Richard William Frahler
Beloved by his family and friends, and admired by the Tigard and Sherwood communities at large, Dick Frahler stepped confidently into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 12, 2021.
Dick was born in Portland to Bill and Alva Frahler on March 9, 1946. He grew up in Metzger and graduated from Tigard High School in 1964 where he was a star football blocker and where he met the love of his life, Susan Moore, to whom he had been married 53 years. Growing up in a fishing and hunting family, Dick was an avid outdoorsman. He won fishing derbies and was a skillful hunter.
After attending Oregon State University, Dick excelled in the apprenticeship program for electricians, joined as a member of IBEW Local 48, rose to become a journeyman, and then became an electrical contractor, working at his dad's Tigard business, Frahler Electric Company. When his dad retired in 1981, Dick and his older brother Michael took over the business. Dick was President of the Oregon- Columbia Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association and honored as a Legacy Member. He volunteered in the development of NECA-IBEW's Electrical Training Center.
Dick was an active member of Tigard Rotary. He was recognized by Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow for outstanding service to his community and for furthering humanitarian efforts around the world.
With Dick's courageous spirit, he fought hard to win over every medical challenge. Three years ago, Dick beat AML through a transplant of stems cells from his younger sister Janine who felt blessed to be Dick's perfect match.
Dick's life exemplified kindness and generosity of spirit. We all carry wonderful memories about Dick -- his laughter, his good-natured and outgoing personality, the fun times we shared with him, and his sincere expression of selflessness. Dick lived his life well, caring for others, loving God, and showing the rest of us how to live.
Dick leaves behind his wife Susan; his children, Chelsea Frahler Etherington and Clint Frahler; his grandchildren, Cali Etherington, Asher Etherington, Audrey Frahler, C J Frahler, and Kate Frahler; his brother Michael Frahler; his sister Janine Frahler Schulwitz; and numerous nieces and nephews who love their Uncle Dick.
Private family interment at Gibbs Cemetery in Sherwood. Donations may be made in Dick's name to Doctors Without Borders or to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Portland. All are encouraged to register at BeTheMatch.org where you may have the opportunity to save a life through donation of your blood stem cells.