Francis F. Drexler, age 62, of Wernersville, passed away Thursday, July 11th, 2013 at the Reading Hospital.
He was the husband of Susan E. (Christy) Drexler. They were married 38 years. Born in Reading, on December 25, 1950, he was the son of the late Francis and Rosemary (Rauen) Drexler.
He graduated from Central Catholic High School, class of 1968 and earned an associate degree in business from St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, OK.
Fran joined the Reading Police Department in 1974. He spent the first five years as a patrolman, then moved to a high crime unit, serving as a plainclothes officer for two years. Most of his career as an officer and a sergeant was spent in the vice and narcotics section and in criminal investigations. He was promoted to captain in 1992. At various times, Captain Drexler was in charge of uniformed patrol platoons, the vice section, and the criminal investigations section. Before his retirement in November of 2011, he was an Inspector commanding the entire Criminal Investigation Division.
Inspector Drexler was awarded numerous commendations during his career, including the Medal of Merit and two awards for outstanding community service. He was a long term volunteer board member of the Berks County Council on Chemical Abuse. He had also been an instructor at the Reading Police Academy for 25 years. He particularly took pride in teaching recruits about search and seizure laws and procedures.
Fran enjoyed fishing, reading a good book, and was an avid Philadelphia sports fan, especially the Philadelphia Eagles. He also liked to attract and feed hummingbirds.
In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons, Jonathan P. Drexler husband of Jessica, Sinking Spring; and Thomas A. Drexler, Wernersville; two grandsons, Jon and Jake; and a sister, Veronica Drexler, Wernersville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 15th, at 11:30am at St. Francis DeSales Church, 321 N. Church St., Robesonia, with Father Mark Wrightson officiating. Interment will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery.
A viewing will be held Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00pm at the Lamm & Witman Funeral Home, Inc., 243 W. Penn Ave., Wernersville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693.
Online condolences may be made at www.lammandwitman.com