October 23, 1949 - March 25, 2021
Waverly, New York
March 25, 2021
October 23, 1949
Friday, April 9, 2021 at 4:00 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York
Friday, April 9, 2021 from 2 to 4 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York
Stephen Richard Wren Sr. of Waverly, passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Merlin and Emma Wren of Athens; sister, Jean Nesbitt; sister, Norma Peters; and brother, Francis "Sonny" Wren.
He is survived by his loving children, Stephen Wren Jr. and wife, Melissa, Kyle Wren, Shayne Wren and fiancé Cassie Harris, Billieleigh Sutton, Billie Jo Miller, Bobbie Jo Greenland, Michael Shrader and RJ Kastenhuber; his sister, Judith Smith; and the pride and joy of his life, his many grandchildren.
He attended Athens area schools until 1969, then quickly began dedicating his life to martial arts and fitness. In order to promote his passion for all things fitness and karate, he opened Feeling Great Fitness Center in the early 90's. Eventually becoming a high ranking black belt and beloved Sensei to so many students over the years. He also was a very well known asset to the local racing community. Always offering encouraging remarks or providing his vast knowledge of all things race cars. He most certainly made a difference in countless lives and his legacy will continue on through his students, friends, and family.
A time of calling will be held on Friday, April 9, 2021from 2 to 4 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. A memorial service to honor Stephen’s life will be held on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 4:00 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. For those unable to attend the service, it will be LiveStreamed on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 4:00 PM at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com. Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Stephen’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com
From: Sandy D Freeman
I am so very sorry to learn of his passing.it saddens me deeply.he was a good man and the best friend any one could have.my family has known him for many years when he was our teacher and when he helped us at the arcades.my prayers go out to your family during this time
From: H P Lattimer
Sorry to hear my friend/ sensi has gone to Heaven. My prayers to the family. We’ll see him again one day. HP Lattimer
From: Scott Cohen
Steve my friend; I will truly miss you. You were a man of great character and will never be replaced... Many a great times and discussions we had together. You were never afraid to live life and take great adventures.. I want to thank you for being my true friend and before that, my awesome sensei... Love and miss you (with tears in my eyes) always!!! Scott
From: Cassie Wren
Dad, I love you and miss you more than you know! I'll miss you and love you every day until we meet again. For the past 9 years you have both helped and watched me grow & I thank you for that! I'm so glad that Shayne & I could give you a grandson before you went to heaven. I know Ollie will have the best guardian angel! We all love you, Until we meet again!
Buzzard you are my hardest Goodbye. I wish you a peaceful journey and I pray your heart and mind are at peace now. Fifty Two years of memories, how can I pick just one to ease my heart ? I will forever miss you , and until we meet again Rest in Paradise. Love, Kelon
From: Dale and Mary Pitcher
To a good friend and racing buddy. You will missed.
From: Tom Beauman
Steve and family, our hearts are heavy at this time. Our prayers are with you. We will never forget your dad. A true racing friend. Remembering all the memories. Tom and Connie Beauman
From: Warren Rae
Sorry for your loss Steve has been a friend of the family for ever he and my brother Steve we’re best friends growing up may he RIP
From: Joe Swift
Words cannot express my feelings at the loss of one of the greatest men I have ever known. Sensei Wren literally shaped the direction of my life. Please know that his legacy will live on not just in the valley but over here in Japan as well. My only regret is that I could not attend the memorial in person.