William "Bill" Metzger

William "Bill" Metzger


July 30, 1962 - January 5, 2024


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of William "Bill" Joel Metzger, of Plankinton, SD, who left us on Friday, January 5, 2024, at the age of 61. Born on July 30, 1962, Bill lived a life marked by unwavering dedication, passion, and a commitment to the safety and well-being of others.

Bill's love for sports was a large part of his life, he showcased his talent both as a player and later as a respected referee. His time on the court and field not only left a mark on the game but also forged lasting friendships and memories. As an avid sports fan, he spent many days and nights watching football, basketball, and even fastpitch softball and rarely missed the New England Patriots and Oregon Ducks games.

Bill was a farm boy at heart. He raised sheep, cows, horses, and even pheasants. What he enjoyed the most though was harvesting with his adopted family, the Faulhabers. The days he spent farming were never considered work. Even though he was up at the crack of dawn and worked till the sun set, he always had a smile on his face.

For nearly two decades, he dedicated his life to the South Dakota Department of Transportation, tirelessly working to ensure the safety of countless individuals on our roads and highways. Bill's commitment to his work was unparalleled, and his contributions undoubtedly saved lives and made our communities safer.

Beyond his professional life, Bill was a cornerstone in the lives of those closest to him. A reliable and at times ornery grandpa, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. His sense of humor and infectious spirit created an atmosphere of warmth, making him a beloved figure in the hearts of all who called him family or friend.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Amanda (Marcus) Christensen of Summerset, SD and his son Jackson (Amanda) Metzger of Groveland, FL and four grandchildren: Kenli Rae and Cooper Marcus Christensen and Grayson Atlas and Hudson Apollo Metzger. He is also survived by his mother, Billie Madsen, sister, Lori (Dwayne) Kufchak, and brother, Randy Metzger. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Metzger, brother, Doug Metzger, and stepfather, Dick Madsen.

Bill's passing leaves a void that cannot be easily filled, but his legacy lives on in the memories and stories shared by those who knew him. In honoring Bill's memory, let us cherish the lessons he taught us about dedication, laughter, and the importance of looking out for one another.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Wednesday, January 10 from 5:00 - 7:00 at the Plankinton Commerce Street Grille and Bar, where friends and family will come together to reminisce, share stories, and pay tribute to a remarkable man who touched the lives of so many.


Wednesday, January 10, 2024
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Commerce Street Grille
120 S Main St
Plankinton, SD

Posted by Luke Everson on January 19, 2024
My sincerest condolences and prayers go out to Billie and the entire Metzger family with the passing of Bill...May God bless all who are mourning this tremendous loss!!!
Posted by Carmen (Heezen) Lapp on January 13, 2024
Dear Billie and all of the family of Bill Mietzger,
In time, I pray your special memories will give you comfort and peace. Bill will soon be singing Easter hymns to our Savior in heaven with the angels, saints, and all of our loved ones. With heartfelt sympathy, Carmen & Ruben
Posted by Brad Messer on January 11, 2024
I was proud to call you friend!!! You had such an infectious laugh and would brighten anybody's day! We went through a lot together!!! Rest in Peace my friend!!!🙏🙏🙏
Posted by Terry and Cindy Hoffman on January 11, 2024
Our Thoughts and Prayers for You Billie and your Family at the loss of Bill, sending lot's of Love and Hugs Your way.
Posted by Mike and Mavis Anderson on January 10, 2024
Our sympathy to Bills
Posted by Pam Moke on January 10, 2024
So sorry for your loss. This news is very sad. Bill always had a smile and joke. He will be greatly missed.
Posted by Douglas and Julie Plooster on January 10, 2024
Our sympathies goes out to all of your family!! We were Neighborhood Neighbors here in Mitchell he would always call "me the neighborhood firepit woman" which I was AND still AM " Doug and I wound always see him out with is MOM at Depot ! I can't believe he has left this earth so soon !! Miss you Garage smoker!! Doug and Julie Plooster!!
Posted by Linda Star on January 10, 2024
Very deepest sympathy to all of Bill's family and friends. He had the best laugh. So sorry to hear this news.
Posted by Janice Hettinger on January 10, 2024
Bill will be missed by so many. I will never forget his laugh and jolly spirit. My heartfelt sympathy to Bill's children and grandchildren as well as to Billie, Randy and Lori and all who called him family and friend. May you find peace in your many memories.
Posted by Joe & Jan schlimgen on January 9, 2024
Our condolences to the family. Joe & the boys enjoyed hunting with him at Rod’s.
Rest in peace, Bill!
Posted by Kathy (Hanten) DeHaai on January 9, 2024
I am so sorry to hear of Bills passing. Way too soon. I can still hear his laugh and see his smile. Billie, Randy, Lori and his children - you are all in my prayers and keep his memory alive. With my deepest sorrow and sympathy.❤️
Posted by Julie Flemmer on January 9, 2024
So sorry to hear this news. My sympathies to the family. I will miss our Friday visits at the bank. Always a smile & a chuckle!
Posted by Vicki Heimsoth on January 9, 2024
My deepest sympathy to Bill’s family. He will be missed by all of us fortunate enough to have known him.
Posted by Tom Riddle on January 9, 2024
It was my pleasure to call him friend,RIP Bill
Posted by Kent Bruinsma on January 8, 2024
Gone too soon. As mentioned by others, the smile and laugh was a staple for Bill. Rest in peace.
Posted by Alan Bruinsma on January 8, 2024
Always a smile on his face and the chuckle or laugh. I probably knew him better after high school than in high school. He lived just down the street from my mom and dad in Mitchell for a few years, so I would run into him when I visited them. I always knew there would be a big grin and that laugh. Gone too soon. Rest in Peace Bill, as you enhanced the lives of many by just being you!
Posted by Tori Bickley on January 8, 2024
Sending all our love and sympathy to you Billie. We are so terribly saddened by your son’s loss. May God bless you during this time.
John and Tori Bickley
Posted by Connie Bruinsma on January 8, 2024
My sympathies to all of the family, gone too soon. So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Judy Puetz McCarthy on January 8, 2024
Our deepest sympathy goes out to Billie, Randy, Lori and Bill's entire family. He is gone wayyy too soon....
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