Remembering Navy Yard shooting victim Frank Kohler


The family of Navy Yard shooting victim Frank Kohler is celebrating his life and want to share what great and loving person Frank was. They sent me this biography…I hope you will take a moment to read it.

Frank grew up in Zelienople, PA, a small town that has great ties to the community and strong Christian values.  Frank has a large loving family of 1 brother and  3 sisters.  His father (Raymond Kohler) worked hard doing shift work in the steel mills to make sure that his children had all the opportunities in life.    His mother ‘s (Patricia Jean)  father (Grandfather) was a WWI Veteran, his uncle was an Army Pilot during WWII and was killed in a plane crash, and there were other uncles who also serve in the Armed forces defending this nation.  As result, this left an impact on Frank’s life and he too wanted to support our great nation.

Frank earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Slippery Rock University and an Associates of Science from Penn State.  On September 19, 1987, he married his best friend and soul mate, Michelle Kohler. Together, they spent 26 wonderful years living life to the fullest.  He enjoyed traveling, golfing and was an avid outdoorsman.  He was the glue that held together the Orbisonia Deer Club, a hunting club his grandfather founded 1892.   He was a strong believer in supporting the community, and was an active member of Lexington Park Rotary Club for 16 years.

He was self-employed as a subject matter expert (SME) for Navy Marine Corps Intranet project.  He provided support to the Government for over 27 years.

In addition to his parents and wife, Frank is survived by his children, Meghan Kohler and Alexandra Kohler who are currently attending Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and Se Weon Chun, who is currently attending University of Washington.  Se Weon Chun is their International Student who lived with us for three years, who is considered to be Frank’s son.  Frank’s is survived by four siblings Harvey Kohler (Peggy) of Zelienople, PA, Patricia Grubbs (Dave) of Evans City, PA, Carolyn Huttinger (Mike) of Zelienople, PA, and Rhoda Kohler of Greencastle, PA; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

Frank Kohler was loyal, loving, kind, a people person, compassionate to others, humble and proud to be an American.  He was a Christian that exhibited the values of “service above self”.  The joy he brought to others’ lives and the example that he set was unprecedented.  He was a Rotarian for 16 years.  He was a Pittsburgh Steelers Fan for life.  He was a Family Man that was always there for his girls, mom, dad, brothers, and sisters.

The grief and the loss that this has brought to this family is un-describable.  This is a tragedy that no one could have prevented.  We do not hold the Shooters family responsible for this horrific senseless act.  We can only hope that God will provide peace and closure for us all.  We are a United Nation under God.  Thru our strength and unity as a Nation we will overcome.