Evelyn Mishler Metzger, 92, daughter of Harley and Ada Poland Mishler, died on Nov. 21. She was born on Jan. 20, 1921 in Whitley County.
Evelyn graduated from South Whitley High School in 1939. Because she was actively involved in 4-H for ten years, Evelyn was immediately hired as Whitley County 4-H leader. In 1942, she married Leo Metzger in the Spring Creek Church of the Brethren. After first living with Leo’s parents, Evelyn moved with her husband to upstate New York for Leo's World War Two draft assignment. Evelyn was employed as a grocery price administrator. In New York, she gave birth to their first children in 1946, twins, Devon and Yvonne followed in later years by Nolan, Ondalee and Marlon. After living in South Whitley for twenty years, farming with her husband and raising five children, Evelyn moved to Auburn, where she and her husband bought a dairy farm. It was here, in the Auburn area where Evelyn entered a second phase of her life, opening a popular consignment retail shop entitled Country Creations, and serving as a director and teacher of a pre-school for 17 years. Evelyn and Leo moved to the Timbercrest Retirement Center in 2000.
Evelyn is survived by her husband, Leo, and their five children, Yvonne Rautenkranz, Devon, Nolan, Ondalee Aschelman and Marlon, 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service honoring and remembering Evelyn's life will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 8, at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester.
Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester.