Glen R. Beulen Jr., 89 |
July 30, 1929 -- Jan. 4, 2019
Glen (Bud) R. Beulen Jr., 89, of Berlin, died peacefully at home Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.
He was born July 30, 1929, in Oshkosh to Glen Sr. and Viola (Cartwright) Beulen. Glen Sr. called him his little buddy, nicknaming him “Bud.”
Driving through Berlin with his best friend Claude Benedict one fine day, they spotted four girls on the bridge, one being Rosalie Piotrowski. He married her Sept. 3, 1949, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Berlin in a double wedding ceremony with her sister Fran and Eugene Bednarek.
As a child, Bud yodeled in a bluegrass band with his aunt Dolores Hedges, uncle Willie Cartwright, and uncle Jerry Cartwright, eventually traveling to WLS in Chicago. His interest in airplanes was a result of watching Steve Wittman work on his airplane. He was the only “kid” who would keep his hands in his pockets. As a teenager, Bud served in the Civil Air Patrol at Wittman Field. Later, he served many years in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. In his early years, Bud also worked as a photographer for Mr. Miles Kimball, and later for Mr. Marcus at the Ripon Theater.
Bud moved his family to Milwaukee while working for Kramp Construction. He retired from the Pabst Brewing Co. in Milwaukee, after 23 years in the Bottle House. He moved back to Berlin after retiring, and in true Bud fashion, worked at the Barrel Haus, the Berlin Journal, and Old Abe’s Antiques.
Bud loved to travel, taking Rosy, their moms, six children, numerous nieces and nephews, and eventually grandchildren across the country, from Catalina Island to Disney World. He loved his trucks, car wax, and a polish rag. He was a “jack of all trades,” which included carpentry, woodworking, plumbing, drawing, art, photography, automobiles, and genealogy.
In 2007, Bud suffered his first of many severe strokes, and his daughter helped him get through his first recovery. He then came back home in Berlin, and in 2012 his son Dan became his sole caregiver.
Bud was preceded in death by Rosalie; his parents, Glen and Viola; his sister, Verna; and his brothers, Alan and Richard.
Bud is survived by sisters, Pat Mellenthin and Mary Roberts; brother, David (Joyce) Beulen; children, Dan, Joe (Kathy), Deb, Bill, Tim and Ken; in-laws, Alice (Ervin) Fay and
Norby Piotrowski; his grandchildren, Jason, Aaron (Alisa), Jolie, Scott (Melissa), Sean (Carly), Ashley (Matt), Arielle (Ron), Evan (Esther), Heidi and Elliott (Crystal); 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was a good and loving man and we miss him dearly.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at All Saints Catholic Parish of Berlin with the Rev. David Greenfield officiating.
Family and friends may visit with the family and pay their respects to Bud on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Wiecki Skipchak Funeral Home of Berlin from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Burial will follow the service at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery of Berlin; all are invited back to the Parish hall for a luncheon.
Wiecki-Skipchak Funeral Home is assisting the family: 116 S. Adams Ave., Berlin, WI 54923, 920-361-2050.