Wreno Wynne(1951 - 2013)

Wynne, Wreno Smith Beloved husband, father, brother, and friend, died peacefully in his sleep at home on Friday, December 20th. He was one of those rare characters who defied description but left an indelible mark of happiness on all those he met. Wreno combined a keen intellect and infectious humor with gentleness, empathy, and endless optimism. He shared enthusiastically, championed the happiness of others, never acted in malice, and lived every day to the fullest with joy, wonder, and a gigantic smile. As such, he passed away having never met a stranger and with friends around the world. Wreno was born on September 21st, 1951, as the second of five children, to Martha Jane Smith Wynne and Toddie Lee Wynne, Jr. He was a proud member of the larger Wynne family, with close cousins numbering in the hundreds, whose shared memories and companionship were a constant source of delight and comfort. He graduated from Schreiner University where he met his cherished wife of 39 years, Cheryl, who he wooed with electric socks and a promise to never be boring. He earned both a law degree and a B.A. in Radio, Television and Film from the University of Texas, as well a Master's Degree in Banking from Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University, and studied law at Queen Mary's College in London. For the last 22 years, Wreno served as a valued member and General Counsel of American Liberty Oil Company and in various roles for its related ventures, continuing the business founded by his grandfather, in the legacy of which he took great pride. He was an active member of Our Merciful Saviour Episcopal Church, singing in the choir, serving formerly as its treasurer, and as an honorary member of its altar guild. An avid reader, he served as the Chairman of the Board of the Kaufman County Library Foundation, and was an accomplished captain and tireless member of the model warship North Texas Battle Group, whose International Big Gun Open is held annually at Star Brand Ranch. Outside of books and battleships, Wreno's varied interests ranged from films to microfasteners and electronics to choral compositions, producing humorous poems and servo-related publications alike, and sending everyone around him racing to keep pace. And as claimant to the Barony de Guensburg, Wreno was a dedicated storyteller and comedian who always wanted to make sure everyone was having "pun". Wreno was preceded in death by his mother, father, oldest brother Toddie Lee Wynne III and youngest brother William Benjamin Wynne. He is survived by his wife Cheryl, their children, Erin Wynne and Wreno S. "Wes" Wynne, Jr., and son-in-law Joshua D. Terry; his brother Jimmy and wife Dee, their children, Todd and Fallon, and son-in-law Wesley Way; his sister Tancy and husband Ralph Spence Jr., their children, Ralph "III", Nash, and Benjamin; and countless cousins and friends adopted as family. Wreno would be the first to remind you to celebrate his life, even in your grief, and while his loss is immeasurable, his family rejoices in the assurances of his faith and salvation and in their eventual reunion together again. A visitation will be held from 6-8pm on Thursday, December 26th at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas, TX. There will be a private burial followed by a memorial service at Our Merciful Saviour Episcopal Church in Kaufman, TX at 2pm on Friday, December 27th. A reception will immediately follow at Star Brand Ranch. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Our Merciful Saviour Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 520, Kaufman, TX 75142

Funeral Home

Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery - Dallas
13005 Greenville Avenue Dallas, TX 75243
(972) 238-7111

Published in Dallas Morning News on Dec. 24, 2013