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Official Obituary of

Terry Metzger

February 9, 1961 ~ March 5, 2024 (age 63) 63 Years Old

Terry Metzger Obituary

Terry, 63, Brainerd, MN, passed away March 4th, 2024.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd. Family and friends are invited to gather for one hour prior to Mass and at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home, also in Brainerd, on Monday, March 11th from 4-7:00 p.m. 

Terrance Paul Metzger was born February 9th, 1961, in Minot, ND. He was welcomed into Ray and Lorraine Metzger’s family in September of the same year in Grand Forks, ND. In 1967 the family moved to Fargo, ND. He attended Fargo South High School where he was pursued by the love of his life, Janet, when they first met in the fall of 1978. He finally came to his senses in 1979 and asked her to prom.

Terry graduated from Fargo South High School in 1980. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in March 1985, where he graduated from basic training with honors. He was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV with the Transportation Squadron until April 27th, 1988.

Terry came home on leave August of 1985 where he proposed a life full of love, adventures, and happiness to his “Queen”. They made it official on June 21st, 1986. Their first home was in Las Vegas until May of 1988 when they returned to Fargo. Unbeknownst to the young couple they were pregnant with their first child, Colton Alexander born December 20th, 1988. Terry went to work for his Dad’s RV dealership and rental store until November 1989. They then moved to Goshen, IN where he went to work building motor homes, that job led to his career in sales selling park models for Kropf Manufacturing. He became a father again on October 6th, 1991, when his second son Austin Ray was born. The family was completed July 8th, 1993, when his daughter Gabrielle Elizabeth arrived. In November of 1993, the family moved to Brainerd where Terry continued to pursue his career in retail RV sales at Lewie’s RV. His next challenge in life was, as he would say, selling dirt for Four Seasons Realty which later became Naterra Land.  There, he was always one of the top performers while selling lake shore property.  Life’s curve ball gave him the opportunity to immerse himself in local community by managing the Brainerd’s American Legion until the fall of 2012 when he partnered into Legacy Logistics Trucking Company in Dickinson, ND. In 2016 his passion for sales was reawakened when he received a call from Precision Equipment Manufacturing where he excelled once again.

Terry’s whole world was his entire family, especially his relationships with is children. Every home of Terry and Janet’s became a safe haven for all friends and family.  The door was always open, and you were always welcomed.  Happy hours and pull-tabs with friends, summer boat rides, hunting and fishing with “the boys”, cooking, being quality control for Janet’s baking and traveling were some of the many things he enjoyed in life. His devotion to sports is proven in the loyalty to his two favorite teams: Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Vikings!

His memories will always be carried in our hearts, Janet Metzger, wife. Children; Colton, Austin, Gabrielle Metzger and Pat, Charlie, and Lulu Lipsiea. Mother; Lorraine Metzger, Sisters; Marica Kleingartner, Cindy Harvey, Bunny Metzger, Tim (Kim) Metzger. Mother-in-Law; Betty Duval, Sister-in-laws; Judy (Roger) Unterseher, Roxy Waryan; Brother-in-law, Rick (Sandy) Duval. Nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Ray Metzger. His father-in-law, Fern Duval. Brother-in-law, Marc Waryan.

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