Donna Mae Metzger, 97, passed away at VanCrest of Ada on Thursday, February 1, 2024. She was born in Kearney, Nebraska, on March 7, 1926, to the late Edward and Agnes (McKenna) Hunter. She was raised in Fairfax, Missouri, where she met and married Robert VanLeuven. In 1957, she married Charles Rayburn Croy and they moved their family to Hardin County to work on his family’s farm in 1962. She was also widowed by both Ira Butcher and Roger Metzger.

Donna worked on the family farm, was a devoted homemaker and also had worked for North Electric, Kmart and McDonald’s (both in Kenton). She was a former member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Blocktown, and enjoyed wintering in Arizona, playing cards, dancing, gardening, raising chickens and spending time with her friends and family.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jim Croy, and two grandchildren, Lisa Simmons and Adam Meyer. Donna is survived by four children, Pam (Mac) Rightsell of Tarkio, Missouri, Cindy (Steve) Wykes of Dunkirk, Ohio, Dan (Valerie) Croy of St. Joseph, Missouri, and Chuck (Jill) Croy of Fort Wayne, Indiana; daughter-in-law, Heidi Croy of Ridgeville Corners, Ohio; grandchildren, Todd Wykes, Chad (Amelia) Wykes, Rick (Stacie) Meyer, Dan (Melissa) Croy, Heidi (Mike) Sigars, Amy Flowers, Hillary (Robert) Andrade, Aaron (Kristen) Conkle, Caris Croy, Julia (Sam) Rychener, and Mitchell Croy; granddaughter-in-law, Tabitha Meyer; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

A funeral service was held Monday, February 5, 2024, at Schindewolf-Stout-Crates Funeral Home, Kenton, Ohio. Burial was in Dola Cemetery, Dola, Ohio. Memorials can be made to Bridge Hospice in her memory and online condolences can be shared by visiting