Eric Michael Reese

Eric Michael Reese

STOUGHTON-Eric threw his last cast on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, on Big Sand Lake near Phelps.

He was an avid musky fisherman who started his fishing journey with his dad and continued by passing his skills on to his wife, Heather, and daughters, Megan and Emily. Eric and Heather fished the local lakes, northern Wisconsin lakes and Canadian waters, many of them resulting in trophy catches and all producing “fish stories” and good memories. Fishing is not just what he did, fishing is who he was.

Eric Michael Reese was born on Oct. 29, 1968, to Michael and Judeen Reese. He graduated from Stoughton Schools with a batting average of .457 and went on to graduate from Marian College where he hit the first baseball grand slam in school history. Eric spent several seasons playing baseball as a right fielder on the Utica Home Talent Team. Several years later, he was filled with pride as he watched his daughters compete in Cross Country and Track & Field, especially at the State level. After graduation, Eric was employed at Stoughton Lumber for several years until broadening his career through Lennox Industries as a Parts Plus store manager.

Eric is survived by his wife, Heather; daughters, Megan and Emily; parents, Mike and Judeen; sister, Anne (Bill) Reese Haithcock; grandmother, Alice Krause; Auntie Debbo; other aunts, uncles and cousins; and many dear friends and fishing buddies. He loved his Triton boats and was passionate about musky fishing. Eric loved fishing on Big Sand Lake.

Be at peace and may we always fish together, even from far away.

A Memorial Gathering will be held at GUNDERSON STOUGHTON FUNERAL & CREMATION CARE, 1358 Hwy. 51N at Jackson St., from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 8. 2017, with a time of sharing at 7 p.m.

Donations may be made to the family to establish an education fund for Eric’s daughters.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson Stoughton
Funeral & Cremation Care
1358 Hwy. 51N at Jackson St.
(608) 873-4590