Ralph Metzger, 95

Ralph Metzger, 95, passed away on Monday, April 26, 2010.

Ralph was born on June 4, 1914, to George and Bertha (nee Backhaus) Metzger. Ralph married the late Florence (nee Oetlinger) on Sept. 1, 1938. The couple enjoyed fishing up north with Millie and Marv. Ralph was proud to be an employee at Amity Leather for over 35 years and then for Russ Darrow for 30 years before retiring at the age of 92. Ralph loved playing cards, especially sheepshead. Ralph enjoyed spending time with his great-grandchildren and going out on fish fries with family. Lifetime member of the Moose Lodge No. 1398 of West Bend.

Ralph is survived by his sons, Richard (Margaret) and Kenneth Metzger, grandchildren Vicki (Mike) Spray, Debra (Ann Reinders) Metzger, Robert Metzger and Ricky (fiance, Sava) Metzger; greatg r a n d ch i l d re n , Braedon and Taylor Metzger; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Florence; brother, Edward; and sister, Sylva Savic.

A funeral service for Ralph will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2010, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel of West Bend with the Rev. David Schoob presiding. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service. Burial to follow at Washington County Memorial Park.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. www.phillipfuneralhome.com.

A special thank you to the staff at Interfaith Caregivers of West Bend, neighbors Dee Whalen and Curt Riechert and the staff at Cedar Gardens for all their loving care of Ralph.