Allen Leroy Metzger (81) of Fremont, IN, passed away on February 24, 2018 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born on November 6, 1936 in Noble Township, Branch County, Michigan to Walter and Lola (Good) Metzger. He started school in Bremen, Indiana, but attended Bronson Community Schools for most of his education. .Allen enlisted in the US Navy in 1955.
In 1957, he married Joanne Blair and together they had 3 sons. (This marriage ended in divorce.) In 1963, he married Laura Irwin who died in 1996. In 1998, he married Roberta Ritchie. She died in 2013. In May, 2013, he married Diana Lomax, who survives.
As the oldest son growing up on the farm, Allen helped with chores and farm work. He enjoyed outdoor activities: football in high school, fishing, hunting, etc. In later years, he especially enjoyed spending time on the lake—boating and fishing, as long as he was able. He had numerous jobs over the years; however, Allen considered his primary occupation to be an over the road truck driver. Allen was a member of Jamestown Church and had served on the church board and as head trustee for a number of years.
Allen is survived by his wife Diana; 2 sons--John of Princeton, IL and James of Butler, IN;
—2 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; 4 brothers—Gail (Mary) of Bronson, Marshall (Betty) of Ottawa, Ohio, Paul (Marsha) of Coldwater and Dwight of Bronson; 7 sisters—Doris Miller of Coldwater, Marilyn Metzger of Bronson, Wanda (Bob) DeBolt of Coldwater, Melva Nichols of Bronson, Shirley (Curtis) Harris of Bellevue, MI, Vera (Ed) Hanley of New Galilee, PA, and Esther Rinehart of Bronson; many nephews , nieces, cousins; stepchildren raised in his home—Mike, Almeda, Judy, Brenda and several other stepchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Allen, 2 wives and stepdaughter, Lou Ann.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service is scheduled for March 10 at 11 a.m. at the Pleasant Hill Missionary Church, Bronson, MI. Allen’s brother, Paul will officiate.
A luncheon will follow the service. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Allen’s life.