Eric Kelly Gillen


March 4, 1984 - October 17, 2009




     Eric Kelly Gillen was born March 4, 1984, in Mitchell, to Mark and Wanda (Jones) Gillen. He died at his home of heart complications.  He grew up and attended school at White Lake. He graduated from White Lake High School in 2002, and from the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Program at Mitchell Technical Institute, in 2004. He was employed at White Lake Plumbing until May of 2005, Sioux Valley Hospital until May of 2006 and since that time had been employed at Central Electric.

      He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, the White Lake Volunteer Fire Department and the White Lake Sportsman’s Club. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

      He is survived by his parents, Mark and Wanda, his fiancé, Kelly Quist of Sioux Falls, SD, his maternal grandmother, Dorothy Jones of Springfield, SD, a number of aunts, uncles and many friends.

      He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Edward and Constance Gillen and his maternal grandfather, Elmer “Kelly” Jones.



Tuesday, October 20, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
St. Peter's Catholic Church
Wake Service ~ 7:30 PM
White Lake, South Dakota


Wednesday, October 21, 2009
10:30 AM
St Peter's Catholic Church
White Lake, South Dakota


St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery
White Lake, South Dakota

Posted by Greg "Baldy" Baldwin on October 21, 2009
Prayers to Eric's family sorry for you unexpected loss. He was a GREAT fisherman and competitor and will be missed by the whole fishing family. I will miss you Mumford.
Posted by Rocky N on October 21, 2009
Thoughts and Prayers go out to Eric's whole family. He was a great guy. It was alway fun competing again another young angler in fishing tournaments. He will be missed by many in the fishing world. My prayers, for his family.
Posted by Tom and Janice Thiry on October 20, 2009
Mark,Wanda and Kelly, No one can experience this sadness as you do or begin to know exactly how you feel. Your sorrow is so deep and the heartache so great. If somehow we can help you through this sadness we will. Please know we care and continue to remember you in prayer. Peace and Comfort to you.
Posted by Ryan and Heidi Quist on October 20, 2009
Mark and Wanda...there are no words to express this great loss. We welcomed Eric into our family with open arms. Kelly had never been happier. To all his extended family and buddies...there will be a void that can be filled with the many memories Eric created. To Kelly...Eric was meant to be brought into your life, why he had to go may never be understood. We are always here for you and never forget God is too.
Peace be with you all...Ryan & Heidi Quist
Posted by Brooke Leonard on October 20, 2009
My heart goes out to all who mourn Eric. Kelly, I know how much happiness you found with Eric and we are heartbroken for you. With love, your girls at Family Connection
Posted by Nici Petrich on October 20, 2009
Our family's thoughts and prayers are with each of you who have lost such an amazing person. I only met Eric a few months ago when he started dating Kelly, but we all came to know him as a great guy...the perfect person for Kelly to be with. We are saddened by the news of his tragic death. are an amazing person...I am here for you always. Love and prayers.
Posted by Chuck and Sue Faulhaber on October 20, 2009
Mark and Wanda, You are in our thoughts and prayers. There are no spoken words that will ease your pain, but know that there are several prayers each day that are being spoken just for you all. Eric was such a mix of both of you, which made him one extra special individual. Please know that we are here if you need anything.
Posted by Melinda Haensel on October 20, 2009
I feel for you during this time. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts.
I am so sorry for your loss, God Bless all of you in this time of need.
Posted by Rhonda and David London on October 20, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Eric's family. Mumford was one in a million and will be greatly missed by many people. He will forever be in our hearts.
Posted by Kristal BBW on October 19, 2009
To Kelly and Eric's family, I am so sorry for your loss. Kelly you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Scott Lewis on October 18, 2009
My thoughts and prayers go out to Eric's family and friends, The fishing community has lost a great fisherman. Eric was a all around GOOD Guy!!!! I remember the last time I was with Eric, he helped me put the cover on my boat the morning while guiding for Gary Allen. HE was doing something in his boat and seen me putting the cover on mine and jumped out and came over and helped me put the cover on. Then when back to his boat and finished doing whatever he was doing. That's what you call a good guy!! I will truly miss having him in the fishing tournament that I put on here in Chamberlain in the spring and fishing asgainst him in other tournaments around the state . He was the guy after the tourney that would sit around B.S. and drink a beer with you after competing against you in the tourney, no matter what place he was in or you was in. I believe that you should live everyday as if it was your last!!! I plan on fishing with or against eric again someday!!

God Bless!!!!
Scott Lewis
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