SPC Thomas “Andy” Freyer

SPC Thomas "Andy" Freyer

March 29th, 1959 - April 3rd, 2016

Andy passed away on May 3rd, 2016, at the age of 57. Andy served 9 years in the Army. Andy deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Storm as part of the HHC, 317th Engineer Battalion. Andy is buried at Fairview Cemetery in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania. Andy is survived by his wife; Peggy, son; Matthew, and daughter; Katie. Peggy and Matthew are in attendance today to honor Andy’s memory. Andy had been looking forward to this reunion with his brothers-in-arms.


Thomas Anderson “Andy” Freyer, 57, Martinsburg, passed away Sunday morning at his home.

He was born in Punxsutawney, son of Isaac Anderson and Lois Jean (Weber) Freyer. His father, Isaac preceded him in death. Andy married Peggy S. Wright on June 4, 1983 in Fort Smith, AK.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 33 years; his mother of Philadelphia; a son, Matthew Anderson Freyer (Sarah) of Martinsburg; a daughter, Katie M. Freyer (fiancé Mark Zimmerman) of Gatesburg; 2 grandchildren: Sadie Mai Freyer and Brantley J. Zimmerman; 2 brothers: James (Gloria) of Clearfield and David (Kathy) of Guthrie, KY; 3 sisters: Lois Donmoyer (Walter) of Kylertown, Apryle Barrett (Randy) of Bell’s Landing, and Jane Seaburn (Dan) of Curwensville.

Andy was a 1978 graduate of Curwensville Area High School and was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Martinsburg.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of Operation Desert Storm, serving in the 317th Engineer Battalion, attaining the rank of specialist with a total of 9 years of service.

Andy was currently employed as a mechanic and truck driver with Forshey’s Ag & Industrial, Martinsburg.

He was an active member of the D. Merl Tipton V.F.W. Post 43, Martinsburg and also volunteered at the VA Hospital, Altoona. Andy was a strong supporter of various veteran organizations and causes and had traveled numerous times to assist at Arlington Cemetery with Wreaths across America.

Andy loved spending time with his grandchildren and also enjoyed hunting, spending time in the outdoors, and collecting 1/64th scale farm toys.

Friends will be received from 5-8 pm, Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Martinsburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 am, Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the church with Pastor Judith E. Simonson officiating.

Interment with full military honors will be held at Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg.

The family prefers memorial contributions be given to the National Desert Storm War Memorial or Wreaths across America.

Arrangements are by John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg.

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Peggy Freyer Peggy Freyer wrote on July 14, 2016 at 11:39 am
I want to take this opportunity to write a few words . Serving in Desert Storm with you guys was something that Andy was so proud of. Up until recently he never spoke of that time. Reconnecting with you all was great therapy and changed his whole demeanor. He cared about you all and was so looking forward to the reunion. Please carry good memories of him and know that you have my never ending thanks for being a part of that time in his life and I can't thank you enough for your service. Each and every one of you has s special place in my heart.
Sue Bartolotto (Sutton) Sue Bartolotto (Sutton) wrote on July 14, 2016 at 11:38 am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Peggy. My cousin Andy is a great guy. Thanks for your service Andy....and thanks to the rest of the 317th and our service members!