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1933 Joe 2024

Joseph David Metzgar

February 8, 1933 — May 3, 2024

New Franklin

Joseph David Metzgar passed away peacefully on May 3rd 2024, at home with his beloved wife Daphne at his side. Joe was an adored great-grandfather, grandfather, father, and husband during his 91 years of life. We will remember Joe for his loving nature, playfulness and the pride he had for his family. Joe was born on February 8, 1933 in Coldwater, West Virginia to two loving parents, Gail and Mary and two brothers, Jerry and Don. His childhood was an idyllic time in his life, which
he recalled fondly. Joe eventually moved to Akron, Ohio and began his career at BF Goodrich, however in no time at all, he was drafted by the United States Army in 1953. His training would take him to Fort Lee, Virginia in preparation for the Korean War. Following his training, Joe made his way to Brigstock Camp in England where he would complete several certifications. While working on base in 1954 Joe met the love of his life, Daphne Patricia Jefferis. The two were married on February 8, 1955 near Daphne's family home in Warwickshire, England. Soon after their first son David was born and the family relocated to America in Akron, Ohio. Once settled Joe continued his 44 year career at BF Goodrich and became father to three more sons Nicholas, Michael and Christopher. The Family would eventually build a home in Portage Lakes on Catalina Drive and welcome their fifth son Jeffery. Joe was an attentive husband and father, supporting all five sons during their schooling and athletics; most of which included football. Joe was an adamant sports fan, you could always find him watching The Cleveland Browns on a Sunday with his sons, even up until recently. Along with football, Joe was a golf fanatic, so much so that he worked as a ranger at Turkeyfoot Golf Course for 17 years following his retirement from Goodrich in 1995. Golf became his favorite hobby, awarding one of his favorite accomplishments, a hole in one. The Metzgar family continued to grow with daughter in laws and grandchildren. Like fatherhood, grandfatherhood was also one that Joe took great pride in. His grandchildren remember him as a very loving and happy person, who always made them laugh. Many photos of Joe are with his grandchildren while he looks on with such love and pride in his eyes. Joseph is survived and missed by his loving wife Daphne of 69 years; his sons, David, Nicholas (Judy), Michael (Linda), Christopher (Chrissy) and Jeff (Sherry). Forever cherished and remembered by his 16 grandchildren, Joey, Michael, Samantha, Jennifer(Erik). Nicole(Casey), Matthew, Daniel, Nathan, Natalie, Amanda, Heather, Kara, Amber, Sarah, Mike and Matt. In addition, Joe will be greatly missed by his 18 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, and best canine companions Bandit and
Zach.  The family will receive friends 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM Wednesday, May 15th, 2024 at the Adams Mason Funeral Home (791 East Market Street), where a memorial prayer service will immediately follow at 4:30 PM.  Following services a memorial dinner will take place at Turkeyfoot Sportsman Club 4551 Dusty's Road, Akron Ohio 44319.  The family requests no flowers or donations please.  Arrangements entrusted to Adams Mason Funeral Home (330) 535-9186
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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

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