Wayne H. Morrow Jr.

May 10, 1952 - Sept. 13, 2007

Wayne H. Morrow Jr., lifelong Mukwonago resident, passed away suddenly at his home Sept. 13, 2007. He was 55 years old. Wayne was born May 10, 1952, and grew up on a dairy farm, attended Mukwonago area schools and graduated from Mukwonago High School in 1970.

It seemed like life was going to be one long milking moment until he met his wife-to-be Ann, a sixth-grade teacher at Prairie View School in North Prairie. They were married Feb. 19, 1982. When son Patrick and daughter Molly came along, he left the farm and pursued several careers, including fish farming, home contracting and frozen food management.

No matter how busy he was, Wayne always was willing to do a favor for a friend. He would redo your floors, drive you home after your day surgery or build your stage set and never ask for anything in return except your friendship.

Wayne’s skills and resourcefulness were amazing. Who else could have moved two old houses from Waukesha to Mukwonago, hammered them together with care and precision, and fashioned a unique home for his family overlooking the Vernon Marsh?

Wayne loved to spend time in that house, especially when he and Ann had company. There was nothing he liked better than hosting a cookout. Even before the food had a chance to digest, he’d be searching out wood for one of his famous bonfires. And then it was time for the company to gather ‘round and sing songs with Wayne’s marvelous tenor voice floating through the fire-warmed air.

Music was a vital part of Wayne’s life. He enjoyed playing saxophone in the Burlington Kiwanis Civic Band and hand bells in the Vernon Lutheran Church bell choir. He also loved to sing tenor, of course, most recently with the East Troy Community Chorus and the Vernon Lutheran Church choir.

One of the greatest gifts that Wayne ever gave his children was his love of music. And he reveled in their accomplishments. There was no prouder father than Wayne. He’d brag to the waitress at the Fireside, "This is my son Patrick who’s playing drums in your big band show tonight." And when he watched his children perform there was never a more enthusiastic audience member.

Wayne loved anything green and gold that even closely resembled a Packer. For Wayne, Packer season ran all year round. He’d tape each game and then re-live his favorite plays during the week.

Bits of Wayne will live on in everyone who loved him - bits of his kindness, his gentleness, his unselfishness, his sense of humor, his generosity and his enthusiasm. He will be greatly missed. Who could ever take his place in the tenor section?

Wayne was a member of the Vernon Lutheran Church. He was a former member of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, the Mukwonago Village Players and the Mukwonago Choral Union. He was a current member of the East Troy Community Chorus and the Burlington Kiwanis Band.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Ann; his son, Patrick; his daughter, Molly; his sisters, Martha Schadewald and Peggy Morrow; his father-in-law, Capt. Burt Winkel; two brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; four nephews; three nieces and an abundance of family and many loving friends. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Wayne Sr. and Myrtle, and his two brothers, Teddy and Mark.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Sept. 20, from 4 p.m. until the time of a funeral service at 7 p.m., all at Vernon Evangelical Lutheran Church, S90-W27550 National Ave. (Highway ES), Mukwonago. The Rev. Dean Natterstad and the Rev. Scott Jorgenson will officiate. Burial will take place privately at Vernon Lutheran Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family for various charities.

Schmidt & Bartelt-Van Valin Funeral and Cremation Services, 363-7126, Mukwonago, is serving the family.