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OBITUARY

Bobby Lewis Wren

September 18, 1941October 25, 2019
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Bobby Lewis Wren, 78, passed away on October 25, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his family. Bobby, the middle of three sons, was born on September 18, 1941, near Stanton, TX to Chalmer and Marguerite Wren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Glen, sisters-in-law Mona and Kathy Wren, Shirley Berry and father-in-law Charles White.

Bobby is survived by his loving wife, Lynn, of 43 years, daughters Dr. Allison Higgins and husband Scott, Mary Michelle Cangahuala and husband David, son Christopher Wren and wife Mari Noga. He was blessed with three grandchildren Rachel and Chloe Higgins and Vincent Wren. Bobby is also survived by his brother Chalmer Wren II and wife Norma, sister-in-law Ada Wren, mother-in-law Georgia White, sister and brother-in-law Geneva and Lee Knight, brother-in-law Rick Berry and many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Bobby grew up on the family cotton farm in West Texas. To escape the "boredom of farm life", Bobby's words, he discovered the love of reading and music. Bobby was a member and Drum Major of the Stanton High School Buffalo Band, where he played the Bari Saxophone and his passion for music grew. Upon graduation, in 1959, he left the farm for Marine boot camp and became a member of the First and Second Division Marine Corps Bands, where he proudly served as a Corporal E4. The band performed across the US and Far East, where he especially enjoyed his time in Okinawa. After marching in many parades for retiring generals, Bobby decided he wanted more and took the college entrance exam. Then in 1962, he attended the University of Texas where he began a long and prosperous career in Music Education.

Bobby earned his Bachelor of Music Degree and TX Teacher Certificate from UT and a Master of Education Degree in Supervision, from Sam Houston State University. His teaching career began in 1966 in Temple. From there, he taught at Richardson Jr. High. Then in 1974, he became the Band Director, at Spring Woods High School, where he taught until his retirement in 1996. The Jr and Sr high school bands Bobby directed during his career were recognized across the state and nation. A highlight of Bobby's 22 year tenure at Spring Woods HS was having the Symphonic Band chosen to perform twice at the Mid-West National Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, and at the Mid-East Instrumental Music Conference in Pittsburgh. He was able to inspire his students to perform with emotion by making personal connections with the music. Bobby was awarded the National Band Association's "Citation of Excellence" for an outstanding contribution to bands and band music, the Orff Schulwerk Certification from the University of Houston and Teacher of the Year at Richardson Jr. High. When Bobby retired after 30 years of working in the public school system, he started the band program at First Baptist Academy. In 2001, he taught elementary music in Alief ISD. That same year Bobby became the director of the Pearland Community Band, where he brought his wealth of knowledge and experience to a group of musicians playing throughout the community.

Bobby and Lynn enjoyed going to movies, traveling to Hawaii, vacations with the children and family, and visiting with the grandchildren. Bobby was very proud of his children's and grandchildren's accomplishments. A conversation with Bobby always included an update on what the children/grandchildren were doing. Naturally, he was very proud of all their musical talents. Although Bobby's spiritual foundation began in the Baptist Church, after his marriage to Lynn White, on Dec. 21, 1975, he became involved and later joined Fair Haven United Methodist Church. He shared his Christian values in various capacities from Boy's Choir Director, Sunday school teacher, Lay Leader, and usher. The three determining traits that defined Bobby were is his faith in the Lord, his family, and passion for music. In memory of Bobby, donations may be made to Hungry for Music (www.hungryformusic.org), which gives instruments to children in need.

Family and friends will gather and celebrate Bobby's wonderful life during a memorial service at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, in the sanctuary of Fair Haven United Methodist Church, 1330 Gessner in Houston, 77055, where a reception will follow for those attending.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 2, 2019

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Gary Anderson

November 18, 2019

I’m not going to lie-I didn’t always have the greatest relationship with Bobby Wren. I was difficult and he didn’t let me get away with it. In retrospect, and even at the time, I really respected what he did for all of us. He set a high bar and challenged us to meet it. God speed, Mr. Wren and thank you.

Daniella Fay

November 3, 2019

Bobby was the director of the Pearland Community Band when I joined as a new mother who had only recently arrived in the USA. Bobby sent me confusing directions and I was late to my first rehearsal! At the time we were playing at the San Jacinto College. He was kind and welcoming, and he laughed at my British accent. He always thought I said his name in a funny way. I took a short break from band after my second son was born, and it was Bobby who encouraged me to return. In fact he called me and told me "we need you to come back" which as it turned out was exactly what I needed too. Rest in Peace, Bobby!

Rebecca Hart

November 2, 2019

I remember Mr. Wren as the best band director we ever had. I was in High School at Spring Woods in 1975-1979. We were privileged to have him as our instructor, educator, band director, motivator, and encourager. He took us to the Midwest National Band Competition in Chicago and insisted on excellence. He got us all to take private lessons and work hard for solo and ensemble contest. We were great because of him. The success of our Symphonic Band back in the day was definitely because of Mr. Wren. We all miss him and I wish I were there at the funeral. he will be sorely missed. He touched so many of our lives. I just had my 40 year reunion and was happy to share memories of Band back then and of course, memories of Mr. Wren. Rest in Peace.

Cynthia Steele (Hejtmancik)

November 1, 2019

I am so saddened to hear of Mr. Wren’s passing. He and the entire Spring Woods Band have been in my thoughts lately as my son prepares to continue his band experience into high school next year. As I help him navigate through his own band journey, I’ve been able to pass down the skills, values and discipline that Mr. Wren instilled in myself and all of his students. His positive influence continues to impact young musicians, even if it’s not directly. The band community has lost a great one, and he will be missed. My condolences to his family.

Maureen Bouffard

October 31, 2019

Fellow faculty member. Bobby was an excellent teacher and friend.

Lisa Kennedy (Mauldin)

October 31, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Wren's passing. Band was so important to me in high school and Mr. Wren was an amazing director. He cared about his band students so much, and he wanted to help us be the best we could be. I have so many cherished memories from marching band and band trips.
My prayers will be for his family and friends during this time.

Jennifer Vaughn

October 30, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Wren's passing. I have such fond memories of him during my high school band days at Spring Woods. He was sometimes frustrated with us (always justified) but we all knew he wanted the best for us and from us. He had such a big heart and I can still picture him with his baton directing us to greatness! My sincerest condolences to his family. He will most definitely be missed.

Shannon Foster

October 30, 2019

Mr. Wren was a wonderful band director, teacher, mentor and support for me at Spring Woods HS and through the years. I have many cherished memories that i will never forget Sending thoughts and prayers. My sincere condolences to the family.

Dawn Mouton (Ceyba)

October 30, 2019

The impact that Mr Wren had on my teenage life cannot be explained in mere words. He encouraged me when I was down on myself. He supported me when I felt I had none. He lifted me up and made me stronger. He was so much more than just a teacher. His presence in this world will be greatly missed. My daughter is in color guard at her high school and watching the band perform just fills my heart with happy memories because of Mr. Wren. God Bless and my prayers to his family.

Jeffrey Benzick

October 30, 2019

Heaven is real, and one of its bands is about to sound even better. Please accept my family's most sincere condolences. Mr. Wren was and is a class act.

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