A Zelienople family lost one of its own Monday when a gunman opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard.
Frank Kohler, 50, was the youngest of five children in a "very close family" that grew up in the Butler County town located 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, said Don Pepe, the borough manager.
The Slippery Rock University graduate, a husband and father of two, was one of 12 people killed Monday morning when a gunman opened fire inside an office building at the naval complex in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Kohler's oldest sibling, Harvey Kohler, is the electric department superintendent for the borough, and on Monday evening, Mr. Pepe went to visit his employee after the family received the tragic news.
Mr. Pepe said Harvey Kohler told him his brother did not work at the Navy Yard, but that his job took him there occasionally. Monday happened to be one of those days.
"Obviously, they're devastated," said Mr. Pepe, who never met Frank Kohler, but had heard about him through his brother. "You've got 12 families that are absolutely devastated."
Mr. Kohler worked for Information Concepts in Management, LLC, a subcontractor for the systems integration company TWD & Associates, Inc., the Arlington, Va., company said Tuesday in a statement. He had been working on a project for Naval Sea Systems Command for almost two years. He supported the Navy Marine Corps Intranet project, "ensuring that the enterprise has the computing resources it needs and assisting the command in planning its future desktop computing requirements," the TWD statement said.
Mr. Pepe said Harvey Kohler and his wife departed Zelienople on Tuesday night, bound for his brother's home in southern Maryland.
Frank Kohler studied computer science at Slippery Rock University and graduated in 1985, school spokesman Karl Schwab said. Mr. Kohler's wife, Michelle, also studied computer science and graduated the following year.
Alumni records indicate that Mr. Kohler lived in Tall Timbers, Md., near Chesapeake Bay, about 70 miles south of Washington, Mr. Schwab said.
Bob Allen, Mr. Kohler's former boss at Lockheed Martin in southern Maryland, told The Associated Press that Mr. Kohler was a Steelers fan and an avid golfer. Mr. Allen said Mr. Kohler was the father of two college-age daughters and that he and his wife lived on the water and loved to boat and fish.
Mr. Kohler was a past president of the Rotary Club of Lexington Park, Md., and he remained involved in the club, especially in organizing its annual oyster festival, said Jack Pappas, the board president, who called Mr. Kohler "a good family man" and a "good neighbor."
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