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Charles E. Metzler, 90, of New Whiteland, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014, at Greenwood Meadows.
He was born April 2, 1924, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to John and Mary (Halderman) Metzler.
He married Shirley A. (Hughes) Metzler on May 5, 1951, in Indianapolis; she survives.
He had worked in the frozen ice cream department at Meijer in Greenwood for 15 years where he was known as the “Ice Cream Man.”
He previously had been an automotive mechanic for over 40 years, last working at Crossroads Lincoln Mercury in Indianapolis.
He was a United States Army Air Forces veteran of World War II serving in the European Theater, specifically Italy on the B-17s.
He was a member of Franklin Memorial Christian Church. He was an avid nutcracker collector.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and loved his pets.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley A. (Hughes) Metzler of New Whiteland; children, Joe Metzler (Kathleen) of Springfield, Oregon, Marsha Wainscott (Perry Wayne) of Mooresville and Sandra Goodall of Fountain Hills, Arizona; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, John Drapper; and a granddaughter, Debbie Drapper.
The Rev. Larry McAdams will conduct a service at 11 a.m. Friday at Franklin Memorial Christian Church, 1720 N. Graham Road, Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 S. Morton St. (U.S. 31 South) in Franklin and from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the church. Entombment with full military honors will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.
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