Donald Metzger

donald metzger

Donald J. Metzger, 54, passed away 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. Don was a 1978 graduate of Langdon High School. He attended Lake Region Junior College, Devils Lake, ND, 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, Don married Renae (Haugen). He often declared how grateful he was that he had found his angel.

Don 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 Don’s support.

Don enjoyed deer hunting and woodworking. Always a prankster, Don 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.

Don loved good food and socializing but his greatest joy came from spending time with his family and especially his grand-daughter, 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. Don will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his father Leonard Metzger.

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

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

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  1. Fargo ND
    Renae and family,
    We are saddened to hear of Don’s passing. Our deepest condolences to you all. He was a wonderful person and will be missed by all.
    Sorry we won’t be able to make the services as we will be out of town.
    Pam and Jeff

  2. Moorhead MN
    Wishing the Donald Metzger family peace and know that God love shines today as the sun shines today.

  3. Renae, Jayson, Amanda, Rylie, Nicole and Sarah, and the Metzger family:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Don was very special and I am a better person for having known him. Blessed be the memory of Don Metzger. Lifting you all up in prayer!

  4. langdon n dsorry to hear of donny .he did alot of suffering.may he enjoy happines with his dad.sorry we cant be there as its a busy time of year here with seeding
    thinking of all donnys familyat such a sad loss

  5. La Crosse WisconsinDon was a classmate of mine in high school. So sorry to hear of your loss! I will be praying for each of you as you go through this difficult time.

  6. Fargo ND
    My prayers and sympathy are with you at this time of your loss. May you have peace knowing that Don is now in the eternal embrace of our loving God.

  7. Don was a wonderful person. I am blessed to have met him (through BE) and become a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Renae and his family.

  8. Fargo ND
    Amanda, Tyler, and Rylie, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I want you to know I am thinking of you and will pray for all of you for God to carry you during this sad time.
    Stacey Nelson

  9. Grand Forks ND
    Our deepest sympathies to all of Don’s family. May he rest in the peace of Christ, and may we all learn to suffer well as we follow Don’s example.

    I have many memories of riding on the school bus and getting stuck in the Metzger yard (much joy because it was fun to be late to school). Also many happy memories of church, processions, CCD classes, and much more with Don and Darrell.

    God’s peace and comfort to all of you,


  10. Grand Forks N.D
    .Our deepest sympathy to the entire Metzger family. Don was a true friend and great guy. May his memory live on and may he now rest in the loving arms of god. God’s blessings to all of you. Joe and Marcie LaPorte

  11. Virginia Beach Va.Renae,

    We would like to express our condolences to you and your family.

    We were happy to be able to spend time with Don, you and the Haugen family, 2 years ago while traveling with our motorcycle group.

    As time passes and you reflect, we hope the memories you and Don made together, brings a smile to your face.

    Thinking of you and sending our thoughts and prayers.

    Priscilla & Tony

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