Francis "Frank" Joseph Oley, 81, passed into the hands of the Lord on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Plains Township.
He was born on April 2, 1932, in Laflin, to the late Joseph and Nellie Abromovage Oley. He attended schools in Laflin and West Pittston and graduated in the class of 1950.
Frank was an avid bowler in the senior citizen league at Modern Lanes, Exeter. He was a former member of the Hudson Servicemen's Association, a lifetime member of the American Legion, Post 558, Plains Township, and a 10-year member of the Plains Township Volunteer Ambulance Association.
He enjoyed walking with his faithful companion, Meeka, daily and mingling with school children and their parents at street corners in Plains Township and Hudson.
He served in the U.S. Army for two years, attaining the rank of sergeant first class with the 378th Engineer Combat Battalion in Korea.
Frank was employed for 46 years as a supervisor with A. Rifkin Co., Wilkes-Barre. Retiring in 1996, he later worked part-time at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in the security screening checkpoint.
He loved gardening and shared his prized tomatoes with the entire neighborhood and his out-of-town relatives.
He was preceded in death by his wonderful wife of 36 years, Charlotte Witkowski, who passed away in 1993; brother, Joseph Oley; and his faithful and loving companion, his dog, Meeka.
He is survived by a daughter, Mary Jo Zdziarski, and her husband, Frank, Shickshinny; son, Frank Oley Jr., Warrenton, Va.; grandson, James Oley, and his wife, Jodi, Downingtown; and sister, Geraldine Burnside, Duryea.
Frank's funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday from the Yanaitis Funeral Home Inc., 55 Stark St., Plains Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. in Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Hudson Road, Plains Township, celebrated by the Rev. Joseph Greskiewicz. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Family and friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations in memory of Frank be given to The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, http://www.hswlt.org/
For directions to the funeral home or to offer words of comfort to Frank's family, visit www.yanaitisfuneralhome.com.
Yanaitis Funeral Home
55 Stark St Plains, PA 18705
Published in Times Leader on Sept. 26, 2013