Francis L. Metzger, 96

Francis L. Metzger, 96, of Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, died at 6:22 pm, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at Peabody.

He was born Nov. 6, 1920, in Woodford County, Illinois to Charles L. and Ruth Mae (Bayles) Metzger.

Francis was a 1938 graduate of Somerset High School.  He married W. Gwendolene "Krickett" Powell in Westfield, on Dec. 27, 1941; she died April 10, 2001.  He then married Mary (Robinson) Radabaugh in Wabash on Sept. 14, 2003; she died April 14, 2010.  

He was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corp veteran and was participated in the World War II Honor Flight on May 8, 2013.  Francis was a farmer 20 years and raised registered black angus cattle, worked at the Peru Production Credit Association 20 years, retiring in 1983. He also worked for UAP Crop Mate in Urbana.  He was a member of the Friends Church, the Kiwanis Club, and the American Legion Post 15, all of Wabash.  He was a lifetime Wabash County resident, and lived at Peabody since August 2012. 

He is survived by three children, Nancy (Tom) Frank and Don (Bev) Radabaugh, both of Wabash, and Margie (Leon) More of Columbia City; two daughters-in-law, Becky Metzger of Fort Wayne, and Nancy Radabaugh of Wabash; 19 grandchildren, Shelly (Aaron) Uribe of Fishers, Kimberly (Gary II) Treska of Lagro, LeeAnn ( Tom) Grizzle of Andrews, Trent (Janice) Worden of Elgin, Ill., Matthew (Becca) Metzger of Fort Wayne, Trisha (Kyle) Niccum of Wabash, Tina (Ashu) Menkir of Fort Wayne, Tyanna (Thad) Haines of LaFontaine, Rick Radabaugh of Fishers, Rhonda (John) Horton of Wexford, Pennsylvania, Roger (Sheree) Radabaugh of Vancouver, British Columbia, Lynette (Brian) Bridegam, Brady Wright, and Brian (Robin) More, all of Columbia City, Renae (Brad) Jordan of Westfield, Regina (Ryan) Wilson of Roanoke, Jodi (Kirk) Short of Wabash, Chad (Carissa) Kirkpatrick of Marion, and Josh (Kimberly) Kirkpatrick of Wabash; 46 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, two sons Kenneth Metzger and Jerry Radabaugh, daughter Carol Kirkpatrick, great granddaughter Cora Kirkpatrick,  brother, Harold C. Metzger, and two sisters, Velda L. Stout and Nova McClure.

Funeral services will be 10:30 am Thursday Nov. 17, 2016 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Alex Falder officiating.  Burial will be in Converse Cemetery, Converse.  Friends may call 3-7 pm, Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are Wabash Friends Church or Peabody Caring Circle.

The memorial guest book for Francis may be signed at



Posted on 2016 Nov 15