Our Facility

Family Owned and Operated

Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home is a local, family-owned and operated funeral home in Eau Claire providing full-service funeral and cremation services. Our goal is to ensure that your loved one is cared for with the utmost respect, and to make the planning and arrangements as easy as possible for the family members. Our caring staff is here to help you through this difficult time.

About the Facility

Our family room allows the family to take a moment during visitation.

Our chapel area can seat 175 people comfortably. We conduct both traditional and non-traditional services in our chapel.

A wide selection of urns are available for those families that chose cremation as the final method of disposition.

We have several caskets for families to select from. Caskets are both metal and non-metal and come in a variety of colors and designs.


Our Caring Staff

Michael "Mike" Hulke,
Owner/Funeral Director
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Mike & Karolyn Hulke
Karolyn "Kari" Hulke, Owner/Business Administrator/Insurance Licensed
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Brandon Hulke
Brandon Hulke, Funeral Director
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Garrett S. Hulke
Garrett Hulke,
Funeral Director/Insurance Licensed
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Richard "Dick" Keepers
Richard "Dick" Keepers, Funeral Director
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James Bader
James "Jim" Bader,
Director's Assistant
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Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Heupel
Timothy "Tim" Heupel,
Director's Assistant/Part-Time Chaplain
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Jimmey Schnabel
Jimmey Schnabel,
Director's Assistant
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Dave Peterson
David "Dave" Peterson,
Director's Assistant
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Michael "Mike" Hulke, Owner/Funeral Director

Mike Hulke

After graduating from Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids in 1986, Mike attended college at UWEC for four years. While attending college in Eau Claire, Mike was a member of the 1987-88 Blugold Football Team.

Before graduating, he entered the United States Army as an Infantryman stationed in Fort Ord, California with the 7th Infantry Division. He received an honorable discharge in May of 1993. Mike returned to college at the University of Minnesota where he graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science. He received his license after completing his apprenticeship with Rembs-Kundinger Funeral Home in Marshfield, WI in 1996 and continued employment there until September of 1997. Mike accepted a position in Wisconsin Rapids and later moved to Eau Claire where he has been employed at Fuller Speckien Funeral Home since the summer of 2001.

He married Kari Vollert in 1991. They have three children and are active members of Peace Lutheran Church where he has taught confirmation.

On June 28, 2006, Mike and Kari purchased the Funeral Home, and they have changed the name to Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home.

Karolyn "Kari" Hulke, Owner/Business Administrator/Insurance Licensed

Karolyn Hulke

Kari and her husband, Mike moved to Eau Claire in the summer 2001. They both had attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and were proud to make Eau Claire their home.

Before purchasing and working at Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home, she had worked for over 4 years with the Eau Claire Early Learning Program as the Family and Community Partnership Coordinator. She has since completed her Master of Arts degree in Counseling, focusing more on the grief aspect of counseling. Kari feels privileged working with families in various phases of their lives.

Kari and Mike have three wonderful children: Brandon, Garrett, and their daughter, Chandler. Besides watching their kids in their activities and spending time with family and friends, she also enjoys walking, traveling, and being outdoors.

Funeral Service has always been a part of Kari’s life. Her father owned and operated a funeral home in Wisconsin Rapids. Her Grandfather started that funeral home in the 1950's.

At Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home, we are proud of our genuine, professional, and caring staff. We strive to guide those in need through one of life's most difficult times and we work to ensure that we have done everything possible to meet the needs of the families we serve.

Trever Zillmer, Funeral Director

Trever Zillmer

Graduated from Ladysmith High School in 1993, he attended University of MN and later transferred to Milwaukee Area Technical College, graduating in 2000 with an Associate's Degree in Mortuary Science.

Trever worked in Milwaukee from 1998 to 2003 at the Altstadt-Tyborski-Ermenc-McLeod Funeral Homes. In 2003, he took a position with the McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home in Ironwood, MI until December of 2010. He has been with Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home since January of 2011.

