Ren is a second-generation licensed funeral director and embalmer after growing up in and around Simmons Mortuary in Smith Center, KS before moving to and graduating from high school in Goodland, KS. He played football at Bethel College in North Newton, KS before finishing his B.A. in History with an emphasis in Holocaust Studies and a Certificate in Jewish Studies from the University of Colorado in 2012. After a year of post-graduate research in Germany in 2013, he returned to funeral service in the Denver area before serving an apprenticeship in Tennessee and is a proud graduate of Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, AL. Ren worked in the Denver metro area as a licensed funeral director and embalmer for two and a half years before starting at Downing and Lahey in July 2019.