Benjamin J. Brecke, 27

Benjamin Brecke, of Saukville, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. He was 27 years old. Ben was born in Milwaukee on April 14, 1986, the youngest son of Howard Brecke and Joan Gasner Brecke. Ben grew up in Saukville and graduated from Port Washington High School with the class of 2004. Ben was working toward a degree in environmental sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He was an active member of St. Peterís United Church of Christ in Saukville participating in the churches music ministry.

Ben loved the outdoors and nature. He could often times be found hiking at the Lionís Den Gorge in Grafton, cross-country skiing or sitting around a campfire in his backyard looking over Peninsula Park in Saukville. Ben was known for being extremely compassionate. He also gave the best hugs!

Ben is survived by his parents, Howard and Joan of Saukville; and his two brothers, Matthew (Michelle) Brecke of Port Washington and Andrew Brecke of Cascade. He is further survived by his special niece and nephews, Evan, Brodie and Hannah; and his aunts and uncles, Linda (Elmer) Miller of Plymouth, Bill (Judy) Gasner of West Bend, Frank (Connie) Gasner of Kewaskum, Susie (Charles) Feathers of Cassopolis, Mich., Elizabeth (William) Yetter of Westminster, Colo., Mary Brecke of Hurley, Paula (James) Gardner of Hurley, Charles (Jody) Ulczycki of Williams Bay, and Jill (the late Marty) Brecke of Chicago; and other relatives and many, many friends. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Frank and Dorothy Gasner, Guy and Barbara Brecke and his uncles Joseph and Marty Brecke.

A memorial service celebrating Benís life will take place on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Peterís United Church of Christ, 166 W. Dekora St., Saukville with the Rev. Brian Damrow officiating. A time of gathering will take place at the church on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested to Riveredge Nature Center, 4458 Hawthorne Drive, Saukville WI 53080 or St. Peterís United Church of Christ in Saukville.

The Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington is honored to serve the family. Online condolences may be left at