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Franklin A. "Frank" Metzler, 85, of Bucktail Trail, St. Marys, died of cancer on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at the DuBois Regional Medical Center following an illness of the past year.
He was born July 3, 1927 in Harrisburg, a son of the late Franklin Metzler Sr. and Beryl Lavanture Metzler.
On May 31, 1981 in Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Emporium, he married Sandra Kellner Metzler, who survives.
He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII on the communications ship Catoctin as a radio operator with the title of Electronics Technician Mate. At that time the U.S. was preparing to invade Japan, which was expected to be an extensive battle, and crew members were advised that only one out of six of them would return home. The mission was discontinued when the war ended in August 1945 with the unconditional surrender of Japan. Frank was honorably discharged on July 15, 1946.
He was a graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. degree in Physics, and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, earning a degree in computer science. At the time of his death, he was employed part-time as an independent contractor at GE in St. Marys. His employment history includes Bethlehem Steel in Steelton, Sylvania and GKN in Emporium, and Loranger Intemational in Warren.
He enjoyed hiking the Quehanna Trail, amateur radio, astronomy, and studying advanced mathematics.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, David and Glenn Metzler; and a brother, Robert Metzler.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Franklin A. â€œFrank" Metzler will be held on Saturday, December 29 at 2 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Emporium.
There will be no visitation.
Arrangements are under the direction of Barnett Funeral Home, Inc.
Online condolences may be placed at www.BarnettFuneralHome.Net.