Wren Landon Aber

March 15, 1942November 18, 2012

Wren Aber, Community Leader Dies at Age 70

After 70 years of dedicating his life to church, family, and community, Wren Landon Aber of Windermere, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 18. He was born in Hillsboro, Ohio, March 15, 1942 to Ulric Edwin Aber and Lucile Fawley Aber. After graduating Lynchburg (Ohio) High School, he attended Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree in journalism. Early in his career, he was an AP wire editor in Charleston, WV and a director of Branch Information for Ohio University. He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army 6th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Meade, MD during the Vietnam years. He started a 30-year career with General Electric Co. in Fort Wayne, IN; was a communications programs manager for GE’s in-house advertising agency, serving in Oak Brook, IL and Stamford, CT; went on to be a manager of communications programs for GE’s worldwide Apparatus Service Division in Schenectady, NY; and moved with his family to Florida in 1983 as manager of GE’s Horizons Pavilion at Epcot until 1993. After retirement from GE, he started The Wren Aber Management Team, a consulting firm for companies working with theme parks. Being a man of tremendous faith, Wren was ever involved in his church, Trinity Lutheran Downtown, as a choir member, past-president and chairman of the Century II Building Task Force. Previously, he was a charter member, president and choir member at Christ The King Lutheran Church near Windermere. He was a long-time member and president of the board of the Florida Safety Council in Orlando; a board member of the International Association of Jazz Educators; founded a 25+-year-old golf social club; played many instruments, including piano on national television with the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour; and was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. Wren was a passionate leader, community servant, a dreamer and a doer, and smiled most when he was surrounded by those he loved: his wife of 42 years, Kathy Hawley Aber; his three children: Meredith Leigh and son-in-law D.K. Robertson of Land O’ Lakes; Christopher Wren and daughter-in-law Jillian Aber of Windermere; and Matthew Landon Aber of Windermere; three grandchildren, Caroline Grace and James Landon Robertson and Eli Berkeley Aber. For a man who was known to be infrequently idle, he is now able to rest, surrounded by his loved ones in heaven. Funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 123 E. Livingston St., Orlando 32801 (407-422-5704) at 10 a.m. this Wednesday, Nov. 21. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Trinity Lutheran CDC Building Fund.


  • Memorial Services Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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Betty Deininger Fox

November 28, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Wren when we were in school at Lynchburg and spending time at Mrs. Mercer's house taking piano lessons. I know he will be missed by family and friends.

Rob Stuendel

November 23, 2012

Dear Kathy,

I'm so sorry to have missed Wren's funeral. After Wren's heart transplant it seemed every year God gave him was an extra blessing. His persistence and creativity will live on. I just sense him being more alive than ever now with our Savior and look forward to seeing him again in bliss. All my best for our Lord's comfort for you, Meredith, Christopher, Matthew and your extended family as you mourn with the blessed hope of reunion in Heaven.

With Love,


D Evans

November 22, 2012

Condolences to the Aber family. May peace from God be with you. Psalm 147:3

Jim Meade

November 21, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. The Safety Council has lost a great supporter and a wonderful friend.

Liz Dorsey Hill

November 21, 2012

Dear Kathy and family:

I am so sad to hear of Wren's passing. He was such a joy to know--he hired me at HORIZONS when I needed a break from singing--I'm sure most people thought he was crazy for doing so! What a blessing to have known him. I'm praying that wonderful memories will comfort you--and the knowledge that we WILL see him again!

November 21, 2012

Dear Kathy,

Very sorry about Wren. He is certainly a visionary.

Much Love and Prayers,

The Bruno Family

Susan Jackson

November 21, 2012

Dear Kathy and family,
I was so sad to learn of the sudden passing of your beloved Wren. I know your passion for healthcare improvement is driven by Wrens (and your) experiences. He will be missed greatly by family, friends, choir and by the church he devoted his life. I am so sorry to miss the celebration of his life and you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God and peace be with you.

Sally Strandquest

November 20, 2012

To the Aber family,

I know the goodness of Wren, through his son Matt, whom I work with. God be with you all - now during this difficult time, and later when it feels so still. Wren is your angel...we have another special angel.

God's blessings...

Lynda Transue

November 20, 2012

When I heard the news concerning Wren, my mind wandered back to the 1980's when we worked together at the GE Horizons Pavilion at EPCOT Center. As a former Disney employee, Wren and I shared a great working relationship during our 10 years at Horizons. In fact, everything I know about marketing my own personal business, I learned firsthand from Wren. He was a great mentor! Even though I can't attend the funeral, please know my heart is with you and your family.

November 20, 2012

Dear Kathy and family. I was so sad to hear of Wren's passing. I look back on many fond memory's of the "Horizon's crew" and what a time we had with Wren leading the team. It was my pleasure to have worked with Wren at Disney for several years and my husband Bill was a member in good standing of the "Floggers" golf league. Both of us were able to share in his wonderful sense of humor and generous nature. He will be missed. GOD Bless you and your family.

Bill and Pat Means, Oviedo, FL.