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Long Illness Fatal To Restaurant Operator Fritz J. Metzger, 60, operator of the Old German Restaurant at 120 W. Washington St. for the past eight years and a restaurateur here since 1938, died this morning at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital following an 18-month illness. He lived at 1920 Dexter Ave. Mr. Metzger, a native of Germany, came to Ann Arbor in 1926, and started the German-American Kitchen in Ypsilanti in 1929. He opened the German Inn in the 100 block of W. Huron St. in 1938 and moved to the Washington St. location in 1946. He was born June 6, 1893, in Wilhelmsdorf, Germany, a son of John and Friedericke Berger Metzger. On Oct. 18, 1921, he was married to Berta Hess in Germany. She survives. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and of the Schwaben Verein, a German lodge. Also surviving are a son, Robert W. Metzger, two daughters, Mrs. Reinhard Wittke and Miss Ruth H. Metzger, and one grandchild, all of Ann Arbor. Others are two brothers, Gottfried and William, also of Ann Arbor, and three brothers and a sister in Germany. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Muehlig Chapel, with the Rev. Carl A. Brauer officiating. Burial will follow in Arborcrest Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home.