Lt. Colonel Robert S. Metzger Jr, obituary
1939-2021 81 years old
Robert passed peacefully January 7. He was the son of Robert and Jennette Metzger; Beloved husband of the late Patricia Forte; loving brother of Frank and Mike Metzger; dearly loved father of Michelle Carbone and Robert S. Metzger, III; treasured stepfather of Victoria Benedetti, Ed and Mark Forte; Dear grandfather of Bridget, Ryan, Danielle, Andrea, Mark Jr., and Ryan.
Robert’s family moved to Lancaster, Pa, in 1948. He attended Stevens Elementary, Reynolds Junior High, and McCaskey High School. At McCaskey High School he was a 3 letterman athlete, outstanding in football, basketball, and track. As captain of the track team many state records were set. Bob was also a straight “A” student, and senior class president.
He gained an appointment in 1958 to West Point Military Academy, where he excelled in football, graduating in 1963 as a Second Lieutenant. He then went to jump school and Ranger training.
In 1965 he was deployed to Vietnam with the 327th 101st “Airborne where he won a Bronze star with the Combat V for valor. In 1967 Bob was sent back to Vietnam for a 2nd tour, flying Fixed Wing aircraft. As a forward air observer he was shot down twice, but came through with flying colors.He was awarded many medals and commendations during his service such as; the Meritorious Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal to name a few.
After his second tour he was promoted to Major, sent to Germany and various countries after that. In the early 1970’s he was promoted to Lt. Colonel stationed in Liberia, Africa, where, among his duties, he flew William Tolber, President of Liberia to various meetings and events.
Now the love story begins...after 23 years of active service, he retired to civilian life in New Jersey and worked at Fedor Lincoln Mercury. In 1987, he met the love of his life, Patricia Forte and things were never the same for the Colonel. They lived a wonderful life together in Haddon Heights where he was elected to the Town Council. He proudly worked for their community which received his service with open arms. Robert changed his name from Bob to Robert at Patricia's request and he converted to Catholicism. He was the joy of Patricia's family and friends. After moving to Voorhees, he returned to school to become accredited to work on airplanes and finally flying for his own pleasure. Robert fulfilled many of his life's goals and dreams. He lived a full life; serving his country, supporting and caring for his family and bringing a smile to the faces around him. Robert was the epitome of a true gentleman. People who he never knew were drawn to his sophisticated character and charisma. He was as humble as he was accomplished. He will be terribly missed by the many lives he touched.
Relatives and friends are invited to the viewing on Saturday, January 16, 2021 from 9:00am to 10:00am at Bradley Funeral Home, Evesham Road and Route 73, Marlton, NJ. The funeral mass will be held at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, Gibbsboro, NJ at 10:30am Saturday. To join Robert's mass virtually, please visit www.churchofstandrews.org
. Scroll down on the main page and click on the live picture of the sanctuary to connect to the livestream Robert Metzger's Mass of Christian Burial 10:30am Saturday. Robert will be laid to rest at West Point Military Academy at a date yet to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Robert's name to the American Parkinson Disease Association www.apdaparkinson.org.
Frank Metzger Remembering His Brother January 16, 2021
I am proud to honor my brother’s amazing life.
I really don’t need to share with you that Bob was:
- a great man,
- an introspective man of good will,
- a war hero, earning the Bronze Star for gallantry on the battle field, and
- a loving, caring husband to Patti, sharing 32 years together.
For if you knew my brother, you already knew these things.
So let me share with you some small events growing up with my big brother Bob.
When he was very young Bob always wanted to be a soldier. He was so infatuated with being a
soldier, when I was 7 and Bob 11, our Mom bought him a child’s “Army Man” uniform for
Halloween. Well Bob wore that uniform night and day, and every time he spoke to me I had to
salute him and say “Yes Sir”.
When Bob was a student at McCaskey High School, he lettered in 3 sports, football, basketball
and track. He also was a straight A student and President of his Senior class. In other words he
was a perfect student. Bob graduated in 1958 when I entered McCaskey high as a sophomore.
As fate would have it, my Homeroom teach was 65 year old Ms. Schoop. The same Homeroom
teacher Bob had for 3 years. Well on my second day in class, Ms. Schoop came up to my desk
and quietly asked if I was Bob Metzger’s brother. I thought I would faint as I said “yes”. She said
“Bobbie was a great student - very quiet and kept to himself.” “But you” she said sternly looking
straight at me, “are loud and boisterous”.
My first year I decided to go out for the high school football team. While at practice with the junior
varsity team, I noticed the head coach of the varsity team talking with the junior varsity coach.
Soon I realized the varsity coach was walking towards me. He came up to me and said, “Are you
Bob Metzger’s brother?” When I said “yes” he gave me a look that made me very nervous. He
said, “Hope you can be half as good a player as your brother.” And he walked away.
So early on and throughout my life time I knew that Bob was on the right path, as a child, as a
student and as a man.
God Rest Your Soul Brother! I will never forget you!