John Joseph. “Jack” Metzer, 88, of Danville PA, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 10, 2023, in Florida. He was born September 17, 1934, in Philadelphia PA the son of the late Joseph and Elma Donovan Metzer.
Jack graduated from Haverton High School in Philadelphia PA. He later graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in business and finance.
He served his country with honor in the United States Army from 1957-1959.
He was preceded in death by his devoted and loving wife of 61 years, Margaret E. “Marge” McKeehen Metzer on September 13, 2019. They were married on June 6, 1958.
While they lived in Cinnaminson NJ, he was a sales representative for 13 years for Ford Motor Company. In 1975, Jack and Marge relocated to Danville PA with their three sons where he began Jack Metzer Ford where he has been known to be a devoted employer where he always put his employees first.
Jack was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Danville PA. His other memberships included the Frosty Valley Country Club and the Danville Area Community Center.
Jack served on the Geisinger Authority Board, The Peace and Social Justice Committee at St. Joseph Catholic Church, and FDAF of the Philadelphia Region where he served as President and a board member for 30 years.
A respected community leader, Jack, alongside his wife, Marge, received the Robert N. Pursel Distinguished Service Award for outstanding community service on November 13, 2004.
Jack was an avid golfer, enjoyed playing racquetball and working around his home. One of his greatest enjoyments in life in his younger years was taking his wife and sons to Honesdale PA to enjoy a week at the farm on Kellows Lake.
He will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, determination, and dedication throughout his life to the community he loved and served so faithfully. His family will remember him as a loving husband as well as a loving, faithful and dedicated father to his sons.
Jack is survived by three sons: Robert Metzer and his wife Roberta of Danville, Tom Metzer of Danville, and David Metzer of Vancouver, BC. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Ian Metzer, Daniel Metzer, and Elizabeth Metzer.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Friday, July 21, 2023, at 2:00 PM at St. Joseph Catholic Church 68 Center Street Danville PA with the Reverend Timothy Marcoe as Celebrant. Friends will be received from 12:00 Noon until 1:45 PM in St. Hubert’s Chapel at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Danville, PA. with full military rites accorded by the American Legion Post 40 Honor Guard and the United States Army Honor Guard.
The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Metzer Family Fund 725 West Front Street, Berwick, PA 18603 or online at www.csgiving.org which will go to local charities.
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 W. Mahoning Street, Danville, PA 17821.