Emile Bulckaen


Emile E. Bulckaen Jr. of Belgium loved to make people smile, his wife Teri said.

“He was funny and talkative,” she said. “He was such a nice guy. He was always trying to help people who were down and get them through it.”

Mr. Bulckaen died unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 27, at his Belgium home. He was 43.

A native of Milwaukee, he was born on June 14, 1975, to Emile and Marie Vandenbos Bulckaen.

He earned his general education development degree in 1998.

On Oct. 10, 2009, he married Theresa Paape at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Saukville.

Last year, Mr. Bulckaen began working in the power plant at Kohler Co., a job he worked hard to get, his wife said.

“He totally loved it,” she said, noting he hoped to continue his education while working at the company. “He had a lot of dreams — traveling, school.”

Mr. Bulckaen was generous with his time and had numerous interests and hobbies, among them fixing cars, fishing, hunting, making mead and shooting guns, his wife said.

“He would find something that would catch his interest and obsess over it,” she said. “He would do it for a few months and then move on.”

Mr. Bulckaen loved his two dogs, which his wife said were his companions.

Mr. Bulckaen was never short of topics to discuss, his wife said.

“The thing everyone said is, ‘He’s such a nice guy, but boy can he talk,’” she said.

Family members noted that he could be stubborn but was filled with love.

Mr. Bulckaen is survived by his wife Teri of Cedar Grove; sisters Elfri (Tim) Goskowicz of northern Wisconsin, Emy (Bob) Stein of Florida and Anne (Tony) Cota of Racine; brothers James of Amsterdam and Ferdinand; mother-in-law Sue Paape of Saukville and brother-in-law Ryan Paape of Cedar Grove.

He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law Jeffrey Paape.

A funeral service for Mr. Bulckaen was held Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington. The Rev. Bonnie Jaque officiated.




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