DeGraff Country Fair’s grand marshals for the 2 p.m. Aug. 25 parade are Gerald and Bernie Wren and the Wren family. The Wren’s Service Station business was started in 1958 by Gerald’s parents, Orville and Mary Wren. They started with a two-bay Shell gas station and one pickup truck. In 1960, Gerald married Bernice and they began their lives together. After the passing of Gerald’s father in 1968, he took over the business. In 1980 they moved to their present location on West Miami on the outside of De Graff and have grown to 16 trucks and operating in several counties across West Central Ohio for AAA service needs. Their Son Jeromy took over the family business on 1997 with grandson Joel riding along at the early age of 5. Now Joel also works at the family business and little brother Jacob is riding with Jeromy to learn the family business.
Gerald has served the local community for many years as a volunteer fireman, assistant fire chief and has helped local law enforcement for many years. Bernie took over running the Wren’s Flower shop for 20 years that was started by daughter Julie in 1978 while still in high school.
They are the proud parents of Julie (Roy) Pulfer and Jeromy (Darlene) Wren and have five grandchildren, Emily, Joel, Kaylyn, Jacob and Bryce.
Submitted by event planners.