Claudie Coree Wren of Gunnison went to be with his Lord on April 3, 2010, at the Gunnison Health Care Center Living Community. He was born August 21, 1919 in Iola (Grimes Co.) Texas, to Claud and Reeda Wren.
A graduate of Iola High School in 1936. He attended Westminster Junior College in Tehuacana, Texas; was employed by Southern Pacific Railroad, when drafted into the U.S. Army on Jan. 1, 1942. He was stationed in Arkansas, California, the Aleutian Islands, Alaska and Texas over the next two years.
In June 28, 1944, Claudie married Doris Ethel Isbell in Navasota, Texas – the late Rev. Wayne Mc Cleskey. On Dec. 10th of that year he boarded Queen Mary in New York, attached to the 9th Army Division. He spent the rest of WWII in Europe before re-crossing the Atlantic on the Queen Mary docking in Boston, Mass. Sgt. Wren was discharged in San Antonio, Texas Oct. 1945. His honors included an APTO ribbon with two Bronze Stars; an ETO ribbon with two Bronze Stars, and a Good Conduct Medal. His name is engraved on the Brazes Valley Veterans Memorial in College Station, Texas.
He returned to college at A&M University on the GI Bill – major P.E. – class 1950. His employment included the Bryan U.S. Post office; and part time with Athletic & Registration Depts. at Texas A&M. In 1962 he joined the Army Reserve Center (Administrative Clerk) in Bryan; and was attached to 420th Engr Brigade. The lat Gen. Earle Rudder pinned his CWO-4 bars on. Claudie retired in 1979.
He made profession of faith at age nine in United Methodist Church Iola, Texas. In 1952 was baptized in the Baptist faith by the late Dr. Frank Pitts, in Central Baptist Church, Bryan TX. He served as deacon, usher; taught in 4th grade Sunday school class; enjoyed “young at heart” and Travels. Volunteered with “Sunshine” Auxiliary College Station Medical Center many years – the late Rev. Mike Graham directed.
Claudie coached little league baseball at Bob Bond Park, Bryan, taking his team one year to District play-offs in Waco.
He loved to read and learn. He never missed an opportunity to help others: he loved his home town of Iola and maintained ownership of the family house for years after the passing of his parents. He remained lifelong friends with his Iola classmates, always attending reunions.
Claudie is former Commander of VFW Post 4692 in Bryan; and charter member of VFW Post 4006 in Navasota (Grimes Co.), Texas.
In 1999 Claudie and Doris moved to Washington Texas. Joined First Baptist Church, Navasota, and Claudie served as deacon emeritus, men’s Bible class. 2nd Thursday group. They enjoyed country life – fishing, miniature donkeys, riding golf carts, dog “Brownie”, beautiful blue bonnets and visits from “grands” and “greats” and other relatives and friends.
Claudie was preceded in death by his parents; his brother and sister-in-law, Troy and La Rue Wiggins Wren; his sister and brother-in-law Imogene and G.C. Williams; and Sister Dorothy Darby.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Doris Ethel Wren; sons Gary (Jan) Wren of Gunnison and Billy (Michelle) Wren of Spring, Texas; grandchildren Kevin Wren, Adam Wren, Melissa Wren, Aaron Wren, Nathan Wren, Caleb Wren, Alesha Wren, Desha Futrell, Sean Wren and Jami Echols; and great-grandchildren Jaclyn Martinez, Elise Echols, Luke Wren, Zoe Futrell, Cadence Echols, Mara Wren, Emalie Martinez and Simon Futrell. He is also survived by Sister Betty (Bevard) Keele, as well a host of loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family thanks all of the wonderful caregivers: Home Health, Hospice and Palliative Care of the Gunnison Valley, Meals on Wheels, the Gunnison Living Community, Dr. Jay McMurren and his staff and special nurse-friends Sally O’ Conner and Jeff Davis. They also thank members of Central Baptist Church in Bryan, Texas, for many prayergrams. “God bless you all.”
A funeral service was held April 8, 2010, 11 a.m. at the Gunnsion Health Care Center; Pastor Chris Leukenga officiating; Rev. Darrin Cowger, Tribute; Special music, Sally O’Conner; Desha and Steve Futrell; message and scripture reading, Pastor Chris.
Pallbearers Aaron, Caleb, Jordan, Kevin and Nathan Wren of spring, Texas. Sean Wren, Gunnison, Colorado. Honorary pallbearers Dr. Jim Barron, Jeffrey Davis, Steve Futrell of Gunnison , Colorado. Gene Curtis Darby, Buffalo, Texas. Laney Keele, Pearland, Texas, William Earle Wren, College Station, Texas. Buck O. Isbell, Washington, Texas and Adam Wren, Spring, Texas. Laid to rest in Gunnison Cemetery.
Arrangements by LeChot Funeral Home. Military Honors VFW Post 4267 and American Legion Post 54. Taps by Stephen Futrell and Bryson Held.
The family requests memorial gifts to Hospice and Palliative Care, 509 W. Virginia, Gunnison, Co. 81230 or a charity of your choice.