Saying Good-bye to an American War Hero

It was standing room only at Summit Christian Church as family and friends came to remember U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Frank Zaehringer, died in Afghanistan on October 11th.  Zaehringer was killed by an improvised explosive device, while leading a combat patrol in Helmand province.

“He was a soldier,” memorial speaker Rick Revigilo said, “an American war hero.”

Between those who spoke in Zaehringer’s memory, images from his life were played on three large screens at the front of the church. Mourners saw him grow in those pictures from a young boy on Santa’s lap, to his high school graduation, to wearing the uniform of a United States Marine.

During the service, those close to him spoke of his love for his family, his active lifestyle, and his sense of humor. Zaehringer grew up in Reno, and graduated from Wooster High School in 2005, where he was on the baseball team.

“Frank showed himself to be a rare individual, endowed with intelligence, warmth, common sense, and an intense desire to give of himself for others,” Wooster High Baseball Coach Ron Malcolm said.

In his honor, the school has renamed the Wooster baseball team’s “Hustle Award” the “Frank Zaehringer Award.”

Sergeant Zaehringer was remembered as a dedicated family man, to his wife, Cassie, her two children, his parents, Frank Jr. and Sharon, and sister, Nicole Scott, her husband Jason and his niece and nephew. His parents were presented with a Gold Star Banner, followed by the presentation of colors, a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps.”

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