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Wendell L. "Pete" Exline

Cheney Free Press of Cheney, Washington

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Pete passed away Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Hospice House South in Spokane, Wash. He lived near Medical Lake. He was well known as a performing musician and as a teacher at Eastern Washington University. He was born in Enid, Okla. on Aug. 15, 1922 to Wendell Philip and Edna (Rogers) Exline. He studied at Oklahoma State University, at Northwestern University and at the University of California in Los Angeles.

Pete served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942-1946. After graduating from Northwestern with a master's degree, having studied with the famous Max Pottag in French horn performance, Pete accepted a faculty position at Eastern Washington State College in 1949 teaching brass instruments and music history. From 1949 to 1960 he was principal French horn in the Spokane Philharmonic (later the Spokane Symphony).

At EWSC Pete conducted bands and other ensembles and performed as a founding member of the EWSC Faculty Woodwind Quintet. He played in ensembles in the Spokane region and in Yuma, Ariz, where he had a winter home.

Beginning with a sabbatical leave from EWSC in 1964, Pete traveled in Europe to interview French horn performing and teaching professionals to document playing and teaching techniques; The results were digitized into the MP3 format and are a part of the archive of the International Horn Society.

Pete was a life member of the International Horn Society and regularly attended the society's meetings until his death. He was also a member of Windjammers Unlimited, a life member of Local 10-208 of the Chicago Federation of Musicians and the Spokane Chapter of the A.F. of M. (Local 105) As an avid sports car driver, he was a member of the Porsche Club of America.

His horn-playing colleagues the world over and his colleagues and students at EWU and in Spokane valued Pete's knowledge, his unfailing humor and willingness to share a good story. They give special thanks to the physicians and nurses at the Cheney Care Center, Deaconess Hospital and at Hospice House of Spokane for the care they provided Pete to make his life's end peaceful and comfortable.

Pete was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Exline Stuck. At his request there will be no service Heritage Funeral Home, 508 N. Government Way, Spokane.

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Original Publication Date: April 21, 2016

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