Robert G. Metzger

Sept. 8, 2015 

Robert G. Metzger (BS MECH EGR ’51) of Kentwood, Mich., died July 15. He was 87.

He was born May 29, 1928 in Port Huron, Mich.

He graduated from high school in 1946, and along with 75 classmates, joined the military service, allowing them free education under the G.I. Bill for Veterans. Metzger served 18 months in Japan. 

In 1948, he moved to Grand Rapids. After attending Grand Rapids Community College, he graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1951. 

He worked at Lear, Inc. where he met his wife, Shirley. They were married in 1958 and raised three children, Kathy, Robb and Mark. 

He enjoyed his profession working for a number of companies and fulfilled it by developing his own business, West Michigan Instrumentation. He was referred to as "Mr. West Michigan" in the field of Instrumentation. 

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Shirley; sons, Robb and Mark; his daughter, Kathy MacGregor (Matthew), grandchildren Ian, Meghan and Andrew MacGregor, and Madison and Reese Metzger. 

He was an active member of First (Park) Congregational Church, joining in 1954, and very active in the YMCA Y's Men Service Club in their many activities: Santa Claus Girls, Run Thru Apple Country and the White Elephant Sale. 

He retired in 1985. 

A celebration of his life was Sept. 12 at First Park Church, 10 East Park Pl., N.E., Grand Rapids.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, In Memory of Robert Metzger, 230 W. Monroe Street, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60606 and/or "Operation Purple Camps" (for Veteran's Children), National Military Family Association, In Memory of Robert Metzger, 3601 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 425, Alexandria, VA 22304.

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