Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Family Prepares Soldier's Funeral ; Afghan Mine Kills Ill. Man

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Family Prepares Soldier's Funeral ; Afghan Mine Kills Ill. Man

Article excerpt

After listening to an Army recruiter's presentation at Lawrenceville (Ill.) High School, Trevor Pinnick came home and announced to his family that he was joining the Army. On Monday, six months into a deployment to Afghanistan, Spec. Pinnick was killed in action. "He stepped on a land mine," said his mother Nancy Pinnick of Mount Carmel, Ill. "We talked every day on Facebook. The day before he was killed, Trevor said, 'I love you, Mom. I'm heading out on a mission. I'll talk to you tomorrow.'"

Pinnick spent most of his youth in the Metro-East community of Collinsville, Ill., but moved with his mother to Lawrenceville a few years ago, graduating in May 2010 from Lawrenceville High School. He joined the Army that August, completing basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. In November, Pinnick was assigned to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Fort Lewis, Wash., deploying to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom on Dec. 11.

"One of his sergeants told me they nicknamed him Picnic," his mother said. "He got the nickname because he was always saying that every day was a picnic."

Pinnick is survived by his wife, Martha and a daughter, Melody Renee Pinnick, who will be 2 years old July 9. Also surviving are twin sisters, Kayla and Bethany Pinnick, a brother, Thomas Pinnick, his mother, Nancy Pinnick of Mount Carmel, Ill., and his father, Thomas Pinnick of Alton, Ill. "He was mean," his sister Kayla Pinnick said.

"He was always giving us a hard time, but he was a truly awesome brother." Growing up, Kayla said that just about every day Trevor staged wrestling matches in the family's living room. "He was always saying that everything in the world was our fault. He once said we caused the Great Depression - that we were the ones who put the cheese in the moon. He was so funny like that."

Pinnick's body was returned to Dover Air Force Base at Dover, Del. …

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