Ralph P. Metzger, passed away June 29, 2023 at St. Luke’s Hospital after a fierce battle with malaria. He is survived by his wife Karen, daughter Rachel (Josh), son Dan (Jocelyn) and his grandson Levi. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Mark.
Ralph was born January 26, 1961 in Rochester, New York. He was a son of German immigrants and spoke German before he learned English. In his early adulthood Ralph studied fine arts and trained with his grandfather as a woodworker. He and Karen married in 1981. They spent a year living at sea while Ralph worked as a ship’s carpenter aboard a missionary ship in South America and the Caribbean. They returned to upstate New York, and he spent time building houses and helping to raise his young children. In the early nineties Ralph and his family moved to Pakistan to do missions work, and they remained primarily based in Pakistan for nearly twenty years.
Ralph had a curious and entrepreneurial spirit. He pursued a wide range of business ventures, including manufacturing high-end yo-yos and designing and operating a worm farm. He was also a lifelong learner, and in his forties completed an MBA. In recent years he made frequent visits to Africa integrating faith and business goals by leading workshops on Biblical entrepreneurism.
Building relationships meant a great deal to Ralph, and in his lifetime he visited old friends and made new ones in dozens of countries. He continued to enjoy woodworking projects even as he explored the world. He and Karen took on the task of restoring a 122-year-old home together, with a vision of creating a safe, peaceful space to share with others. He was an advanced scuba diver and enjoyed hiking in the Adirondak Mountains.
His students and colleagues remember him as a committed teacher and thoughtful advisor. His family and friends remember him as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. All cherish many fond memories of his immense kindness, quick humor, and steadfast faith.
A celebration of Ralph’s life will be held at 9:30am on Saturday July 8, 2023 at Christ Community Church, downtown campus in Kansas City, MO. Another celebration of his life will take place in Rochester, on August 5, 2023 at 10: 00 am at Browncroft CommunityChurch 2530 Browncroft Blvd. 14625.

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