Eli Lucas, August 3, 1936 - October 6, 2019

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Eli Lucas, age 83, died Sunday, October 6th, 2019, at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI. 

Eli was born August 3, 1936, one of fourteen children, to Eli and Pauline (Pollak) Lucas in Browerville, Minnesota. He attended Browerville Schools grades 1-12, and joined the United States Navy after High School. After the Navy, Eli was graduated with a B.S. Degree in elementary education at St. Cloud University and U.W. Eau Claire with a Masters Degree. Eli married Lillian "Pepper" (Bromenshenkel) on July 18th, 1964. 

Eli taught grades 4-6 in the Eau Claire School District for thirty-two years.  He was known for his love of Science and enjoyed doing experiments in his classroom.  Eli enjoyed woodworking, playing cards, telling stories, and spending time with "Pepper," his children, grandchildren, and friends.  

Eli is survived by his wife, his son Tobias, daughters Jennifer and Gretchen (Sanford) Brotman, and grandchildren Lucas, Carson, and Eugenia Duce, and Alexandra and Sawyer Brotman. He is survived by sisters Phyllis VanKampen, Pauline "Dolly" Schmidt, Dorothy Schindler (Rick), and Donna (Tom) Boyette, and brothers Sylvester, Walter (Kathy), and Edwin (Mary). He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Wilfred, Clarion "Buck," Romaine, James, John, and by a sister, Mary Lou.  

Memorial service will take place at 11 am on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1712 Highland Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701 with Father Francis Thadathil officiating.  Memorial visitation will take place at the church on Saturday morning from 10 am until the time of services. Visitation will continue at the church during a luncheon immediately following the memorial service. Burial with military honors will take place in the Christ the King Catholic Cemetery in Browerville, Minnesota at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are preferred.  

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com. 

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.



  1. Aaron John Hoffmeister October 23, 2019

    Mr. Lucas was my 4th grade teacher and I am a 37 year old living in Minneapolis who will miss him! Feet, wolves, peanuts, and the good friends is what I remember from his class. Regards to the fam!

  2. Rebecca Mattson October 23, 2019

    I had the pleasure of teaching for many years at Robbins with Eli. My condolences. I was out of town so I couldn’t attend his funeral but know that my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they grieve his loss. He will be missed.

  3. Lori Roholt October 22, 2019

    Mr. Lucas was one of my favorite and most memorable teachers at Robbins Elementary. He made a mark on so many of his students. My condolences to his family.

  4. Tina (dahl) Gardow October 14, 2019

    Hi, I am sorry for your loss. I had your dad as a teacher at boyd elementary school. He was a great teacher. If I ever had a problem I could always go to him. Even after I moved up to middle school, I would go back & visit. He could be tough teacher at times . I remember one time he caught me chewing gum, & he made me put it on the end of my nose for the day & then go out to the play ground & pick up gum with a toothpick. That was the last time I chewed gum at school. He will be missed. Again sorry for loss. Tina (dahl) Gardow.

  5. Tom and Sharon Wineinger October 14, 2019

    We have been out of town and just saw this about Eli. So sorry to hear this. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  6. Melissa Anderson October 13, 2019

    I was so sorry to hear of Eli's passing. Such a kind, kind man. Condolences to you all.

  7. Paula Utphall October 11, 2019

    My sincere condolences to the Lucas family on the loss of Eli.

  8. Emilia Chumas-Skaw October 11, 2019

    I knew Mr. Lucas because my younger sister, Andra, had him for a teacher in 4th grade, I believe. Andra was not one to love school ever.....She LOVED Mr. Lucas. Our family was always grateful that Andra got to have Mr. Lucas for a full year. During that year and every year to follow, we always heard about Mr. Lucas and what a great teacher and wonderful person he was. The times I got a chance to visit with Mr. Lucas were special I could easily see how Andra "fell in love" with him. He was truly one of a kind and someone you wanted to emulate.

    I am sorry for your loss and am thinking about your family and praying for all of you during this hard time.

    Emilia Chumas-Skaw

  9. Lisa White Fleming October 10, 2019

    Dear Pepper and family,
    I had Mr Lucas in 6th grade at Boyd. First man teacher I ever had! He got me going in math and science and was one of the reasons I became an engineer. He always remembered me when we saw each other
    I will never forget him.


  10. Pat and Michael LuCore October 9, 2019

    Eli touched the hearts of so many people in such a kind and generous way. He could fix most anything! He will be missed by those who were fortunate to know him. Hugs, thoughts, and prayers to Pepper and my cousins and their families.

  11. Ronald Decker October 9, 2019

    My condolences to you for the loss of your loved one. He was a great teacher and friend.

  12. Stephanie Pengra Brennan October 9, 2019

    Mr. Lucas was my teacher at Boyd School and I remember him so fondly. I was a highly energetic and very curious child and he not only kept up with me every step of the way, but did a fantastic job helping me focus my talents. He was a very inspiring teacher who positively impacted countless children.

  13. erv gorman October 9, 2019

    Sad to hear of my classmate and good friend Eli. He was a great friend. I will keep him in my prayers.

  14. erv gorman October 9, 2019

    sorry to hear of the death of my longtime friend, classmate and roommate. He will be missed and be kept in my prayers.

  15. John & Colleen Steffes October 9, 2019

    A special hug for Aunt Tootie and family. Eli shared so much of himself with all who were fortunate to be blessed by his presence. I especially loved his sincere and often challenging conversations. He was always upbeat, always interested in others.
    --John & Colleen Steffes

  16. June Stolp Garland October 9, 2019

    My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Lucas family. Eli Lucas was one of the memorable teachers I had the chance to experience at Boyd Elementary in Eau Claire. He left an indelible mark in education.

  17. Joanne Huse October 8, 2019

    Mr Lucas was a great teacher! So sad to hear of his passing. Hugs and prayers to his family

  18. Barbara Kuzara October 8, 2019

    Eli will always hold a special place in my heart. His smile, his warmth and the love for his family. Our prayers are with Aunt Tootie and family during this difficult time. We love you. Barbara

  19. Caroline (trisko)klaphake October 7, 2019

    Tootie and family.you have our deepest sympathy. I'm praying for you and the family at this difficult time.Caroline and steve klaphake

  20. Jim and Natalie Gritzmacher October 7, 2019

    Our sympathy to Toot"s and her family. Hugs Jim and Natalie