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.