Francis A. Wren Sr., 71, died Feb. 2, 2010, at the family homestead, where he was born July 18, 1938, a son of William and Mary (Crocker) Wren.

Francis worked his whole life as a dedicated dairy farmer and served on many committees. He and his loving wife, Charlene (Roberts) Wren, took over the family farm in 1964 and raised their five sons together. They would have celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary Feb. 4.

Francis was a proud husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a happy, strong person who loved life and fought many difficult health challenges the last 12 years of his life. His strong faith and love for his family carried him through until his death.

Francis was an avid bird, rabbit and deer hunter. He finally won a moose-hunting permit in 2009, and his sons made it possible for him to participate. Bagging a trophy bull moose was a highlight of his later life.

He will be greatly missed by the love of his life, Charlene; sons and wives, Francis and Marcia Wren of Hermon, Alfred and Laurie Wren, George and Lisa Wren, Daniel and Lynn Wren, all of Thorndike, and Dana and Angel Wren of Troy; grandchildren, Jamie Lee Wren, Andrew Wren, Caitlin Wren, Alex Wren, Caleb Wren and Meagan Valles, Abigail Wren, Darren Wren, triplets Darian, Brianna and Nathan Wren, Whitney Wren, and twins Monica and Mariah Wren; great-grandchildren Zachary Nickerson, Jacie Nickerson, Ethan Wren and Cooper Wren.; two brothers, Richard Wren of Mystic, Conn. and Robert Wren and his wife, Roberta, of Stockton Springs; a sister-in-law, Ethel Wren, of Thorndike; a brother-in-law, Edgar Skanes, of Skowhegan; Anna Roberts, Robert Roberts and his wife, Patricia, all of Brooks; Arthur Roberts and his wife, Cyndy, of Carrollton, Texas; Sheila Moody and her husband, Ronald, of Standish; and many special nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Edward and George; a sister, Rosemary Skanes; a son, Dale Andrew in 1967; and a grandson, Tory Alan, in 1999.

His family wishes to thank his dedicated physician, Dr. John Irwin, of Waterville, and the physicians, nurses and staff at Eastern Maine Medical Center for years of wonderful care.

Services will be held in the spring and arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Gifts in his memory may be sent to CancerCare of Maine, c/o Healthcare Charities, 1 Cumberland Place, Suite 300, Bangor, ME 04401.

Arrangements are with Memorial Alternatives, 205 Center St., Bangor.