Francis Joseph ”Frank” Bayer, Jr., 83, of
Danville, PA, where he has resided for the past 12 years, passed away on
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at his residence. He was born September 26, 1935 in
Philadelphia PA the son of the late Francis A. and Eleanor Vogel Bayer.
He graduated from Northeast Catholic High School
in Philadelphia PA.
Frank served his country in the United States
Marine Corps and served in the Marine Corps Reserves for 20 additional
He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of
56 years, Judith Johnston Bayer. They were married on October 22, 1960
Frank was employed as a sergeant with the City
of Philadelphia Police Department for 20 years from where he retired in
1982. After relocating to Montrose PA, he served as a detective for
Susquehanna County. Later he worked for Shorten Homes in Dickson City PA.
His memberships were many, some of which were
St. Joseph Catholic Church in Danville PA, The American Legion and the
Marine Corps League.
Frank was a talented marksman and was also an
instructor. He enjoyed building and fixing things and was an avid John
Wayne movie fan.
As we recall his bravery and
commitment in keeping his communities safe as a police officer, he will also
be remembered as a man with a relentless work ethic who was very generous in
helping people whenever he saw the need. His sense of humor will be missed
by many of his friends. His greatest enjoyment in life was his family whom
He is survived by two daughters; Virginia Haney
and her husband Jeffrey of Danville PA and Stephanie Burrell and her husband
Keith of Gilbertsville PA. Also surviving are his grandchildren; Olivia
Booth and her husband Robert O. Booth, Jr. of Houston Texas; Zachary Haney
of Clarks Summit PA; Eric Haney of Danville PA, Elizabeth, Mary, Sarah and
Jack Burrell of Gilbertsville PA; one great-granddaughter, Diana Booth of
Houston Texas. Also surviving are two sisters; Eleanor Bayer of
Philadelphia and Marcella Rhodes of Cinnaminson NJ and one brother John
Bayer and his wife Eppie of El Paso TX.
He is also survived by many beloved nieces and
Frank was preceded in death by one
three-year-old son, Christopher in 1969 and two children, in infancy, as
well as one sister, Barbara Killian.
Relatives and friends will be received on
Tuesday evening, May 28, 2019 from 6:00 -7:30 PM at St. Hubert Chapel 68
Center Street Danville PA with a Remembrance Service beginning at 7:30 PM,
and on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 9:00 – 10:45 AM at Saint Joseph Catholic
Church with Holy Mass beginning at 11:00 AM with his nephew, the Reverend
Anthony Killian, as the celebrant. A Rite of Committal will be held
immediately following in the Saint Joseph Catholic Church Cemetery Danville
PA. Military Rites will be accorded by the Montour County Veterans Honor
Memorial Contributions may be made to Special
Olympics online at
Wounded Warrior Project online at
https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate or PO Box 758517 Topeka
Arrangements are under the direction of the
Visneski Funeral Home 42 W Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821.