David and Linda (Thornwall) Grulke

David and Linda (Thornwall) Grulke
West Allis, WI

Grulke Bio 51st High School Graduation
Dave Grulke and Linda (Thornwall) Grulke have been married since 1973 and have lived in suburban Milwaukee for over 40 years. We have three kids who are older than we like to admit. Beth and her husband have 2 kids (ages 14 and 12) and live in Waunakee, WI (suburban Madison). Laurel and her son (age 3) live in West Allis, WI (suburban Milwaukee). Matt has Down Syndrome and splits his residence between his younger sister and with us. He works, has a girlfriend, plays sports in the Special Olympics and sings in a choir. He has a more active social life than any of the rest of us.

Linda retired from nursing after 46 years of work, mostly in the emergency room and case management at a major healthcare system in Milwaukee. I like to travel with Dave to National Parks or with my girlfriends to mystery book conventions or wine tasting trips. We went on a Disney cruise to Alaska with the whole gang in the summer
of 2019 before COVID and are all planning a Disney trip next January.

Dave is still working in his remodeling business. He started his career in advertising sales after leaving journalism school and spent about 20 years in various sales and management positions. He then took about a 5 year detour into commercial property and casualty insurance sales and in 2001 established Big Dave’s Services. His company specializes in mid range and upscale kitchen and bath remodeling, BigDaves.com. He simultaneously was appointed as executive director of the Cabinet Makers Association, spending about 5 years managing that professional trade association of independent custom cabinet businesses across the US. He enjoys traveling with Linda to National Parks and other regions not previously visited in the USA, spending time with his family, the Green Bay Packers, outdoor cooking, volunteering for audio and video production at church and an occasional salmon fishing trip on Lake Michigan or other inland lakes.

Dave & Linda