James M. Metzler, Army, missionary, RR retiree

By on October 9, 2013

James M. Metzler (Jimbo), 78, of Stevens, formerly of Lititz, went home to be with his personal Lord and Savior Monday, Sept. 30, 2013.

Born in Shade Gap, Jimbo was the youngest son of James N. and Mary (Roddy) Metzler. He graduated in 1953 from Orbisonia High School and proudly served in the United States Army and the United States Army Reserves. Jim was employed for approximately 34 years with Reading/Conrail Railroad. During his retirement, he worked for the Lititz Springs Park and operated a lawn mowing and handyman service.

Jimbo was a member of Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church in Lititz. He lived a life that reflected Christ’s love for others. In the past, Jim served as a Sunday school teacher and was involved with the youth group, and various missions. He dedicated numerous summers volunteering as a "red shirt" with Reach Workcamps, a hands on workcamp that is dedicated to empowering teens to make a difference through the restoration of homes and opening the opportunity up for sharing Christ through that service. It was this passion for Reach that he shared with his grandsons who later were proud to be able to volunteer with him. He also spent time serving Christ with YWAM in Haiti and Mexico and through other missions in Guatemala, Alaska, Africa, and Trinidad.

Family will forever lovingly remember him wearing his flannel shirt and hat, his love of hunting, and the pride on his face as he watched his children and grandchildren bag their first deer. He also enjoyed playing cards with friends, attending auctions, fishing and repairing lawn mowers.

He leaves behind the love of his life, Barbara A. (States) with whom he celebrated 54 years of marriage on Jan. 17. Together they were blessed with two sons: James D., married to Valerie (Rabold) of Lititz; Jeffrey A., married to Bobbie (Dissinger), of Morgantown; five grandsons: Joshua, married to Melissa (Means) of East Earl; James T. (JT); Zachary; Caleb; Jacob and one great-granddaughter: Adilynn. In addition, a sister survives him, Elizabeth, married to John Parson of Chambersburg. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Metzler.

A celebration of his life was held Oct. 5 at Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, Lititz. Interment was at the Trinity E.C. Cemetery on Bomberger Road, Lititz.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that a contribution be made in Jimbo’s memory to Reach Workcamps, P.O. Box 789, Galeton, CO 80622.

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