Joshua Paul Wren, age 24, of Howard Lake, went to be with God Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, with his mother, father, and brother at his side. His battle with colon cancer was beyond courageous, and he is now at peace and no longer suffering.
He was born July 16, 1991, at Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia. Josh was baptized in August 1991 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, and confirmed in 2013 at the same church.
His passion for racing started at a very young age, as he attended many races and enjoyed cheering on his dad from the stands. He then took interest in go-kart racing, winning two track championships. Josh also tried his luck in the modified class for a short time.
Along with his own racing, Joshua was an awesome pit man for his dad, working on the car at home and at the race track. Joshua also started drawing designs for the race car, and designed a website and Facebook page that he was very proud of.
Joshua attended multiple colleges, starting out at Mankato State University, then on to Ridgewater College, Hutchinson campus, where he received a degree in business and sales. He then continued on with one year at University of Minnesota, Duluth, and then back to Ridgewater College, to pursue a degree in non-destructive testing.
Joshua enjoyed the arts. He played the saxophone in high school band, and participated in many plays and musicals. He was an avid listener of music, attending many concerts. Josh loved a very wide variety of types of music, including alternative rock, ‘80s rock, and country. His favorite band was “All Time Low.”
Joshua made some awesome friends during his life, and he loved getting together with them.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Earl and Alice Mann.
Josh is survived by his parents, Jerry and Pam Wren; brother Cody Wren; grandparents Fran and Char Wren, and Paulette and Hal Tueteberg; aunts Tammy Gruenhagen, and Patti Mann; uncles David Mann, Wes Wren, Luke Wren, and Kevin Gruenhagen; and cousins Riley and Jake Gruenhagen, and Faith Wren.
A celebration of Joshua’s life took place Friday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, with a time of gathering beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements were with the Swanson Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.