Wayne Evans Cook died peacefully on Saturday, January 22, at the age of 82. He was born in Pearsall on December 16, 1939, to George and Loreen Keck Cook of Cotulla.
Cook graduated from Cotulla High School and earned college degrees from the University of North Texas and the University of Illinois. He taught trumpet at Indiana State University from 1964-66 and at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1966-99. While at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee he also served as director of graduate music studies, associate dean of the School of Fine Arts, and chairperson of the music department. He was also a freelance trumpet player and performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Skylight Music Theatre, Music Under the Stars, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Festival City Symphony, and the Waukesha Symphony.
In his retirement he enjoyed traveling, reading, listening to music and attending Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concerts.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marlene; daughters Julie Cook-Runnoe and husband John, Sheri Bohlman and husband Tim, and Leslie Krueger and husband Brian; grandchildren Alyssa, Matthew, Logan, Collin, Riley and Oliver; and by a niece, nephews, cousins, a brother-in-law, sisters-in-law and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Keck Cook.
According to his wishes, there will be no funeral service. A celebration of his life for family members will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be given to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.