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Howard Raymond Metzmaker, Jr.

April 10, 1932 — February 18, 2024


     Raymond Howard "Howard" Metzmaker, Jr., age 91, of Potterville, MI, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2024, at Masonic Pathways, Alma, MI.

      A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2024, from 3:30-6:30 P.M. at VFW Hall in Charlotte, MI.

      Raymond was born in Grand Ledge, MI on April 10, 1932, the son of Raymond Howard and Zella (Walker) Metzmaker.   Howard graduated from East Lansing High School.  He honorably served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. 

      Howard owned and operated Howard's Garage in Potterville for 60 years until 2018.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #367 in Potterville and the American Legion.  Howard loved race cars and raced until he was in his eighties.  

       Howard was a staple in the community whose kindness touched many.  He helped others who were in need and always said, “Friends and family are what’s important.”  He sponsored several teams over the years.  He loved softball, and was a proud supporter of Potterville and the Michigan State University Spartans.  He was loved by all that knew him and will be missed by all he touched in his life.

      He is survived by his son Rick and Roxanne Metzmaker; son Rod Metzmaker; daughter Kristy Metzmaker; 26 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren.  Howard was preceded in death by his parents, his son Dave Metzmaker in 2004, and his brothers: Jerry Metzmaker in 2010 and Jacob Metzmaker in 2013.

       Special thanks to all the staff at Masonic Pathaways for all the wonderful care and support shown to our family.

      Online condolences may be sent to The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Ithaca, Michigan.

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Saturday, June 1, 2024

3:30 - 6:30 pm (Eastern time)

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