Herald and Journal, March 16, 1998

Accident claims life of Trevor Hoheisel


An accident claimed the life of 27-year-old Trevor Hoheisel of Blaine, Saturday, March 7 in Chicago.

Trevor, son of Riley and Lynn Hoheisel of Howard Lake, accidentally drowned when he apparently fell into the Chicago River.

Chicago police said a surveillance camera outside a building near the pier from which Trevor fell showed he was alone.

Several frames of film showed Trevor walking to the end of the pier and reaching into his pocket, apparently for his wallet.

In the next frame, he was gone. A likely scenario, they said, was the wallet fell from his hand, and he fell while reaching for it.

Hoheisel and a friend had gone to Chicago to watch the Gophers basketball team in the Big Ten tournament.

He was missing from Saturday night until his body was found Monday afternoon. The incident was the subject of much television news coverage in the Twin Cities.

Two of Trevor's friends, Chad Gagnon and Bill Kinziger, shared thoughts of him.

Said Gagnon, "I spent time with Trevor coaching football. Trevor volunteered time for the program.

"We played for the Orphans baseball team during the summer. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing.

"He and his roommate followed the Gophers basketball team everywhere," he said.

Gagnon said, "He respected people and was very, very family oriented."

Kinziger had similar thoughts. He said Trevor was his warm up partner when they played baseball.

"He was a hard competitor, a team player, and a very compassionate individual."

Neighbor Mary Pettit said, "Trevor was a role model for other young people. We all need to reach out and touch people, otherwise, why are we here. "

The way this small town community has rallied around is wonderful, she said.

Funeral services for Trevor Hoheisel were Saturday, March 14 at Church of St. Mary in Waverly. A full obituary will be published later.

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