Donald J. Metzger

A Memorial Mass was held Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo for Donald J. Metzger, 54, of Fargo.

Metzger, Donald

Posted on 5/22/14

He died Wednesday, May 14, 2014, from a lengthy battle with cancer, at home under the care of Hospice, surrounded by his loving family and comforted by his wife.

Don was born August 13, 1959, in Langdon, North Dakota, to Leonard and Esther Metzger. He was a 1978 graduate of Langdon High School. He attended Lake Region Junior College, Devils Lake graduating in 1979 earning a welding certificate. He was an employee of Case New Holland for over 30 years. He thoroughly enjoyed his career as a welder and his relationships with his co-workers. On September 29, 2007, he married Renae (Haugen). He often declared how grateful he was that he had found his angel. He was active in Beginning Experience (B.E.) and was a mentor to anyone needing comfort. He was eager to help and in a crisis, one could count on his support. He enjoyed deer hunting and woodworking. Always a prankster, he loved a good joke. He could be counted on to entertain us with a story or a tall tale but he had a serious side, too. His advice was sought after and valued. He loved good food and socializing but his greatest joy came from spending time with his family and especially his granddaughter, Rylie. While facing the debilitating pain from a long-term terminal illness, he taught us a lot about living with dignity and courage. He never complained. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Renae (Haugen); two children, son, Jayson Metzger, Fargo, daughter, Amanda (fiancé Tyler Tronnes) Metzger, Fargo; two step-daughters: Nicole (fiancé Dominick Ruggiero), Norfolk, Va., Sara (Mason) Rector, Queensbury, N.Y.; mother, Esther Metzger, Fargo; five sisters: Rebecca Metzger, Grand Forks, Mary Eddy, Moorhead, Minn., Jan (Larry) Rieck, Durbin, Helen (Don) Borgen, Fargo, Karen Kolbinger, Fargo; one brother, Darrell (Bev) Metzger, Langdon and one grand-daughter, Rylie Tronnes, Fargo and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Leonard Metzger.

Don’s family wishes to thank Hospice of the Red River Valley for their compassion and care during Don’s illness.

Boulger Funeral Home of Fargo was in charge of arrangements.