played against Ted Williams in a game during WWII. An opportunity to try out for the Chicago White Sox was available, but jobs were hard to get in the Depression, so he passed on the opportunity.

On Oct. 6, 1940, he married the love of his life, Geneva W. Lemmon, at the Methodist church in Kewanna. Five children were born of this union: Karen Sue, Avondale, Pa.; Donald Gene, Rochester; Robert Dale (Rosa), Rochester; Diane Kay, who died after a month of life; and Thomas Dean (Mary Lou), Palatine, Ill. Seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren blessed the lives of Don and Geneva in the 64 years of their marriage. Geneva passed away on May 19, 2005.

In September 1949, Don became the general manager of the Fulton County Farm Bureau Co-Op; and in October, the family moved from Kewanna to Clay Street in Rochester. In 1958, Don purchased 40 acres west of Rochester and later added another 40. The family moved to Goshen when he was hired as general manager of the Elkhart County Farm Bureau Co-Op in June 1962. Don retired after a total of 33 years as a manager and moved back to Rochester, building a house on his 80 acres in 1979. He did work on the house himself after helping Don Woolington's construction company build the frame and roof.

Don served as a member of and later chief of the Kewanna Volunteer Fire Department. He served as a volunteer at the Rochester Elementary School, as a trustee for the Grace Methodist Church and Methodist Church in Goshen, and on the Fulton County Fair Board. He was a volunteer for the Cancer Society and part of the Lions Club and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for 75 years. He had a rare "O" blood type, so he gave blood as often as possible, giving over 8 gallons, and served as a red coat at Woodlawn Hospital. He loved his farm where he raised corn and beans as well as Hereford cattle.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Geneva; and infant daughter Diane. He leaves behind a sister, Mary Renkenberger (Bob); children; Karen; Don; Bob (Rosa); Tom (Mary Lou); seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was the person the family looked to for help and will be greatly missed by all.

His funeral will be on Friday, July 28, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Harrison-Metzger & Rans Funeral Home in Kewanna. Visitation is on Thursday, July 27, 2017, from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home and also an hour before the funeral service on Friday. Burial will be at the Kewanna IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Mount Hope United Methodist Church, 7022 W. 700 N., Culver, IN 46511, or to the Kewanna Alumni Association, care of Robert Clyde, P.O. Box 92, Kewanna, IN 46939. Friends may sign the online guest book or leave a condolence for the Metzger family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.



Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, July 27, 2017
Article comment by: Jill Ditmire

What a rich full life- thoughts and prayers to the entire Metzger family and friends.



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