Richard Glen Trew (1926-2008)

by David Shannon

Richard “Dick” Glen Trew grew up in Detroit, Michigan and attended the same congregation as Judy. Both of them enjoyed singing in a chorus that preformed at funerals, concerts, and special events. Since Judy’s family had only one car, it was a great benefit when Dick offered to give her a ride to practices. This kind gesture led to a deep friendship that was shared over their 52 years of marriage. Before marriage, Dick was a soldier in the 3rd Infantry during World War II. Once home he attended Ford Trade School, studying engineering and drafting. Later he attended an art school for one year to refine his artistic ability that he shared with at least three previous generations. In 1962, Dick and Judy moved to Nashville to work with Dick’s brother at Tennessee Wheel and Rubber. In 1972, the two of them formed Trew Industrial Wheel. This same year the Trews moved to Mt. Juliet, becoming a part of the church family here. Later Dick and his brother would form another company to fill a specialty market; Urethane Specialty in Goodlettsville. Dick retired in 1998.

Dick Trew was creative. He loved to create art. The Trew home displays some beautiful drawings and paintings from his hands. His son Mark wrote a prose to be read at his funeral by his son-in-law Hoyt. Mark described the hands of his father in a touching way. We could see Dick’s hands in Mark’s words, but we also could see that this creativity had genetically touched the next generation. Laura also read a beautiful short story of their daddy-daughter time together. Jennifer sang Amazing Grace; and it was amazing. The love this family displayed toward their father and grandfather brought true comfort and peace during the funeral service.

Dick was a creator. He loved to invent and build. He had the mind of a builder. The youngest of the grandchildren knew that granddaddy’s motto was “add on.” When their son Eric had colic Dick motorized his crib to continually rock, bringing quietness to a crying baby. When birds were devouring his garden he devised a network of wire, alumina cans and pans, a timer and a saber saw which constantly kept the birds away. He invented a “hinge hook” to be attached to the back pin of the door hinge. He loved working with the previously mentioned specialty company designing parts and molds for parts. He loved drawing home designs. Simply put, Dick was a creative man.

Dick was God’s creation. Dick was a child of God who allowed God to continually mold his life. In recent weeks he came forward during an invitation. His statement clearly articulated his desire to have God’s forgiveness and to do greater service for the Lord. We were all touched and inspired. Dick was faithful in his relationship with God, family, church family, business associates, and neighbors. He was a godly and nurturing husband. He would often speak of Judy’s beauty. He truly appreciated her talents as she created beautiful knitted articles. She faithfully served him, often being accused of spoiling him. However you want to describe it—they had a great relationship for more than 50 years! He was a father who taught his children that a bigger than average man can have a heart bigger than average too! He was gentle with them, yet firm. He allowed them to have all kinds of animals calling it the “Trew Zoo.” He loved it when the three generations all gathered together at his home. He would scan the room and say, “Judy – look what we did.” Because he belonged to God – all who knew Dick were blessed; and we greatly miss him – until we meet again.