Clifford Anthony Metzger

Born: Tue., Oct. 7, 1930
Died: Sat., Mar. 7, 2020


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Wed., Mar. 11, 2020
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Mar. 11, 2020
Location: Hartman Sons Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Mar. 12, 2020
Location: St. John's United Methodist Church

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Columbus Grove, Ohio

Clifford Anthony Metzger, 89, died March 7, 2020, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.    He was born October 7, 1930, in Gomer to Anthony and Bertha (Ruhlen) Metzger.

On April 9, 1950 , he married Betty B. Barto, and she survives in Bluffton.  Cliff and Betty started dating at the age of 14, and would have celebrated 70 years of marriage next month.

Cliff is survived by one daughter, Linda (Roger) Kruse; eight grandchildren, Elaine (Michael) Kiene, Holly (Brian) Zarse, Natalie (Jason) Jay, Chad (Shari) Metzger, Ryan (Katie) Kruse, Aaron (Audrey) Kruse, Nathan (Becca) Kruse and Justin (Lelah Norris) Kruse; 23 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and one sister, Martha (Leo) Cordonnier.

He was preceded by his son, Greg Metzger and two infant sons, Douglas and Randall.

Cliff was a graduate of Columbus Grove High School, class of 1948.  He was a lifelong farmer and had also been employed at the former Scot Lad Foods, Lima.  He was a member of the Columbus Grove United Methodist Church and the BPOE #54, Lima, where they enjoyed going for special dinners.

He enjoyed golfing and traveling, especially spending winters in Florida.  Cliff always enjoyed going to coffee at Jerry's "The King" Marathon in Columbus Grove, catching up with the village news. He was known to the grand, great grand and great-great grandchildren as "Grandpa Hot Dog" and they always put a smile on his face.

Services will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at St. John's United Methodist Church, Columbus Grove.  Pastor Gary Ginter will officiate with burial to follow in Truro Cemetery, Columbus Grove.

Friends may call from 2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 pm on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bless A Bulldog at Columbus Grove Schools.

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Chris Basinger
   Posted Sun March 08, 2020
Betty and Cliff were long time friends of my parents. Such a great couple and so loving to everyone that crossed their paths. RIP Sweet Cliff and God Bless Betty and Family. Love, Chauncey and Miriam Basinger's Daughter.

Kari and Matt Doty
   Posted Sun March 08, 2020
Dear Metzger Family,
Matt and I are very sorry for your loss. I know your time together to look back fondly over his 89 years will be filled with love.
The Doty Family

Julie and Gary Bair
   Posted Mon March 09, 2020
Holly and Metzger Family, we are sending prayers for peace and comfort during these days of loss and grief. We know our Lord Jesus Christ will hold you close welcomes Grandpa Metzger into eternal peace. Love, Julie and Gary EU

Nancy and Bill Recker
   Posted Tue March 10, 2020
Dear Metzger family and Martha.
Maratha we want to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of your brother. I know when the nurses got to gather the last time you said that you would go to visit Cliff before you would back down to Dayton. We will be thinking of you in your time of loss.
May he RIP.

Beverley Cooper
   Posted Tue March 10, 2020
It was good to know Cliff and have lunch with him at times while John was at the Mennonite Home.
Betty, you always had a smile on your face even when I know times were tuff.
Know that you are all in my prayers and thoughts during this time.
God Bless,

Susan Metzger Huth and Bob Huth
   Posted Fri March 13, 2020
Betty and Linda and family: we are sorry for your loss.

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