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  Francis Joseph "Frank" Bayer, Jr.                    


May 23, 2019



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 years.

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 adored.  

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 nephews.

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 Guard.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Special Olympics online at www.specialolympics.org

or The Wounded Warrior Project online at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate or PO Box 758517 Topeka Kansas 66675-8517. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home 42 W Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821. www.visneski.com

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