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Hubert L. McNamara, December 29, 1929 - May 20, 2020

Hubert L. McNamara
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Hubert (Hugh) L. McNamara, age 90, of Eau Claire passed away at home Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

Hugh was born December 29th, 1929 to Leo and Marie (Greenheck) McNamara in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He graduated from West High School in Madison, WI in 1948 and continued on to the University of Wisconsin – Madison, graduating in 1955.  Hugh served in the US Marine Corp during the Korean War as a Radar Repairman.  He was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant. 

Hugh was employed at the Pure Oil Co. in 1956 as the Branch Manager.  He then worked for the Union Oil Co. and retired in 1990 as a Senior Sales Representative out of Eau Claire.  Hugh married the love of his life Mary Jens on June 1st, 1957 and they raised four wonderful children.  Hugh was deeply devout and was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish since 1958.

Hugh enjoyed being a part of his community, serving on the Eau Claire County Board from 1980 to 1986; being a member of the Golden “K” Kiwanis; as well as being a member of the American Legion Post 53.  He volunteered at the Paul Bunyan Camp in Eau Claire and the Stone Lake Museum, which is by the family’s summer cabin on Lake Big Sissabagama.   

Hugh is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Peggy (Russ) Dangerfield, Patty (Mark) Crabtree, John (Vika) McNamara, and Mary Ann (Chuck) Markham; grandchildren, Stephanie (Tristan), Christina, Laura (Louis), Joshua (Kelsey), Marissa, Anthony, and Marina; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Lorraine Hertz, Kathleen Ptacek, Sue (Roger) Gmur; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dolores Frederick; brothers-in-law, Jack Frederick, Len Hertz, and Tony Ptacek; and sister-in-law, Patricia Sholts.  

The family would like to send a special thanks to their Oakwood Hills Retirement family and staff, Recover Care, and St. Croix Hospice, especially Michelle, Nancy, and Morgan.

Memorials may be sent to Paul Bunyan Camp, 1110 Halfmoon Dr., Eau Claire, WI, 54703 or the Stone Lake Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 35, Stone Lake, WI, 54876.

“Life has been good to me.”

Private Family Committal Service will take place at the Chapel of Resurrection Mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery in Eau Claire. Mass will take place at a later date at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1712 Highland Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701.

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Bruce Kemper June 25, 2020

    Dear Mary and children
    I have only today learned of the loss of my dear old friend. Although we have been apart since the early 70's our memories of the energetic friendships we shared are a part of our lives. The words "take the nuts off the buggy" are a memorable reminder of the friendship and love we shared for one another. The memories of the years spent with Hugh are indelible. It was a time of hard work, enjoyable time with great friends and raising our families as well. We sincerely share your loss of such a great man.
    Lord willing we will find each other again.
    With love and blessings,
    Bruce and Barb ..

  2. Ginny Purdiak June 16, 2020

    Dear Mary,
    From the Looby Family, we offer our deepest condolences to you and your entire family. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you. The old Lyndale neighborhood was a wonderful place and I think of you when I drive past Mom and Dad’s house.
    Thinking of you and I am so very sorry.

  3. patricia liebl June 15, 2020

    High was a fun and very kind fellow when I knew best in High School. We shared desks next to each other for four years in home room. Many fond memories

  4. Susan Lindrud Segall June 6, 2020

    I am so sorry to hear of Hugh’s passing. You don’t know me, but I am John Lindrud’s daughter. My dad worked with Hugh at the Paul Bunyan camp and was also a member of the Golden K Club. Hugh was one of the people my dad talked about a lot; they were good friends. My dad passed last October and you can bet he was there to meet Hugh and they are busy with whatever projects need doing in the next life! So sorry for your loss.

  5. Rich, Sue Majerus June 5, 2020

    So sorry to hear about Hugh's passing. We enjoyed seeing you at the lake and will certainly be missed. Sending prayers., And hope to see you and other family at the lake.
    Rich, Sue Majerus, previous neighbors at Pine Ridge, now a little further on Sissabagama roa.d

  6. Joe and Mary Lonsdale June 3, 2020

    Dear Mary and family
    We were so very sorry to learn that Hugh passed away. We always enjoyed seeing the 2 of you in church and will definitely miss seeing his smiling face.
    Love and prayers to all of you.
    Joe and Mary Lonsdale

  7. Bonnie Spitz June 3, 2020

    So sorry to hear of your loss, Mary. Love the memories of working with you. Mac looks like he was a very happy, fun person. He was lucky to have you by his side. Say 'hi' to Mary Ann, the best babysitter ever. I'm thinking of you and your family.

  8. Susan Peterman Calnin June 3, 2020

    Hello Aunt Mary, Peggy, Patty John and Mary Ann. So sorry to hear that our Uncle Mac has left us for a better place. He was always one of my favorites, so much fun and such a great laugh. Our families shared many happy times in our Eau Claire days. Mary and Mac took care of our daughter Melissa when I was having our son Nicholas. I think it was Peggy or Patty who babysat for us when my husband Wolfgang was in grad school. Such is the circle of life. May God grant you peace in knowing that Uncle Mac is smiling on you from heaven.

  9. Pat Peterman June 2, 2020

    Hello Macs one and all. Sad to hear that "Uncle Mac" has left us. I know he was a good family man and you will miss him forever. Who can forget those wonderful family get-togethers, especially the summer at your cabin? Great memories. I always enjoyed watching the chemistry between Rog and Hugh. They gave new meaning to the term "wise cracker." Chances are good they are together and at it again! Glad I got the chance to know and be a small part in the life of your husband and dad.

    Pat Peterman

  10. Tom Joles June 2, 2020

    Dear Mary and Peggy,
    I'm thinking of both of you, and everyone else feeling a void right now, after the death of Hugh.
    As the boy who would come around periodically to see his daughter, I never saw him smile like he did in the obit picture, but I always sensed there was a fine man behind those scrutinizing eyes.
    I'm so glad I got to see Hugh, and you Mary, at Oakwood Hills before he died.
    I never really knew your husband's/father's story until I read his obituary. I am especially interested in Hugh's/your wish to send donations to the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp. Even though Pat and I have been back in Eau Claire 3 years, we still go there periodically and continue to find it a fascinating place.
    We will visit again soon, and when we do, we will leave some extra money behind in the name of Hubert L. McNamara. We will also pause for a moment to remember a man who scared the hell out of Peggy's
    boy friends, but made others feel loved and important.
    Tom Joles

  11. Gordon Larson June 1, 2020

    I am saddened by the news that we have lost Hubert from our midst. I heard some time ago that he was ill, but had hoped for his recovery. I have been close to Hugh for several years, in the Kiwani's Club and the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp. I always had a great respect for him in so many ways, and he became a close personal friend of mine. Hugh will be sadly missed but wonderful memories and admiration for his contributions to leave this a better world will last into infinity. So sorry. Gordy

  12. Larry Doyle June 1, 2020

    Mary and family, please accept my sincere condolences regarding the passing of Hugh. I have had the privilege of getting to know Hugh well the past 15 years at the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp. Hugh was a gem at the camp, serving on the board, providing financial support and volunteering on a regular basis for years. He had such a great sense of humor that everyone enjoyed. We will deeply miss Hugh’s presence at the camp.

  13. Jody (Grambo) Nelson May 30, 2020

    Dear Peggy and family. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this time. Peggy, you have, and always will remain such a special, lifelong friend in my life and I have wonderful memories of us growing up together in Eau Claire and your dear father allowing us to literally take over his front yard so that we could build our class float for the Memorial High School Homecoming Parade! He truly loved and adored his family and may our Lord and Savior shower all of you with His love and peace as only He can do dear, precious friend. ????

  14. Bob & Bev Johnson May 23, 2020

    We will miss Mac, a personal friend, always willing to help with his friends and neighbors, regardless of the project. We have known him on Siss for 45 years and always enjoyed his company, his optimism. A great family man, former Marine and patriot. He lived a long, productive, and fulfilling life. We pray for him & his family over his loss.