John A. Metzger, 71, of Carey, passed away Saturday morning, November 19, 2022 in the emergency room at Mercy Health-Tiffin Hospital.
On December 3, 1950, in Tiffin, he was born to Cyril J. “Sonny” and Irene S. (Morse) Metzger. He married Nancie J. (Haugh) Mathias on March 11, 1995.
He is survived by his wife, Nancie of Carey; stepchildren, Dustin (Kisha) Mathias of Tiffin; Andrew Mathias of Bucyrus; Corey (Gracie) Mathias of Texas; Greg (Crystal) Mathias of Bloomville; Renee (Robert) Meyer of Fostoria; a brother, Larry J. (Patricia) Metzger of Carey; sisters, Sandy Zoeller and Sharon (Steve) Kimmet both of New Riegel; 14 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by his parents, brother, James F. Metzger and brother-in-law, John C. Zoeller.
He was a graduate of New Riegel High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1970-1972. He worked at Honeywell in Fostoria for 30 years, later retiring. In 2004, he and his wife purchased the bar in New Riegel and named it Sonny Jack’s after their fathers. After 18 years, they sold it in 2022. John was a member of the New Riegel Moose, American Legion Post 354, New Riegel, UAW 533, Am Vets Post 48, Tiffin, and VFW Tiffin Post 2858. In his early years, John enjoyed traveling and working on the family farm, watching NASCAR, collecting Cushman scooters and classic cars but most of all, he loved his family, especially his grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, November 25, 2022, at 1:00 PM at All Saints Parish, New Riegel with Rev. Gary Walters officiating. Burial will follow in St. Nicholas Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors by the New Riegel American Legion.
A private visitation was held for the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to a local veteran’s group of choice or to the New Riegel EMS.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.