Dale James Mettler, 71, of Cross Plains, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019 at his home after a fierce battle with A.L.S.
He was born February 3, 1948 in Jackson, Michigan to James Lewis and Norma Helen Beach Mettler. Mr. Mettler was a local teacher, coach and Vietnam Vet. He recently did an interview with Smokey Barn News, knowing that his time was short. He spoke of his love for teaching, coaching and Robertson county. He wanted to reach out to the community to thank them for welcoming him with open arms as he began his teaching career at East Robertson High School years ago. At the age of 49, he attended Vol State for two years and then TSU for two years, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in 2001 to teach. It was just three weeks ago that Mr. Mettler felt well enough to attend an A.L.S. golf charity event at The Legacy Golf Course in Springfield, TN. The event raised $25K for A.L.S. research. Dale Mettler was a hobbyist who loved riding horses, restoring cars and golf. He even collected Native American artifacts and turned them into jewelry. He was also an author, songwriter and member of the Greenbrier American Legion Post #45 and a lifetime member of VFW Post #2120. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marines in Vietnam and had served as the Quartermaster for the VFW.
He is preceded in death by his parents,James Lewis & Norma Helen Beach Mettler. He is survived by his daughter, April Dawne (Kassie Lane) Mettler, Paducah, KY; and sisters, Norma (Jack) Majewski, Safety Harbor, FL and Rochelle (Doug) Bird, Tecumseh, MI.
A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at East Robertson High School with Chaplain Joe Eden officiating. Visitation is planned for Sunday, November 10, 2019 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the gymnasium, with military honors. Inurnment will be at a later date in First Presbyterian Church Columbarium in Tecumseh, MI. Memorial contributions are requested to A.L.S. Foundation P.O. Box 40244 Nashville, TN 37204-0244 or to Amedysis Hospice 400 Royal Parkway Nashville, TN 37214 remains rest at Austin & Bell 533 Highway 76 White House, TN 37188 (615)672-5000 www.austinandbell.com