Daniel C. Metzger

May 23, 1943 ‒ October 31, 2016

Mount Gilead, Ohio
Formerly of Marengo, Ohio

Daniel C. Metzger, age 73, of Mount Gilead, died unexpectedly Monday morning, October 31, 2016, of a broken heart, being reunited with his wife of 47 years who passed just over three months ago.

On May 23, 1943, Dan was born in Sunbury, Ohio, one of four children of the late Charles and Bernice (Saunders) Metzger.

Dan married the love of his life, Jean M. Detwiler, on August 14, 1969 in Front Royal, VA.  They celebrated their 47th anniversary of a truly enjoyable and loving relationship they shared together.  Thankfully she had a great sense of humor to keep up with Dan, including their morning ritual of flipping each other off, which to them meant “good morning, I love you.”  She preceded him in death on August 17, 2016.

Dan enjoyed working on the open road as a truck driver for Worthington Steel for fourteen years, and Oberfield’s in Delaware and Sunbury for fourteen years.  He was formerly a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles of Sunbury.

To say Dan had a love for fishing would be quite the understatement, a love he inherited from his father.  Dan and Jean would go to the Knox Lake, where he would fish all night long and Jean would fish until she was too tired, crawling into their Ford Ranger with a camper to sleep.  They cherished their time by the lake and cooking over an open flame.  Together they also always cheered on the Ohio State Buckeye football team and could not get enough WWE Wrestling.

You could use a lot of words to describe Dan…a jokester, ornery, cantankerous, and on and on.  He was always telling jokes, and his big laugh with a wade full of chew was contagious.  He also loved to tell stories, and share the many stories of the fulfilling life he and Jean enjoyed.

Family was near and dear to Dan’s heart.  He loved spending time with them and he was especially fond of getting to meet their first great grandchild, Bralee.

Dan will be dearly missed by his two daughters: Tamara Metzger of Mount Gilead, Tonya (Josh) Stockberger of Gambier; “adopted” son, Roger Ulrey of Las Vegas, NV; four grandchildren: Danielle Monroe, Kelsi (fiancé Josh Coil) Moss, Cody Fisher, Trinity Stockberger; one great grandchild, Bralee Jean Coil; two brothers: Dale Metzger of Mount Vernon, and Darrell Metzger of Cambridge; a sister, Diane Harris of Lakeland, FL; numerous nieces and nephews; and their two family dogs: Charlie and Angel.

Dan’s family will greet friends from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. on Friday, November 4, 2016, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Services to honor and celebrate his life will also be held there at 11 a.m., with Celebrant Mark Schuring officiating.  Burial will follow in Fulton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Central Ohio Chapter, 2215 Citygate Drive, Suite A, Columbus, OH 43219.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Dan’s family, and your special memories or condolences can be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • I met Danny on my father-in-laws farm in the early sixties after I had married his cousin Linda. He always seemed to me a person full of life and a friendly person to know. His brother Dale took my wife Linda and her sister Anita to visit him a few week ago. They were very fond on him and we will all miss him.

  • I want to express my Most Sincere Sympathy for Danny and his family. When he was a young man, he loved to make people laugh.

    Ruby (Comstock) Nettelhorst

  • Sincere condolences to you the family of Dannie. I know he did leave this world to join with Jean and that he truly did die of a broken heart. He loved you , his daughters and the grand children but his life really left here on the earth when Jean passed away. You all will have the good memories of DAD and Grand father, Cherish those, Prayers and thoughts during this sad time for you. Linda Heimlich

  • I am very sorry to hear of your loss. The lost of a loved one grieves the heart and words are never enough to take away the pain. However, our Heavenly Father knows your grief. As a loving and caring Father, He will be there to comfort and sooth your “broken-heart and crushed spirit”. ( Psalm 34:18 ). May you find comfort and hope in God’s promise of a day when you will reunite with your loved one again. ( Isaiah 26:19 ). My sincere condolences to the family.

  • I worked with Dannie for 8 years at Oberfields he was a good friend and a great guy. So sorry to hear this.

  • Dan truly died of a broken heart. He loved Jean so much. They were a fun couple and we loved spending time with them. There was never a dull moment. I know they both are sharing a spot in your hearts. May God give you peace.