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Claude Theron Wren, 96, of Blackfoot passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at The Willows Care Facility in Blackfoot.
Claude was born on May 27, 1916 in Sugar City.Â He was the second of 12 children born to Theron Field and Eltha Marie Ricks Wren, He was raised in the Ririe area and later moved to the Blackfoot area with his family.Â Claude graduated from Blackfoot High School and later took some classes through the VoTech Program at Idaho State University.
Claude married Irene McDaniel on Sept. 21, 1940 in Blackfoot.Â Their union was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.Â Together they raised four daughters: Sharon, Marilyn, Janet and Cathy.
Claude was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He was very supportive to the 4-H program and was very instrumental in purchasing the 4-H Camp in the Alpine, Wyo., area.Â He spent many years taking 4-H members from many counties to camp.Â The highlight of several summers was taking the 4-H teens to Club Congress in Moscow.
Claude owned and operated a bus fleet for 31 years.Â He was one of the first to install an AM radio in a school bus in Idaho.Â He also was one of the first bus contractors to include a highway traveler/coach to transport smaller groups such as high school athletic teams.Â At the height of his business he had a fleet of 18 contracted buses.Â He was busy summer and winter, as well as days and nights.Â Claude also worked at Magneto Service for 15 years.Â It was there he acquired his skills as an auto mechanic.
After selling his bus fleet he went on to a second career working for the City of Blackfoot at the water department.Â Claude had a final career as an independent salvage hauler.Â He never intended to retire but at the age of 93, he developed some health problems that required a different lifestyle.
He lived his last years back in the Riverton area to renew old friendships and enjoy relationships with family.
Claude is survived by three daughters, Marilyn (Reed) Weiser of Blackfoot, Janet (Rick) Moysh of Blackfoot, and Cathy Eames of Chubbuck; a sister, Colleen Wood of Chubbuck; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene and a daughter, Sharon.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling in Blackfoot.Â The family will greet with friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening and again on Saturday for one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Grove City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the LDS Humanitarian Fund or a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org. Â Â Â