Gary Wayne Wren

January 23, 1951 – September 12, 2017

Gary Wayne Wren, 66, died Sept. 12, in Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He is survived by his brother, Dale Wren of Madill, Okla. Gary was born in Dallas, Texas, Jan. 24, 1951, to the late Harvey and Vera Wren. He resided in the long-time family home in Grand Prairie, Texas, many years and had resided in Grandview, Texas. During his young years Gary saw much of Texas. The family traveled often as his father, a Baptist preacher, conducted sermons in rural communities. They also traveled to visit relatives, including grandparents, the late Theo and Lora Wren, of Paris, Texas; and the late Hobart and Martha Humphries of Fort Worth, Texas. Vacation travels took the family to several places. Gary’s favorites were trips to the ocean in the Galveston, Texas area. The love of traveling stayed with Gary throughout his life and blended with a passion for antiquing. He graduated from Grand Prairie High School in 1969, attended college and worked a few years before opening his antique business in Dallas. After closing the store, he continued antiquing at shows in various states, including Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and his favorite, Florida. Gary’s travels led him to the Rose of Texas antique business in Warrenton, Texas, located near Round Top, Texas. He began featuring antiques there during annual shows. He completed his last show in the spring of 2017 and planned the fall event but was hospitalized before it began. Although traveling and antiquing were favorites, people always came first. Gary was filled with love and compassion for family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers. He often shared words of kindness, and encouragement. His sense of humor and quick wit added amusement to many gatherings. He had a generous heart and gave much to help others. Gary also loved animals, especially dogs. Along with antiquing, he had owned and operated a breeding and kennel business in Grandview. He had numerous canine companions throughout the years and with him at the end was Charm, a service dog trained for persons with impaired hearing. In addition to his brother and sister-in-law, Gary is survived by a niece, VJ Anderson, great-niece, Lynze Anderson; and numerous cousins and friends. As always, thinking of others, Gary was concerned about vendors scheduled for the fall event. His last request was to his brother, that no matter what, he would handle the fall antique show which ended Oct. 8. A memorial tribute was held Oct. 6 at the Rose of Texas. Following, there was an ash scattering commemoration at the graves of Dale and Gary’s parents in Arlington, Texas, and lastly at the Rose of Texas. Cremation arrangements were through Grand Prairie Funeral Home. In lieu of memorials, the family suggests donations to charities of choice. Gary’s companion “Charm” was provided by Service Dogs, Inc. Memorial information can be obtained at www.servicedogs.org.

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