Dale James Mettler
(1948 — 2019)
Dale James Mettler, age 71, of Cross Plains, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at his home after a fierce battle with ALS. He was born Feb. 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 ALS golf charity event at The Legacy Golf Course in Springfield, Tennessee. The event raised $25,000 for ALS 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 No. 45 and a lifetime member of VFW Post No. 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 and Norma Helen Beach Mettler. He is survived by his daughter, April Dawne (Kassie Lane) Mettler, Paducah, Kentucky; sisters, Norma (Jack) Majewski, Safety Harbor, Florida, and Rochelle (Doug) Bird, Tecumseh, Michigan.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in the gymnasium at East Robertson High School with Chaplain Joe Eden officiating. Visitation is planned for 1:30-2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in the gymnasium, with military honors. Inurnment will be at a later date in First Presbyterian Church Columbarium in Tecumseh, Michigan. Memorial contributions are requested to ALS 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.