H. Bruce Metzger, 89, passed away at his home in Medford on July 24, 2011. He was born in Joseph, Ore., on December 16, 1921. Bruce married June Mullin on June 20, 1942, and they recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. Bruce served in the U.S. Navy in World War II on the U.S.S. Chandler. He began his career in education with the Medford School District in 1947, at Oak Grove Elementary. He completed his career at Lone Pine Elementary in 1983. Bruce was active in Medford Elks, Lions, and was past president of the Pear Blossom Committee.
Bruce attended Ashland Normal School (Southern Oregon University) and University of Oregon, where he received his masters in education. He enjoyed fishing, collecting pocket watches, and antique clocks. He was an avid Portland Trail Blazer fan.
Bruce is survived by his wife, June; daughter, Ronda (John) of Salem, Ore.; son, Dale (Helen) of Twin Falls, Idaho; five grandchildren; and one great granddaughter. Bruce was preceded in death by father, Robert; mother, Jessie; brother, Fred; sisters, Lula, Madeline, Audrey, Joyce, and Roberta
Memorial contributions may be made to the Medford Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 1172, Medford, OR 97501. Arrangements by Perl Funeral Home. A private family service will be held at the Jacksonville Cemetery.