Trever has two children; ages 9 and 6 and a yellow lab named Chester. He is a member of Peace Lutheran Church.

His hobbies are spending time with his family, bow hunting, ice fishing and enjoying the outdoors.

Richard "Dick" Keepers, Funeral Director

Richard "Dick" Keepers

Dick graduated from the University of Minnesota and worked as a mortician/funeral director at Washburn-McReavy Chapels in Minneapolis, MN for 11 years. He, then, spent 25 years at McElray-Geier Funeral Home in Ladysmith, WI where he ended his career there as President of the firm. Dick moved to Eau Claire in October of 1992 and joined the Fuller-Speckien-Hulke staff in 1994. Dick celebrated his 50th year of being a licensed Funeral Director in June of 2017.

Dick is married to his wife, Linda, and he has 4 daughters and one stepdaughter. He is a member at Lake Street United Methodist Church in Eau Claire. He also is a member of the Eau Claire Noon Kiwanis Club. Dick enjoys traveling, biking, hiking, and rock collecting.

Dick has spent years in the funeral service and still appreciates the opportunity to serve families in their time of grief and sorrow. It is especially gratifying for him to once again be a part of a family owned funeral establishment. He looks forward to continuing his role at Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home.

Gus Carlson, Director's Assistant

Gus Carlson

Has lived in Eau Claire for 65 years. He was employed in the Advertising and Sales Department of the Eau Claire Leader Telegram for 38 years. Gus is married to Sally Ann (Davey), and he has two sons Timothy and Jeffrey. He is a member of the Wednesday Noon Lions Club and his hobbies include doing puzzles, reading, and walking. Gus has been a member of the Staff at the Funeral Home for 16 years. Gus enjoys the camaraderie of the staff and the professionalism shown when assisting the families.

James "Jim" Bader, Director's Assistant

James Bader

Jim grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota and moved with his family to Eau Claire in 1986. After nearly forty years in the sales and marketing profession, Jim retired in 2004. Jim is married to Colleen (over 50 years) and they have three sons.

When Jim is not working at the funeral home, he volunteers his time on the Step Force team for Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Eau Claire. He and Colleen are members of Salem Baptist Church, where Jim serves as an Elder. Jim is also very involved in other community service and gospel ministries.

In 2006, because of his desire to help people, Jim joined the staff at Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home. Jim is honored to assist families in their time of need.

Brandon M. Hulke, Funeral Director

Brandon Hulke

After graduating from Eau Claire Memorial with the class of 2010, Brandon attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. While attending college there, Brandon decided to change paths and started his apprenticeship at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home in February of 2012. While serving his apprenticeship, he continued to attend school full-time at both Chippewa Valley Technical College and UW-Stout.

Upon completing his apprenticeship, Brandon began his education at Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois in September of 2013. While attending school there, he worked for Wenban Funeral Home in Lake Forest, Illinois. A year later, Brandon graduated from Worsham in September of 2014, with an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Mortuary Science. Brandon became a licensed Funeral Director shortly after graduating and moved back to Eau Claire to rejoin his family’s team.

In Brandon’s free time he enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, attending Minnesota Viking games, and spending time with his family and friends. He also loves to play slow-pitch softball with his friends from high school. Brandon also enjoys being around his golden retriever, Reagan, as well as doing yard work and outdoor projects around his house in Eau Claire. Brandon is a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, WI. Brandon coaches middle school football at South Middle school and also volunteers his time at Peace Church by helping as a sound tech and operating the powerpoints on Sundays.

Brandon is committed and honored to assist and support families of the greater Eau Claire area while in their time of need.

Garrett Hulke, Funeral Director/Insurance Licensed

Garrett S. Hulke

After graduating from Eau Claire Memorial in 2013, Garrett attended the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse for 3 semesters. He then transferred to the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mortuary Science in December of 2016.

Garrett became a Licensed Funeral Director in August of 2017, after he completed his apprenticeship at Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home. He is also a Notary Public and a Licensed Life Insurance Agent.

