I just read the online news paper and saw that my friend Nathan from high school passed away on Tuesday at Barnes Jewish in St. Louis. I knew he had been sick for some time with lymphoma, but it's still a very big shock. The last time I saw him he was a waiter at TGIF's and was his normal energetic self. This isn't the first high school classmate to die, but it's definitely the closest. It really makes you wonder why.
I remember back in grade school Nathan declaring to us that he was going to work for Disney and be an animator. After graduation he did end up going to Disney and got a job in security. Someone noticed how much fun he was having along a parade route as security and helped him get into being Prince Charming. Later he did get his shot as an animator intern. It's some comfort that he did get his life dream shot.
Published Saturday, July 01, 2006 in the State Journal Register
SHERMAN - Nathan A. Cooke, 26, of Sherman died Tuesday, June 27, 2006, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
He was born March 16, 1980, in Springfield, the son of Louis and Karole Lehmann Cooke.
Mr. Cooke had been the artistic director and producer for Muni First Night shows for the past three years and was most recently employed as the artistic director and producer for the Miss Illinois Pageant. He appeared in Hoogland Center for the Arts, Muni Opera, Theatre in the Park and Jacksonville Theater Guild productions. He had been an artistic director, scenic designer, set artist and set assistant for several productions.
Survivors: mother, Karole (husband, Pat) Bell of Springfield; grandfather, Keith Lehmann of Springfield; two sisters, Rhonda (husband, Chris) Carter of Williamsville and Rachelle (husband, Bob) Bartnick of St. Charles, Mo.; brother, Nicholas (wife, Mavis) Cooke of Springfield; six nieces and nephews; stepmother, Kathy Cooke of Springfield; two stepbrothers, Van and Brad Bell, both of Springfield; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Cremation was accorded by Cremation Tribute Center.
Services: 5 p.m. Monday, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St.
Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.