Wren F. McGruder
Longtime Silt resident Wren F. McGruder, 83, died July 5, 2007, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Wren Franklin McGruder was born Jan. 9, 1924, in Meeker, the son of Elmer W. and Lura (Swarts) McGruder. He attended the Yellow Creek School near Meeker and later worked on many Meeker area ranches. In July of 1942, Wren entered the United States Army, and in May of 1944, he participated in D-Day 6 at Normandy Beach, serving in Germany until his discharge in 1945.Wren married Judy Vaughan March 10, 1949 in Grand Junction. They lived briefly in Grand Junction, Wyoming and then Montana, where Wren cleared timber for the Hungry Horse Dam. They returned to Colorado, where Wren worked first in the Rangely oil fields and then for Harp Transportation.The family moved to Garfield County In 1951. Wren worked for Union Carbide, retiring in 1980. During his retirement years, he continued to work for McGruder Septic Service until finally retiring in 1994.Wren lived for catching fish, and the fish feared him. He regaled many with his fish stories through the years. His grandchildren were a constant source of pride as were his yard and garden.Wren is survived by his wife of 58 years; children Jack (Nancy) McGruder of Parachute, Joy (Gary) Weathers of Grand Junction, and Janet (George Byers) Barks of Parachute; grandchildren Jill Amos, Crissi (Matt) Welch, Emmy Joe Barks, Courtney McGruder, Seth McGruder, Kelly, Kevin and Kennt Weathers; great-grandchildren Levi Barks, Landen Amos, Mekennzie and Breanna Welch and Trask McGruder; sisters Audrey Squires of Rifle and Lillie Ross of Meeker; brother Elmer McGruder of Meeker; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.He was preceded in death by sisters Carrie and Stella; and brothers Perry, Earl and Carl.Visitation will be held after 12 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Silt Community Center. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, in the Silt Park. Inurnment will follow in the Silt Skyline Cemetery.Cochran Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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