Henry Alan Metzger CastletonHenry Alan Metzger, born May 13, 1931, died Thursday at Riverside Nursing Home, in Castleton, after a long illness. Beloved husband of Suzannee (Simons) Metzger, surviving widower of Barbara (Paetzold) Metzger and father of Deborah Marie Metzger and Marcia Lee Metzger. Raised in Castleton-on-Hudson by his parents, Henry L. and Gladys Metzger, he cared about the village enough to return after college and a stint in the Army to educate generation after generation of its students in the Schodack Central School District. In addition to teaching at Maple Hill and Castleton Elementary Schools for over 35 years, he served on the Board of Trustees of the Castleton Public Library, was a district grand lecturer of Eastern Star, a master of the Sunnyside Masonic Lodge, and a congregational lay leader and Sunday school teacher at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. But after his love of family and teaching, his greatest passion was acting in local theater. Alan performed in dozens of plays for various groups including the Columbia Civic players, the Ghent Playhouse and in productions of Oklahoma, Charley's Aunt, The Contrast, Catch-22 and Oliver to name only a few. He enjoyed the starring role in a local production of Play It Again Sam. And since all of this did not keep him quite busy enough, he also managed to be a playwright, a horror movie fan, an avid reader, and a masterful coupon shopper. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral 11 o'clock Tuesday at the Wm. J. Rockefeller funeral home, 165 Columbia Tpk., Rensselaer. Friends are invited to his calling hours Monday evening 4 to 7 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Castleton and the Castleton Volunteer Ambulance. Perhaps the best way to remember Alan is to give thanks for dedicated teachers, patronize local theater productions and applaud the actors as loudly as you can.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12, 2012