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Ben Wankerl grew up in the green industry working for the 'family business'. During his free time he would plant grass in his mother’s empty flower pots, and study how it grows.
He learned how to professionally manicure lawns, and plow snow at the age of 12. Until he had his driver’s license, he would drive mowers from one property to another, carrying a water bottle, string trimmer, and leaf blower. Ben always wanted more, asking his parents to purchase a riding mower of his own to start his own lawn route in the neighborhood, his requests were denied.
Ben learned a lot of skills from 'the family business', as well as a great work ethic that which he looks for when hiring. He also learned a large amount from continuing education and training through different seminars, magazines, and groups. Ben is continuously working on educating himself, as well as teammates.
BWE started in 2009 with a worn out 20 year old plow truck. Pushing snow (when not broke down), and hauling scrap metal (also when not broke down) in the summer. Eventually the company transitioned into what it is today. Carrying on the landscaping tradition.
Ben Wankerl Enterprises LLC, offers a wide variety of landscaping services. However, BWE specializes in new construction landscaping, and complete renovations including, removal of everything outdated and overgrown, and starting fresh.
We take pride in looking at something outdated and ugly, overrun by weeds, and turning it into so something beautiful the homeowner can enjoy for years to come.
Our process starts from taking a look at the current landscape, gathering ideas, and creating a custom landscape to the homeowners needs and requests.
In memory of Paul Kaiser 9/18/1987 - 4/22/2022
"It is with extreme sadness that I write this. Paul was my best friend. He worked with us for quite some time, using his skills and knowledge to help take BWE to where it is today. He often saw a need to make, fix, or tweak something to make our job easier. Many of his ideas, and tools he made are still in use today. Paul will be dearly missed by all of us here, especially his knack for picking on all of us, with a big grin on his face. Rest easy my friend, your hard work, and dedication to BWE will never be lost or forgotten."
- Ben Wankerl 4/28/2022
Paul M. Kaiser, age 34, unexpectedly passed away on Friday, April 22nd, 2022. Paul was a creative fabricator with all things. He was employed, and loved, at Badger Fabrication in Sauk City. He was highly regarded for his knowledge, skills, dedication to detail and overall hard work ethics. He was additionally employed by his dear friend at Ben Wankerl Enterprises LLC. Here, Paul and friends worked many landscape projects. He was very proud of the work they took on; the more complicated the better. Paul enjoyed showing off before and after pictures, then sharing the challenges of each project. When not working for others, he did many side projects and specialized fabrication for himself and others. Paul saw potential in all things. He would take equipment others would throw out, and make it run and function again; many times with his own twist on how to improve it. Early in life Paul's favorite place on earth was the farm he grew up and worked on. The fever of tractors never left him through his life. Paul shared this love with his two amazing sons, Maverick and Everett. Working on tractors and tractor rides will forever be a strong memory for them both. In addition to all the above, Paul found the calling to be a volunteer Firefighter at Prairie du Sac Fire. The Brothers, and Sisters of the Department enjoyed his sense of humor, willingness to learn, abilities, and of course, his strong work attitude. Paul was comfortable in dirt, but cleaned up real nice, His charming smile, loud laugh, and kind heart will be terribly missed by this world. We all loved his grin. When someone said, "...it can't be done." The grin was, "Challenge accepted." Paul enjoyed rock concerts, camping, fire pit time, cooking, hunting, guns, and farming. He really enjoyed fabricating something to make each of those more fun, easier, or cool. Paul loved family and close friends. He was not much for crowds, but found his way into many auctions, flea markets, and steam/gas shows. Paul always saw what he could make out of something; he especially loved to get a great bargain. Thank you to all those who loved Paul and offered yourselves to him and our family during all the joys, and in times of need. Paul was born 9/18/1987 in Dubuque Iowa. He Graduated from Platteville High, then went on to Southwest Tech where he received his welding degree. Paul is survived by his wife, Candice (Detter) Kaiser and his two sons, Maverick and Everett Kaiser; his parents, Samual (Ellen) Kaiser and Kimeron (Michael) Kutzke; Grandmother Geraldine Swart; siblings Stefanie Jarjue-Kaiser, Jared (Ralph) Kaiser and step-siblings; and nephew Ezekiel Jarjue. He was preceded in death by grandparents Elmer and Dorthy Kaiser, and Richard Swart
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