3209 Rudolph Road
| Eau Claire, WI 54701
Tel: (715) 832-5002
| Fax: (715) 832-0351

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Our Staff

Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Michael 'Mike' Hulke

Michael "Mike" Hulke

Owner/Funeral Director

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 Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services.


Karolyn 'Kari' Hulke

Karolyn "Kari" Hulke

Owner/Business Administrator/Pre-need Specialist

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 Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 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 Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 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.


Garrett Hulke

Garrett Hulke

Funeral Director/Pre-need Specialist

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 Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services. 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.


Brandon Hulke

Brandon Hulke

Funeral Director

After graduating from Eau Claire Memorial in 2010, Brandon attended UW-Stout and CVTC while serving his Apprenticeship with Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services. In September of 2014, Brandon graduated with his Associate of Science Degree in Mortuary Science from Worsham College in Wheeling, Illinois.

Brandon became a licensed Funeral Director and joined his family’s firm in September of 2014. He continued working there full-time until June of 2018. He currently works full-time at Zacho Sports Center in the Marine Sales Department. He remains on staff at the funeral home as a part-time fully licensed funeral director.

Brandon is a member of Chippewa Valley Young Professionals and Peace Church in Eau Claire. He enjoys, golfing, hunting, fishing, going to Viking games, and spending time with family and friends.

Brandon is extremely passionate about helping people, and the Eau Claire community is very important to him. He is honored to be a part of his family’s team, and help families in need in any way possible.

James 'Jim' Bader

James "Jim" Bader

Director's Assistant

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 Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Jim is honored to assist families in their time of need.

Gregory “Greg” Helgeson

Gregory “Greg” Helgeson

Director's Assistant

Greg grew up in the small town of Independence, WI. He graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Civil Engineering. After a 36-year engineering career, Greg retired in 2018 and joined the staff at Hulke Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Greg and his wife, Carolyn, have been married since 1983. After living in the Madison area they moved to Eau Claire where they raised their son and daughter. Greg and Carolyn are members of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Greg has also been a Boy Scout leader and coach for youth sports. He enjoys running, biking, hiking, travel, following the Packers and Badgers, and the love of his large extended family.

Greg likes to meet people and is honored to provide support to families who have lost a loved one.

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