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Obituary - Trevor Laughnan


Last updated 7/21/2020 at 9:51am

Trevor Laughnan

And then there was Trevor!

He was born September 29, 1979, at 4:11 a.m. in Havre, Montana to his parents, Mike and Rhonda (Barney Minnick) Laughnan. Before his birth, all leaves on the trees were green, and upon arriving home with Trevor, all leaves had changed their colors, symbolic of how the world would change forever because of his presence.

He passed away at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center Saturday morning, July 18, 2020, due to complications related to his year-long struggle with cancer.

He attended schools in Havre through high school and was a member of the HHS class of 1998. He was particularly fond of music and band. He played tuba and trombone and was a member of the HHS Pep Band, playing bass guitar in jazz band. After high school, he discovered electronic music and tried his hand at DJing with his friends locally at 324 and at events here and there in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Known as D3cib3l, he first took a liking to spinning house music and later drum and bass.

Also known as Bill Brasky or "Brasky" to his online gaming community (WDT) he enjoyed the connections and friendship online and at LAN parties. That great love for video games and computers led to his career choice of computer networking. In 2008, he earned an associate degree in IT Networking from WWTC in La Crosse. He worked as a Systems Engineer at Coulee Region Solutions until he moved on to Organic Valley.

Trevor began working at Organic Valley as a network administrator in May of 2012. He was a dedicated employee, extremely proud of Organic Valley's mission and culture. In May of 2013, Trevor worked with his team during the fire at headquarters in La Farge to rebuild the network and get the business up and running within 24 hours of the fire starting. Trevor earned his Cisco Certified Network Associate - CCNA - certification and was highly skilled in route/switch and firewalls. Loved by his colleagues, Trevor was known for his quip, "it's not the network" and he was right 98 percent of the time. He had a great work ethic; he loved his job and was able to work up until the day he died.

Trevor was a very passionate person, never afraid to give his opinion. He was a great fan of the Packers, the Brewers and Bernie Sanders. He loved his PBR, grilling and going to punk rock concerts. Trevor was a loyal friend to many, believing in giving a helping hand when needed. He made friends wherever he went and enjoyed his "regular" status at Yesterdaze, and more recently, The Verse. His "kids" were his two cats, Diego and Hugo, along with his dog, Frank.

Survivors include his mother, Rhonda (Lynn) Minnick of Havre, MT ; father Mike (Edie) Laughnan of Missoula, MT; brothers Caleb (Keri) Minnick of San Diego, CA; Lucas Minnick of Phoenix, AZ; Alex Laughnan (Sean Strebel) of Burlingame, CA; Kyle (Rachel) Laughnan and Sean Laughnan, both of Missoula, MT; sisters Wendy Laughnan (Vincenzo Ramunni) of Crotone, Italy; Rachel Minnick of Winona, MN; and step-sister Andra Minnick of Las Vegas, NV; grandmother Francis Minnick of Havre, MT; grandfather Keith Barney of La Crosse, WI; aunts Lorrine Fix, Jody (Kermit) King and Molly (Tim) Hanratty all of La Crosse, WI; Vicki (Jay) Billmayer of Lakeside, MT; Sherry Strong of Havre, MT; Laurie (Percy) Nordrum of Gildford, MT; uncles Brad (Rita) Barney of La Crosse, WI and Darby (Cheryl) Minnick of Bozeman, MT; niece Shandra Coyne of Las Vegas, NV; nephews Aaron Minnick of San Diego, CA and Orlando Ramunni of Crotone, Italy; and his many cousins who he enjoyed seeing at all the family get-togethers.

He was preceded in death by grandparents Lloyd and Dolores Laughnan and John Minnick of Havre, MT, along with grandmother Gloria Barney and uncle Craig Barney of La Crosse, WI.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 24, beginning at 4 p.m. at Rivers Harvest Church, 1001 Quincy St., Onalaska, WI, with burial at French Island Cemetery. If you are unable to attend, nothing would make Trevor happier than to have his many friends kick back in a recliner with a beer and attend his funeral virtually. Those in attendance are encouraged to practice safe social distancing wear a mask.

Online guestbook may be signed and information regarding the livestream will be posted to http://www.schumacher-kish.com .


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