John R. Metter, Sr.

June 27, 1923 - July 21, 2017

John Richard Metter, Sr., 94, of Litchfield, passed away peacefully at home Friday, July 21, 2017. He was born in Cleveland to the late John Metter (born in Hungary-Transylvania) and Emma (nee Stromek) Metter (born in Bohemia, Austria). He was married to the late Lila (nee Hanson) Metter for 56 years. John worked at Ohio Piston, Hill Acme, and the Bomber Plant (IX Center). After WW II, he used his mechanical knowledge and became self-employed, building a repair shop and gas station in Columbia Station. He built one of Ohio’s largest wrecker trucks and drove school bus. He moved to Litchfield in 1954 and started a trucking company and worked as a truck driver hauling steel, coal, fertilizer etc. until 1960 when he built Litchfield Equipment and got back into the repair and parts business. He later began selling Massey Ferguson and Kubota tractors. Later, he established John’s Rigging which he was involved in until his death. He was greatly interested in politics. He wrote letters to the Editor beginning long before he moved to Litchfield. He wrote letters to politicians and attended many meetings with politicians, town hall meetings, Trustee meetings, School Board meetings and some County Commissioner meetings. He was on the Litchfield Township Zoning Board of Appeals. He also enjoyed traveling, driving across the country many times. John is survived by his children, Barbara (Roger) Hathaway of the Villages of FL, Joyce (Raymond) Paul of Medina and John (Diana) Metter, Jr. of Litchfield; grandchildren, Trisha, CinDee, Mike, Shannon, Heather, Shane, Krystal, Kristen and Nicole; 25 great grandchildren; and a brother, Roy C. Metter, of Columbia Station. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at the Bauer Funeral Home, 2089 Columbia Road Valley City, with a funeral service at 7:00PM. Pastor Mark Hartshorn, officiating. At John’s request, cremation will follow the service. Burial will be held later in Litchfield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th Street, Cleveland, OH 44119.


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