Lampasas, Texas-native James Ray Wren (Sr.), 65, – a railroad worker for 40 years, father of four children and a Christian – died in Arlington Sunday, July 29, from an extremely aggressive type of early-onset dementia.
Funeral services for Mr. Wren will be at 10am Saturday, Aug. 4, in Sneed Funeral Chapel in Lampasas. An informal family visitation will precede the service. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lampasas.
With only minor memory challenges, Mr. Wren had been suffering from the dementia disease for more than two years. He was residing under hospice care in Arlington Residence and Rehabilitation Center at the time of his death and had previously lived in a Lampasas nursing home.
Mr. Wren was born Nov. 3, 1952, in Rollins-Brook Hospital in Lampasas, to Johnnie Mae Lunsford Wren and Worth S. Wren Sr.
After attending Lampasas public schools, Mr. Wren graduated from San Angelo Central High School in 1971. He later completed a bachelor’s degree in education at Angelo State University.
Mr. Wren, however, chose to follow his father’s career path into railroad maintenance-of-way work and joined the Santa Fe Railway Co. He stayed on with the company after it was merged into the Burlington Northern Railway Co.
With the Santa Fe and the BNSF, Mr. Wren worked variously as a machine operator, truck driver and trackman and sometimes in all three roles on railroad/track tie, rail, section and other crews at numerous locations across Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma and other states. During his career, he resided in several cities, including San Angelo and Stephenville. He retired from the BNSF in 2016 during medical leave.
Survivors include his four children, son, James R. “Jamie” Wren (Jr.) of Dallas; daughter Jennifer Wren White and her husband, Michael White, of Royce City; son, Michael Wren of San Angelo; and son, Christopher Wren of San Angelo; two grandchildren, Bryce and McKenzie White of Royce City; brother Worth Wren Jr. of Fort Worth; sister Ann Wren Harmon of Kempner; and brother Carl Wren of Manchaca, TX; several nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Sneed Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.