Victim in Washington Navy Yard shooting was '85 Slippery Rock grad
By Rick Wills
Published: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, 2:42 p.m.
One of the 12 victims killed during the shooting rampage Monday at the Washington Navy Yard graduated from Slippery Rock University in Butler County and grew up Zelienople.
Frank Kohler, 50, of Tall Timbers, Md., graduated in December 1985 with a bachelor's degree in computer science, said Rita Abent, a university spokeswoman. He lived in Zelienople while attending college.
News of Kohler's death shocked people in the small borough where he grew up and where his parents and brother still live.
“When you have a national tragedy, you don't think it will affect people you know. This is very sad and poignant,” said Don Pepe, borough manager of Zelienople.
Kohler is one of five children. He was a graduate of Seneca Valley High School.
A relative in Zelienople declined to comment on the family's behalf. A Navy spokesperson said Kohler worked as an independent contractor and was at the Navy Yard for a meeting.
Kohler's older brother, Harvey Kohler, is superintendent of Zelienople's electrical power department. He and his wife traveled Monday night to Maryland, Pepe said.
“Harvey has worked for the borough for a long time. Everyone is saddened about this,” Pepe said. “Harvey told me yesterday morning that he knew his brother was at the Navy Yard. He called Monday night to say that his brother had passed away.”
Pepe did not know Frank Kohler but said he heard about him over many years from his brother.
Frank Kohler and his wife, Michelle, are listed as vice president and president, respectively, of Computer Management Systems Inc., based in Tall Timbers. A LinkedIn profile identifies Frank Kohler as a senior system engineer.
He was a past president of the Rotary Club in Lexington Park, Md.
Kohler lived on the banks of Herring Creek in Tall Timbers, on the Chesapeake Bay. Neighbor Joyce Mori told The Associated Press that Kohler had two college-age children.
“Frank and Michelle work, so we never see them,” said Mori, whose husband once tried to buy an old jet ski from Kohler, only to have Kohler give it to him instead. “On weekends they have a boat and a pool, and they go water-skiing. It looks like they have friends over all the time. It just seems like they're a good family.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story. Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or rwills@ tribweb.com.
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