Thomas Dale Metzger 71, formerly of LeClaire, Iowa, passed away on Sunday November 4th, 2018 at Northwestern Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois after a brief illness.
There will be a family memorial at a later date, and he will be interred at the Rock Island Arsenal Cemetery.
Tom was born March 5th, 1947, son of Anson and Harriett Metzger. He graduated from Bettendorf High School in 1966 and was a left handed pitcher on the Varsity Baseball Team. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and served during the Vietnam War on the Destroyer Escort, USS Cook. While in the Navy, he learned Heating and Air Conditioning. After his discharge, he worked with several companies repairing HVAC systems. He retired after being a Journeyman for 41 years with the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local 15.
Tom loved the outdoors and spent the majority of his time hunting and fishing. Those who knew him well gave him the nickname “Duck”.
Survivors include his siblings; Jim Metzger from California, Anson (Joy) Metzger from Colorado, Kathy (John) Stoltenberg from Bettendorf and Myles (Karen) Metzger from Davenport.
Nieces and Nephews include; Kyle (Angela) Stoltenberg from Bettendorf, Mariah Metzger from Hawaii, Austin Metzger from Colorado, Egan (Autumn) Metzger from Colorado, Ian (Becca) Metzger from Davenport, Rollin Metzger (Jessy Bartosch) from Davenport, Adam Metzger from Davenport and Kelly Metzger who is currently deployed with the Navy.
The family requests that rather than sending flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.
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Linda K Carleton
Tom was a good friend when we were at Cody Elementary School, nice guy and great athlete. Saying RIP is never enough condolence for the families tremendous loss. I pray he is in Heaven already resting in the arms of our awesome God.
So sweet…thank you!
Tom was my father, I never met him just learned his name in my late teens. This was the first time I ever saw a picture of him. I thought someday I might meet him but I guess not. Pretty sad knowing he will never meet his 2 grand children. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this tough time, my deepest condolences.
Thank you for your sweet message. My heart aches for you and your family as well. Please contact me.
Nancy (Treftz) Nelson
Tom was a kind and gentle soul and he touched many lives. I attended Bettendorf High School with him. My sympathy and blessings to all of Tom’s friends and family.