PIERRE, SD – Barry T. Pillen, 72, of Pierre, passed away Monday, May 27, 2019. A time of fellowship with Barry’s family will be held 1:00-2:00pm, Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Feigum Funeral Home followed by a Memorial Celebration of Life at 2:00pm. Inurnment and military graveside honors will then take place at Scotty Philip Cemetery in Fort Pierre.
Barry was born on May 2, 1947 in Huron, South Dakota to Harold and Esther Pillen. Barry and his brother Gerald grew up in Rapid City surrounded by the beauty of the Black Hills. After graduation from high school he served his country enlisting in the military. He married Ellie Saunders on August 2, 1974. Barry worked for the South Dakota Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse for over twenty years. He was passionate about helping others and making a difference in their lives. Barry was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting with his son Todd as frequently as possible.
Barry is survived by his wife Ellie; his children: Todd (Kelly) Pillen of Pierre, Mitch (Dixie) Skogen of Gillette, WY, Joni (Don) Trimble of Pierre and Jodi (Neil) Arneson of Brandon; grandchildren: Brittany, Abbie, Jason, Thomas, Aaron, Misty, Lori and Heather. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother.