Franklin Eckley

Franklin D. "Bernie" Eckley

Saturday, July 9th, 1949 - Tuesday, January 5th, 2021
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Franklin D. “Bernie” Eckley, 71, of Bellefonte passed away at Mount Nittany Medical Center on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Frank was born in Bellefonte on July 9, 1949. Surviving at home is his wife Susan K. Sassman Eckley. Susan was his high school sweetheart, and they shared 49 close years together. Along with his wife he is survived by his daughter, Emily Eckley of Zion, his brother, Donald (Sally) Eckley of Butler and his sister, Deb Eckley-Wilson of Bellefonte. Frank is also survived by his brother-in-law Doug Sassman and his wife Cindy of Bellefonte. He was pre-deceased by his parents Donald and Elga Georgiva Eckley and his brother Fred Eckley.
Frank was a 1967 graduate of Bellefonte High School. All of Frank’s work life involved the development and production of electronic piezo ceramics. He was co-founder of Nittany Piezo Ceramics in Bellefonte and also American Piezo Ceramics, Inc. He was a life-member of the Bellefonte Elks Lodge #1094. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, trips to camp, mind puzzles and watching Penn State and Pittsburgh sports. He was an avid reader and enjoyed rides in the country with his family. Frank was of the Protestant faith.
Services and burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, 1375 Martin Street, Suite 206, State College, PA 16803 or St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in memory of Franklin D. Eckley.

Arrangement are under the direction of the Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Inc., 201 Spring Street, Milesburg. An online guest book may be signed and condolences sent to the family at
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Sonny Fletemake

Posted at 10:00am
Sue and Emily,
I was saddened to hear about the passing of Frank. I have many fond memories of him during my years of barbering and playing pool. Frank especially had a fondness for my dad which I greatly appreciated. My condolences to both of you. God's speed in going forward in life.
Sonny Fletemake

Dallas Gallo

Posted at 04:13pm
Frank was a very good friend, golfing partner and boss. Very sorry for your loss.
Dallas Gallo

Darryl Davies

Posted at 02:59pm
So sorry to learn of Bernie's passing. We will miss seeing him across the street and talking Penn State football. He was our good neighbor for over 30 years and will be missed.

The Davies Family

Suzanne Lamb

Posted at 11:06am
Dear Susan and Emily,

I am so sorry you lost your dear husband and father. I am glad you had 49 years with Frank. I fondly remember our fun and interesting days at the Academy Apartments in Bellefonte. May God Bless and Keep You and Your Family.

Suzanne Shaner Lamb
Foxdale Retirement Village
500 East Marylyn Avenue
Cottage E-65
State College, PA 16801

Pamela Dunn

Posted at 03:32pm
Dear Sue & Emily,
I am so sorry for your loss.
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Pam Dunn

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