Coleman F. Metzler ’46 died on June 28, 2016, in Wilmington, Delaware.
(The following was published in The News Journal from July 6 to July 8, 2016)
Coleman, age 90, of Brandywine Hundred, died peacefully in his sleep at home on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. He was born and lived his first 16 years in Wilmington, DE.
Coleman graduated from Tower Hill Preparatory School in Wilmington and attended Bowdoin College in Maine prior to entering the Navy in 1942. He received officer training, was assigned to a mine sweeper, and was stationed in the Philippines. After WWII he married Jean Katherine Gilbert and enrolled at the University of Michigan where he received a Masters Degree in English. He was a school principal in Clayton, DE and a public school administrator and English teacher in New Castle County, DE for most of his working years. He enjoyed reading, music and spending time with family. He was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Anglican Catholic Church.
Coleman and his late wife Jean were married for 59 years. He is predeceased by his daughter Ann Ward (Philip) and grandson Mark Metzler. He is survived by his children Frederick (Madonna), Craig (Kathleen) and Erich (Cristin); grandchildren Joyce Bodoh (Andrew), Rachel, Alyssa, Stephen, Anna, and Emma, and great-granddaughter Elizabeth Bodoh; and sister-in-law Nancy Higley (Richard).
Visitation will be on Saturday, July 9th from 10:00AM to 11:00AM, followed by a service at 11:00AM, at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 4201 Washington Street, Wilmington. Burial will follow at Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery on Concord Pike (Route 202).
His children want to thank his wonderful neighbors, hospice, and all of the caregivers that allowed him to stay in his home until the end of his life.