Reginald “Reg” L. Gruhlke, July 16, 1951 - January 13, 2021

Reginald “Reg” L. Gruhlke
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Reginald " Reg" L. Gruhlke, 69, of Eau Claire passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

Reginald was born to Orville and Mable (Thompson) Gruhlke on July 16, 1951 in Eau Claire. He was united in marriage to Susan Pieper on June 16, 1973 in Eau Claire. Reg worked alongside his twin brother Roger at Uniroyal for 25 years until closing. After Uniroyal he started his next adventure as a home builder for a self-employed building company. At the end of his work career Reg worked as a custodian for the Eau Claire Area School District until his retirement.

In his younger years, Reg and his twin brother Roger were part of the Eau Claire Flying Eagles Ski Jumping Club and enjoyed competing in ski jumping tournaments in the local area. Later on, Reg became the head of calculations for the Silver Mine Ski Jumping Event.  

Over the years he enjoyed bowling, playing softball, golfing with his kids and watching them play in tennis tournaments or run marathons, hunting with his brothers, playing with and teasing his grandchildren and, of course, spending quality time with his family.

Reg was an amazing husband, father and grandpa (nicknamed “fancy pants” from his loving grandchildren). He had a loving personality and a sense of humor that always had you laughing. We will miss his daily weather reports and sports updates. He will be greatly missed by all. 

Reg is survived by his wife Susan of Eau Claire, WI; son Ryan Gruhlke and daughter in-law Andrea Gruhlke of Chicago, IL, daughter Lisa Makowski and son-in-law Luke Makowski of Hanover, MN; step-daughter Jennie (Raney) Nelson of Greenfield, IN; his beloved grandchildren Nora and Mason Makowski; step-grandchildren Zoe, Rowan & Kaeden Nelson. He is further survived by his brother Wayne (Judy) Gruhlke; sisters Bonnie Spencer and Gayle Hanson; many special nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at

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


  1. Jim & Lana Luhm January 22, 2021

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family has had so much sadness in the past couple of years. Reg and Rog both were in our wedding and we were just looking back at the pictures and remembering. Our thoughts and prayers to the Gruhlke family.

  2. Jini Bilyeu January 18, 2021


    I'm so very sorry to hear of Reggie's passing. I can't imagine your loss and heartbreak. Your family has gone through so much in such a short time. My heart aches for you all. I have so many great memories of the "Gruhlke" family. I pray for your healing. God Bless you and your family.

  3. Kimberly Hill Phelps January 17, 2021

    Sue and All;

    I just saw this obituary and feel heartbroken for you. Reg was honored beautifully in this message you shared about him. Please know I’m thinking about you and send my sympathy.

  4. Ruth Blodvett January 17, 2021

    We loved living at E45 Woodridge Dr. and thought of Reg often, as the co-builder of our dream house. Rest in peace Reg, and peace to his family.

  5. Kathy Gilbert Lind January 16, 2021


    I am so sorry for loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


  6. Dave Sather January 16, 2021

    So sorry to hear about your (our) loss! Reg was a good friend and helped create many wonderful memories from our early years at the Holiday Inn, deer hunting in Stone Lake, and hundreds of card games. He will be missed! RIP my friend.
    Say hi to Wayne for me.

  7. Diane Riedel January 15, 2021

    So sorry to all the family during this difficult time. Hold on to all the special memories that you will have forever. Prayers to all. Diane Jenson Riedel

  8. Tom Thompson January 15, 2021

    Rest in Peace, Reggie.

  9. Connie Russell January 15, 2021

    So sorry to read of your husband’s death, Sue. My heart goes out to you.

  10. Dennis (Greek) & Pam Christopherson January 15, 2021

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Reg.
    Great friend.
    Our prayers to the family.

  11. Laura Galleymore January 15, 2021

    Oh Lisa I am so sorry to hear about your Dad! My heart goes out to you and your family.

  12. Jim and Rita Johnson January 15, 2021

    So sorry for your tragic loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

  13. Ann & David Godlewski January 15, 2021

    Dear Sue, Ryan, Lisa & Family,
    Our deepest sympathies on the death of Reg. We hope your memories help you during this difficult time.
    Ann & David Godlewski

  14. Rick Mattson January 15, 2021

    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Reg. I did not know him but worked along side his daughter Lisa whom is an amazing individual. I can only guess based on Lisa that Reg will be missed by so many. We will keep the family in our thoughts & prayers and remember you have so many memories that will see you through this difficult time.

  15. Jim and Jean Pederson January 15, 2021

    Our prayers are with your Family at this time.

  16. Dale Baumgarten January 14, 2021

    Sorry for your loose we sure had many trips up and down that ski hill together rest in peace

  17. Paul Nelson January 14, 2021

    Dear Sue,
    We’re so sorry to hear about Reg. We’re keeping you in our prayers. God Bless.
    Paul & Donna Nelson

  18. Linda Christ January 14, 2021

    Dear Sue, My heart aches for you. May the promise of eternal life give you comfort. All of your Meadowview friends mourn your loss.

  19. George Utphall January 14, 2021

    I'm so sorry! I loved working with Reg and Sue and Ryan and Lisa at Memorial. A beautiful family of kind and caring people. Reg had a sweet soft smile and a quiet mannerism. He was a delight to be around.

  20. John and Sherry Makowski January 14, 2021

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your family.

  21. Pam Weiland-Schuster January 14, 2021

    Dear Sue and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Reg. I know you will miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    With lots of love,