In August 2017, Garrett married his wife, Leah. They currently live in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and attend Jacob’s Well Church.

He is a member of the National Funeral Director’s Association (NFDA) and the Chippewa Valley Young Professionals. Garrett enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, woodworking, and spending time with friends and family.

Garrett is committed to honoring and assisting those that make the Chippewa Valley a better place.

Timothy "Tim" Heupel, Director's Assistant/Part-Time Chaplain

Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Heupel

Timothy J. Heupel was born August 7th, 1952 in Aberdeen, S.D. He graduated from Aberdeen Central High School in 1970. He continued his education at Concordia College, St. Paul, Minnesota. He earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974. Heupel then enrolled in Concordia Theological Seminary, Springfield, Illinois. He served his internship at Zion Lutheran Church and Pittsburg State University of Pittsburg, Kansas in 1976 and 1977. Heupel was conferred the Masters of Divinity Degree from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1978. In 2010 Heupel was conferred the degree of Doctor of Ministry from Sioux Falls, Seminary, Sioux Falls, SD.

Heupel has served congregations in Frankenmuth, Michigan, Sioux Falls, SD, and Omaha, Nebraska. He retired from full-time ministry in August of 2014 and moved with his wife Vicki (Hawn of Rochester, Minnesota) to Eau Claire to be closer to family. They have three children TJ and wife Jill and son Joshua Paul live in Las Vegas, Nevada. Daughter Jennifer Beth and husband Rev. James Whatley and their four children (Ben, Jack, Max, Lizzy) live in Eau Claire. Daughter Katie is married to Mike Stoltenberg. They have three children Cooper, Mason and Emme and live in Waukesha, WI.

Heupel has led seminars on Death and Dying and Grief and Recovery in Michigan, South Dakota, and Nebraska. He has started grief support groups in all of his places of service including here in Eau Claire. He is a member of Peace Church and serves as a Stephen Ministry Leader at Peace.

Heupel enjoys fishing, hunting, golfing and playing with his grandchildren. He has been a Packer backer since he was in fourth grade.

Jimmey Schnabel, Director's Assistant

Jimmey Schnabel

After more than 50 years in the transportation business, nationwide, Jimmey feels honored to join the staff at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home.

Having lost many members in his large family, Jimmey wants to assist others in their time of Loss.

Jimmey and his wife, Krista, reside in Eau Claire. They are both members of Grace Communion International Church in Eau Claire.

David "Dave" Peterson, Director's Assistant

Dave Peterson

David was born and raised right here in Eau Claire. He has spent over 30 years in software and computer technology. David is married to Shelly and they have two daughters and two grandchildren.

In his spare time, David enjoys the outdoors, reading, listening to music, going on mission trips, and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. David and Shelly are members of Peace Lutheran Church, where they both are involved in volunteer work.

David joined the staff at Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home in 2012 and feels fortunate to be able to help families at a difficult time in their lives.

History of Our Funeral Home

The building of Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home was originally Oak Park Dairy. Clinton Hatch originally started the business in 1918 and expanded the facility throughout the years. The dairy was converted to Fuller Funeral Home by George Fuller in 1979.

In 1987, the Fuller Funeral Home was purchased by Harold 'Jerry' Speckien, who had been working with George prior to taking over the business. Speckien owned and operated the funeral home until 1998, when the business was sold to a conglomerate – an organization that manages multiple funeral homes across the country. In 2006, the funeral home was purchased by Mike and Kari Hulke, current owners, to once again bring the business back to being locally owned and operated.

Committed to One Community

Today, we have one facility located on a park-like setting in a quiet neighborhood on the south side of Eau Claire. We've raised our three children in Eau Claire, and we feel strongly that our continued involvement in the community is important to the families we serve. We are proud of the reputation we've built and will be here to address the needs, questions, and concerns of local families.

We are fully committed to serving the Eau Claire area, focusing our efforts and spending our dollars locally. Through various local charities and community events, we make a point to support the local community the way they have supported us throughout the years.

In your time of need, we will be available to provide professional and personalized services.

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