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John R. Metsger

Schroon Lake

October 3, 1923 - November 30, 2011

John R. Metsger was born Oct. 3 1923, passed away on Nov. 30, 2011, having lived a life based on integrity, loyalty and devotion to family and friends.
John was born Oct. 3, 1923, in Brooklyn. His parents passed away when he was an infant and he was raised by his aunt, Marie Slater, and her husband, Thomas Slater, in Schroon Lake.
Marie was “Mom” to him and he grieved her passing in 1939.
He graduated from Schroon Lake High School in 1941. After high school, John and his lifelong friend, Ed Noxon, joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he spent a large part of World War II in operations and intelligence. His service included stints in the Asiatic Pacific, Pearl Harbor and Guadalcanal.
After several months in a military hospital he was discharged in San Diego in December 1945. After a brief return to Upstate New York, John moved to Sandy Ore., where in 1954 he was appointed postmaster, a position he held until his retirement in 1981.
John married for a second time in 1963 to Kay Oldenkamp. They lived a joyous 47 years together until Kay passed away on Oct. 9, 2010. They lived most of their lives in Sandy but engineered stops to Long Beach and Longview, Wash.
John was also predeceased by his daughters, Judy Metsger Schwager, Jeanette Metsger Crawley and Janice Metsger Keith, and by his stepson Keith Oldenkamp.
John loved gardening and spent summers carefully tending his fruit trees and vegetable garden. Wandering deer were particularly grateful for his efforts.
He loved to golf, but probably more for the camaraderie of friends than the wistful pursuit of mastering the flight of a little white ball.
Christmas was a major joy for both John and Kay and they delighted in filling the house with holiday decor and flocking a large tree as a centerpiece of the home. In their later years they enjoyed wintering among friends in Yuma, Ariz.
John has a number of brothers and one sister who were raised by various families in New Jersey or New York, yet he never met them and died without ever knowing what became of them.
John is survived by his only son, Rick Metsger, of Salem, Ore.; a stepdaughter, Starla Oldenkamp of Portland; stepsons, Ken Oldenkamp of Roy, Wash., and Gary OldenKamp of Cookeville, Tenn.
He is also survived by eight grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.
At his request, no service will be held, donations may be made in his name to you local Disabled American Veterans organization.