Derek Edward Gillis

Derek Edward Gillis, 23, of Grandview, completed his life on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008.

Derek was born Feb. 21, 1985 in Sunnyside.

Derek Gillis, the son of Sheri Bryant and the late Edward Gillis. Derek was a brother, grandson, uncle, nephew, and cousin, was a man that will be remembered and loved by them all forever.

He was having a usual day in his life when he was overcome on that evening at his home in Grandview and was rushed to Sunnyside Community Hospital.

Derek graduated from Sunnyside High School in 2003. He was an outstanding football, basketball, and baseball player for the Grizzlies. He pursued further education and completed an AAAS as an automotive body technician.

He worked at Tom Denchel Ford in Prosser and was recently employed at Mid-Valley Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge. Derek was preparing to marry Esmeralda Hernandez of Sunnyside and was completely invested in her son, Evan Jai Hernandez. Derek poured all he had into things he loved and his one niece was at the top of that list along with Esmeralda and Evan.

He loved snowmobiling and really anything that involved being with everyone in his extended family and friends.

He had gained his passion with cars from his father, who had worked in various positions in that field as well.

Derek pursued everything to the end. He had a Chevelle that he had hoped of completely restoring.

Derek is survived by his fiancé, Esme; their son, Evan; his mother, Sheri; his step-father, Bill Ketzenberg of Sunnyside; his sister and brother-in-law, Nikki and Dustin Dunkin, and their daughter, Abagail Petross of Prosser. He was also survived by two grandmothers, Linda Bryant of Pasco and Mary (Brad) Danson of Grandview; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends.

Viewing will be held Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Services will be held Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Neighborhood Church of the Assemblies of God, 385 E. Allen Road in Sunnyside, with burial to follow immediately at Grandview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in care of Valley Hills Funeral Home, 345 N. 11th Street in Sunnyside, WA 98944.

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Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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