Commander Andrew L. Frahler
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Commander Andrew L. Frahler, U.S.N. (Ret), born in Portland, Ore., on Dec. 4, 1923, to Andrew William and Sophie Kish Frahler, and longtime resident of the Atlanta area, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Nov. 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, Calif. He enjoyed two tours at the U.S Naval Academy where he served as an instructor and baseball coach. He also earned a masters 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, Ill., 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, Ala., 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, Md. 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 for the All-American team at the National Tournament in Wichita, Kan. 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 three-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 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 of 63 years, Mary Claire Jennings Frahler; son, Donald Frahler, Captain U.S.N. (Ret.); daughter, Andrea Frahler Shupert; son, Ronald Frahler; and daughter, Marybeth Frahler Culbreth; their spouses; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his brother, William Michael Frahler.

Funeral services will be held in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Norcross First Baptist at 11 a.m.; family will receive guests at 10 a.m.

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.

H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel,

Atlanta, GA (404) 851-9900.