Nicholas Matthew Hochgraber, 14, Palmyra, Mo., passed away at 1:34 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
Nicholas was born on April 2, 2005, in Quincy, Ill. to Matthew Hochgraber and Torrie Mook.
Survivors include his parents, Matthew and Abbie Hochgraber, Quincy; and Torrie Mook, Palmyra; one sister, Madison Hochgraber, Quincy; two brothers, Cainen Foss, Palmyra; and Kolton Hochgraber of Quincy; grandparents, Larry and Karen Hochgraber, Quincy; Jacki Hankins, Quincy; Cathy and Jeremiah McQueen, Warsaw, Ill.; and Jerry Mook, Hannibal, Mo.; great-grandmother, Ramona Hochgraber, Quincy; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Nicholas was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Robert and Luella Mook and Virgil Hochgraber; his grandfather, Charles Hankins; and his best friend, J.C. Breault.
Nicholas loved his family, and he wanted to be anywhere they were. He enjoyed playing X Box and checking out old hot rods. The annual Tin Dusters event was always special. Nicholas also liked to attend demolition derbies.
A talented cook, Nicholas loved to whip up new dishes, from meat loaf to cupcakes, even though he was unable to eat them, Nicholas was great in the kitchen. Cooking shows, Marvel Comic movies, country music and fixer upper were also a few of Nicholas’ favorites.
Most of all Nicholas cherished the moments he shared with his family and friends. Although Nicholas is no longer here with us on earth, he will live on through others through the gift of organ donation.
Nicholas was a Christian by faith.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Central Baptist Church in Quincy. Dr. Dennis Hochgraber will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy.
Pallbearers will be his uncles, Travis Mook, Kevin La Foe, David Hochgraber, Thomas Hochgraber, Tyler Hankins and Evan Hankins.
Friends and family are invited to Nicholas’ life celebration at a visitation that will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, at the O’Donnell-Cookson Life Celebration Home in Quincy.
Memorials may be made to the Nicholas Hochgraber Memorial, the Make a Wish Foundation or to the Quincy Humane Society.