Andrew William Klahn, 22, of Longwood, Florida, passed away on Saturday, May 10 2014. He was a passenger in an automobile accident in Orlando, Florida. Andrew was born on February 3, 1992 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan into the family of Lynn H. Klahn, Jay D. Klahn and sister Alli. He spent the first couple of years of his life in Birmingham, Michigan in a quiet neighborhood near Oakland Hills Country Club. The 17th hole would become the scene of his first accident causing a trip back to Beaumont for stitches due to a sledding accident with his Dad and sister, Alli. He was christened in Birmingham and was fond of his next...
Andrew William Klahn, 22, of Longwood, Florida, passed away on Saturday, May 10 2014. He was a passenger in an automobile accident in Orlando, Florida.
Andrew was born on February 3, 1992 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan into the family of Lynn H. Klahn, Jay D. Klahn and sister Alli. He spent the first couple of years of his life in Birmingham, Michigan in a quiet neighborhood near Oakland Hills Country Club. The 17th hole would become the scene of his first accident causing a trip back to Beaumont for stitches due to a sledding accident with his Dad and sister, Alli.
He was christened in Birmingham and was fond of his next door neighbors, Doctor Dick and Mary, who treated him like family. He often played in their giant sunflower maze and also helped his mom and dad in the squash and pumpkin garden.
The family moved to Overland Park, Kansas in the winter of 1994 and they found some of the best friends and neighbors of their lives. Andrews’s best first friend was Meggie. They became inseparable and the parents became our best friends as well.
In Kansas, Andrew started school and learned to play golf, soccer and t-ball. The atmosphere in Kansas was perfect for his early childhood with true midwestern values.
In 1998, the family was transferred to Southern California and moved to a slice of heaven called Coto de Caza. Here, Andrew adapted to the climate instantly by almost never wearing shoes. He met his new best friend, Parker at school and they became buddies for years to come. In California, Andrew continued to improve his golf skills; started Little League Baseball coached by Dad, and learned to play the violin. He got to visit a lot of the state: skiing at Mammoth, playing the Peter Hay course at Pebble Beach, riding the wooden roller coaster at Santa Cruz and spending lots of fun Sundays at Laguna Beach with the family. Our most special memories took place at Anaheim Stadium, where the family became Angel fans with Uncle Gary and Aunt Vicki and saw all of the 2002 World Series games.
Andrew and the family moved back to Michigan for a short time in 2003 and moved to Northville, where he began middle school. There, he played football for the first time and became close friends with Brian. The family lived on the golf course in Northville, so of course, the golf game continued to improve. Andrew also continued to play baseball and was an easy pick for the Northville Broncos travel team coached by Terry. Terry, a psychologist, saw Andrew’s true talent and character and told Lynn that Andrew would one day become an excellent leader and manager. One of Andrew’s most cherished trips while living back in Michigan was driving to The Cooperstown Dream Park, an invitational baseball tournament that lasted for a week. There, the team competed against teams from all over the country and bunked in a barracks similar to an army camp. A great team building event for fathers and sons.
In 2005, the family moved in mid school year to Longwood, Florida. Andrew attended Lake Mary High School with his sister, Alli, and they shared Grandpa Klahn’s beautiful 1996 Ford Aerostar Van for their transportation. Andrew also found another travel baseball team coached by Mark and enjoyed several seasons with the team. Andrew played football his freshman year at LMHS, but due to a head injury, he ended up with a short football career. It also impacted his baseball, so he turned to weightlifting and working out at the gym. During his time at LMHS, Andrew, who was an avid newspaper reader and interested in current affairs, was President of the Republican Club and was proud that he was “Raised Right”, as shown on the tee shirts he made for the club. Andrew went on to graduate with honors in 2010 and was even nominated to West Point and the Air Force Academy by Congressman John Mica. One of Andrew’s most enjoyed moments in high school occurred after his junior year, when he and his dad toured Germany for 10 days and sought out some of their heritage. Andrew lived by the creed the “You can always tell a German, but you can’t tell him much.”
In 2010, Andrew was accepted to the University of Florida, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics on May 4, 2014. During his time at UF, Andrew became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and lived in the house for two of his fours years at UF. He loved his Sigma Chi brothers and formed many great relationships. Prior to his death, Andrew had been in the Combined Masters Program at UF and had been accepted for a summer internship with Ford Motor Company in Chicago.
Andrew is survived by his parents, Lynn and Jay Klahn of Longwood, Florida; his sister Alli, of New York City and his Grandparents, Cathy and Bill Hohlstein of Atlanta, Georgia and Sarasota, Florida. He is also survived by his Aunt Vicki and Uncle Gary Klahn of Camarillo, California and cousins Sean, Lisa, Kristy and Jeff; Aunt Gayle and Uncle Simon VanWagenen of Orange Park, Florida and cousins Dale, Jay and Kim; Aunt Dale and Uncle Kurt Hohlstein of Atlanta, Georgia and cousins Victoria and Alexandria; Aunt Kathleen and Uncle Chris Hohlstein of Atlanta, Georgia and cousins Chris and Henry.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held at 2PM on Saturday, May 17th at Markham Woods Presbyterian Church, located at 5210 Markham Woods Road, Lake Mary, Florida. A reception will be held immediately following in Anderson Hall. The Baldwin-Fairchild Oaklawn Funeral Home, Sanford, Florida is making arrangements and can be reached at 407-322-4263 or at http://tinyurl.com/AndrewKlahn.
Anyone that would like to leave the family an email message, photo, memory, etc. can use the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Memorial Fund in Andrew’s name has been established with the Children’s Miracle Network, a charity of Sigma Chi Fraternity of the University of Florida at http://donate.giving.ufhealth.org/klahn.
Out of town friends and family please make accommodations at:
The Hyatt Place Lake Mary/Orlando North
1255 South International Parkway
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Marriott Residence Inn
825 Heathrow Park Ln.
Lake Mary, Fl 32746