William Edward Wren, 72, of Files Hill in Thorndike passed away on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at Eastern Maine Medical Center after a brief illness, with family by his side.

Bil was born on Aug. 25, 1941, the youngest son of Edward and Ethel (Cook) Wren, on the family farm on Files Hill. He graduated from Morse Memorial High School in 1959, and then joined the Army.

In 1962 he married Alice Myrick, and they were married 51 years.

Bil joined the Army right after high school, and re-enlisted in 1962. The Army was his career, and that career spanned 22 years of service. He worked his way through the enlisted ranks from Private to Master Sergeant. He received numerous awards and commendations: National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (6th Awd), the Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1960-Bar device, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, the Bronze Star Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Air Medal-2 Awd, the Aircraft Crewman Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, 3 O/S Bars, Marksman Badge (Rifle M-14), and Expert Badge (Rifle M-16).

Bil was a dedicated son, husband, father and friend. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone whenever he could. He could be found on a golf course any time the weather allowed, especially with his “up-country” group, Dale Shaw, Gerry Trundy, Scott Myrick and eldest son Wendell, for their annual outing to northern Maine. He usually passed the colder months fixing electronics, reading or as he put it “puttering around.”

Bil was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Ethel, and his uncle Francis, who was like a brother to him.

He is survived by his wife Alice; two sisters, Sally Fernald and her husband James, and Barbara Ellis and her husband John; sons, Wendell, Mark and his wife Karen, David and fiancée Sheila, Edward II and wife Elizabeth; daughter, Rae Marie; son-in-law, Chris; and eight grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the medical staff involved at Inland Hospital Emergency Room, Life Flight and Eastern Maine Medical Center for their efforts and kindnesses, and Charlene Wren for her guidance and support.

A graveside service was held on Sunday Oct. 6, at 1 p.m., at Rogers Cemetery in Troy with full military honors.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at: www.lawrybrothers.com

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main Street, Fairfield; 453-6049.