Richard Metsig died peacefully in his home on February 27 in Scotia at the age of 56.

Rick is survived by his wife, Wendy; his four children, Sara, Stephen, Andrew (Emily) and Alyssa; father, John Metsig; step-mother, Gail Douglas Metsig; siblings Nicole Metsig Silver (Bryan), Lauren Metsig Goerschler (Kyle), Lisa Kelly and brother Michael McCabe.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Dawn Fischer of Colorado, and brother Bryan Metsig of Illinois.

Rick was born on December 30, 1967 in Arlington Heights, Illinois to John Metsig and Dawn Tucker. He graduated from Canyon High School in Santa Clarita, California in 1986 and began further studies at College of the Siskiyous in 1988 in Weed, where he met his wife Sylvia Goldau, whom he married in 1990.

In 1989, Rick began working in the equipment rental industry, in which he would build a lifelong career as a branch manager.

Wendy adopted Sadie, a rescue pit bull, and despite initial hesitance, Rick fell in love with Sadie and the three became inseparable. Rick and Wendy married in June of 2017.

Rick is remembered as a fair, honest, and caring individual who loved his family unconditionally. He consistently demonstrated personal integrity, a strong work ethic, and passion for the Christian faith. He was a skilled musician and an active and devout member of the First Baptist Church of Fortuna.

A memorial service is planned with only close family members present. The family would like to thank the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Fortuna for their support. Please send donations to the Richard A. Metsig Memorial Fund at the First Baptist Church of Fortuna to help support other families experiencing life challenges.


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