Bryan Joseph Whaley was born January 12, 1980 to Russell and Jean (Heyduk) Whaley in Madison, SD. He grew up and attended school in Mitchell and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1999. He moved to Sioux Falls and was employed by the South Dakota Industries for the Blind. He was confirmed at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell and attended the Faith Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Bryan enjoyed movies, the electric guitar and cooking.
He is survived by his parents, one brother, Jayson, Mitchell, SD; his grandmothers, Gwen Bjerke, Hadley, MN and Ruth Francis, Mesa, AZ and numerous aunts, uncles and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Kristopher and his maternal grandfather, Loren Pottratz.