Funeral held for hiker who died in tragic accident

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"There's so many things I'd like to say, nobody knows what he meant to me," said Connie Wilhoite, whose son fell to his death last weekend at the Red River Gorge.

Family and friends paid their last respects Friday afternoon to 28 year-old Shaun Wilhoite.

The First Christian Church in Owenton was full of people remembering a man of the outdoors. They say Wilhoite loved to fish, hunt, and hike.

Wilhoite was doing what he loved last weekend - hiking in the Gorge near the Indian Creek area with a group of friends.

Authorities say he fell off a 50-foot cliff.

A search and rescue team spent hours trying to reach him, but when they did, Wilhoite was pronounced dead at the scene.

He'll be remembered as a song-writer, musician, and aspiring line-man for Owen Electric.

Wilhoite's co-workers honored him by showing up to the funeral in a long line of utility trucks.

"It's just a way to show the family or appreciation and our loss of Shaun," said Wilhoite's supervisor, Orman Glass.

Wilhoite leaves behind a wife and 4 year-old son. Wilhoite's mother says one day she hopes his son will know the kind of man Wilhoite was.

"He was kind, " she said, "I have to hang on to that - that he's with Jesus and he's going to be fine."

Wilhoite will be buried on the family farm where he grew up in Owen County.

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