The Obit For Andy Frahler

Andrew Frahler

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on November 30, 2012

Commander Andrew L. Frahler, U.S.N. (Ret), born in Portland, Oregon, on December 4, 1923 to Andrew William and Sophie Kish Frahler, and long time resident of the Atlanta area, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

Beloved by his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, he was known for his sense of humor and love of his family but mostly for his love for Jesus Christ, who motivated all that he did.

He was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served on active duty from July, 1943 to September, 1967. He served aboard submarines, battleships, destroyers, and cruisers, plus served at shore stations from Washington, D. C. to Monterey, California.

He enjoyed two tours at the U.S Naval Academy where he served as an instructor and baseball coach. He also earned a master's of science degree in 1962 from the Naval Academy Post Graduate School. Following retirement, in 1967, as a commander in the Supply Corps at Great Lakes, Illinois, he worked for Holloway Candy Company in Chicago as Executive Vice President.

While in Illinois, he coached the Trinity College ice hockey team. The family moved to Atlanta in 1977 where he became the head of the business department and athletic director at Baptist University of America. Two years later he became assistant headmaster and athletic director at Mount Vernon Christian Academy. He then transferred to DeKalb Christian Academy where he taught science and math and coached the baseball team. He retired from DeKalb Christian Academy in 1989.

Cdr. Frahler was an ordained deacon and served in various capacities in Baptist churches in Maryland, California, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Illinois. In Atlanta, he taught Sunday school and served as chairman of the deacon body at First Baptist Church Atlanta. He and his wife of 63 years were more recently members of Norcross First Baptist Church.

After graduating from Benson Tech Institute in Portland he was awarded a scholarship to Oregon State University, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, but after a year's attendance, he was drafted into the U. S Army and was sent to Anniston, Alabama for basic training.

After being selected for the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, he went for pre-training at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. Within the year, he received and accepted an appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Andy was active in sports and baseball was his favorite. In 1940 he was named the most valuable player in American League Baseball in Oregon. In 1942, he was selected on the All-American team at the National Tournament in Wichita, Kansas. In 1943, he led the Oregon State College team to co-champions in the Pacific Coast Conference.

At the Naval Academy he was twice selected captain of the baseball team and was the first person to captain a major sport for two years. In his very first time at bat he hit a 3 run home run and his last time he hit a grand slam in a 10-0 victory over West Point. Later, while coaching at the Naval Academy, he played professional baseball in the Eastern Shore League.

In April of 2008, Cdr. Frahler was honored at the U.S. Naval Academy where they named the coach's baseball meeting room in the baseball stadium for him.

Cdr. Frahler met his wife, Claire Jennings Frahler, on a blind date at the Naval Academy the year after he graduated. They married on June 3, 1949 and began the adventure of raising four children while crisscrossing the nation for his various assignments.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Mary Claire Jennings Frahler of 63 years, son Donald Frahler, Captain U.S. N (Ret.), daughter Andrea Frahler Shupert, son Ronald Frahler, and daughter Marybeth Frahler Culbreth, their spouses, ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

He is predeceased by his brother, William Michael Frahler. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Norcross First Baptist at 11:00 in the morning; family will receive guests at 10:00.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship at

Cdr. Frahler will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D. C. at a later date.