DALLAS, TEXAS - Richard Freeman Wren was "promoted to glory" February 22, 2015. He was born June 10, 1920, in Thorndike, Maine, to his late parents, William Prescott and Mary Crocker Wren. He is now reunited with his late beloved wife, Marie Louise Hinson.
"Papa" is survived by his adored children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as many other relatives and friends that have loved him. His children include Dianne Wren Miller and her husband, Brad, Mary Wren Ewing and her husband, Bob, Rita Christine Wren and "adopted daughter," Ann Wilcox and her husband, Wayne. His treasured grandchildren include Carrie Miller Jewell and her husband, Michael, Matthew Miller and his wife, Bess, Brent Miller and his wife, Shea, Jessica Rydel and her husband, Peter, Christine Ewing, and Wren Conn. The great-grandchildren brought "Papa" many hours of joy, Olivia, Hammer and Raleigh Jewell, Madeleine and Morgan Miller, Connell Miller, Sander and Sidney Silverman, Connor and Caitlin Rydel. Richard is also survived by his brother, Robert Wren and his wife, Roberta; his sister-in-law, Charlene Wren; brothers-in-law, Rev. John Hinson and his wife, Bambi, and Dr. William Hinson and his wife, Bettye. He leaves behind numerous special church and neighborhood friends whom he loved.?"Dick" was raised on a dairy farm in Maine. He began his interest and training in aviation in 1941 attending Houlton Aviation School. He soloed his first flight on April 1, 1944, and served in the Navy during World War II on B-26 bombers. He met the love of his life while in the service and married Marie in Baltimore, Maryland, following his discharge while she was in nurse's training at John's Hopkins. He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine in 1950. Then he began an interesting and successful career with DuPont, American Locomotive and retiring from the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics in Groton, Connecticut. His love of trains and submarines was only surpassed by his love of antique Model T cars. When he graduated from high school his aunt Hattie gifted him with her original 1914 Model T. After retiring, Papa spent many hours restoring his car and driving it in numerous parades in Connecticut. He thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Dallas Model T club and their "Tuesday lunch" at McDonald's. Papa began his spiritual journey becoming a Christian at an early age, growing in his faith as he loved and served His Lord. He was a faithful church attender, a Sunday School teacher, a Deacon and a Gideon. His belief was that when someone passes, their life does not end but rather changes. He was confident that he was going to everlasting peace with his Lord Jesus Christ. While we grieve Papa's passing, with our sorrow comes the confidence he is in heaven and we will see him again. His life-long bible verse is John 3:16 " For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
A viewing will be held Friday, February 27, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX 75225. Services in Connecticut and Maine will follow at a later date.