|Evangelical Messenger, January 24, 1888, page 59|
METZNER - John Metzner was born in Germany, October 21, 1805, came to America in 1837, located in Licking Co., O., where he continued to live until 1850, when he with his family came to Jay Co. He was married to Catherine Young, Nov. 3, 1839, and to them were born six sons and five daughters, of whom 2 sons and one daughter have gone before him over the river of death. He embraced the Christian religion in 1840, in which he continued to live until his death, and died in the triumphs of a living Redeemer, Jan. 10, 1888. Father Metzner was a member of the Ev. Association, and in his death we lose a brother and a father, but that which is our loss is his gain. Funeral services by the write, assisted by Bro. H.E. Moser. - J.B. Fisher.
There are just a few anomalies in this obituary from data I already have about John. I had his birthdate as October 2, 1805, as calculated from his tombstone, and his marriage date as November 4, 1839, but my sources were family group sheets, so are suspect. Should be able to confirm the marriage date from Ohio marriage records. While this obituary doesn't give a cause of death, it does state his migration pattern.