of Chelsea, MI, formerly of Salem, SC; Royal Oak;  Farmington Hills; Fairfield, CT; Mountain View, CA; and Appleton, WI, age 91, passed away peacefully at home Friday, March 15, 2019, surrounded by family. He was born January 5, 1928, in Appleton, Wisconsin, the second youngest of nine children of Joseph & Alma (Flesh) Dohr.  Paul attended Layton School of Art. During WW II he served in the Navy in a Combat Information Center (CIC).  Afterwards he continued his education under the GI Bill, graduating with a BFA from Washington University with a major in advertising. 
In corporate life, Paul’s work included freelance advertising design and 32 years with the same company. He started as art director and was promoted to market management and to national account management.  Paul was a past president of Toastmasters.  He also formed an adult enrichment art program for the state of Wisconsin in 1953 and formed the Fox Valley Artist Guild.  He was also a 2nd Degree Knight of Columbus member.   Perhaps Paul is best recognized as a watercolor artist.  He enjoyed many juried art awards, produced several one-man showings, taught watercolor painting, and has permanent collections in South Carolina at the Blue Ridge Art Center in Seneca, at the Anderson Art Center in Anderson, and at the Belton Art Center in Belton.
On June 3, 1989, he married Ellen Haagen in Novi, MI, and she survives. He is also survived by three sons, Paul J. Dohr, Jr. of Livonia,  Thomas J. Dohr of Rochester Hills, and James P. Dohr of Bothell, WA; a daughter, Susan Van Camp of Linden, MI; a sister, Marjorie Palmer of Boulder Junction, WI; four step-children, Elizabeth McGowan of Oviedo, FL, Amy Haagen of Dexter, John Haagen of Anthem, AZ, Meg Haagen of Commerce Township; 20 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elaine Jansen, and by a daughter, Catharine Perham.
A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, March 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating.  A memorial service in South Carolina will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice , 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, 48103. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.

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#8 ROBERT BROHM 2019-04-03 16:34
I am the Grand Knight of Council 6884 in Seneca SC.
At our business meeting April 4 we will say a decade of the Rosary for Paul.
God Bless
#7 R J Dohr 2019-03-22 12:54
My thoughts and Prayers to All the Family and friends on the loss of a kind, thoughtful ,loving and a forever positive man.
Paul always took the time to ask ask how everyone in the Family was doing. An Uncle who seemed to love All of Life and got to enjoy so many great years. His talents were amazing ,truly a blessing to all of his students and those who are still able to enjoy his works.
He will be greatly missed. My deepest Wishes of Blessings and Prayers to Friends and Family.
R. J. ( Russ ) Dohr and family
#6 Ellen Dohr 2019-03-21 18:01
I am so sad to hear of Uncle Paul's death. Aunt Marge P in Wisconsin just called and told me the news. We will be there in Chelsea to meet the rest of the family on Saturday morning from Lansing MI. Ellen Dohr, Scott and Alexandra
#5 Tom Lavelle 2019-03-21 11:45
Mrs. Cole : Family:

I met Paul through Knight's of Columbus about four years ago here @ St. Paul Church in Seneca, SC.
Kindly accept my sincerest condolences on his passing.
Will keep you in my thoughts & prayers in the time ahead.

Tom Lavelle
#4 John JJ Jansen 2019-03-20 22:16
My heart hurts ... we have lost a wonderful man, a gifted and loving human being. I miss you already Uncle Paul. Thank you, so much, for your kindness and patience, and all of the thoughtful life lessons you taught me as a child and young man. It was a pleasure and honor to know you as a nephew and friend. My condolences to Uncle Paul's family and friends and especially Ellie. May God bless and comfort you during this time of loss. I love you all ! Peace be with you. Cousin JJ
#3 Lori Jansen Nelson 2019-03-19 10:30
Uncle Paul was most definitely one of my favorite Uncles. Always very caring and just a sweet gentle man. My condolences to all my cousins and their families and to his wife, Ellie. God Bless
#2 Linda Veerkamp 2019-03-18 02:15
I am saddened to hear that my uncle Paul has passed away. He was one of my favorite uncles. After my dad passed away he would take my mom (his sister) and my brother Donnie out to lunch and he would tell us the greatest stories about his brothers and sisters And the good all days. He never talked much about himself and was always interested in what others had to say. Uncle Paul valued family, the church and everything GOOD!!!! I will miss you uncle PAUL!!!!!
Prayers and Love to all Paul's children, grandchildren and great grand kids, my cousins and Auntie Marge Paul's sister. XXX OOO Love Love Love. Linda Veerkamp
#1 Krissy Bushell Roux 2019-03-17 17:13
Paul was a delightful man, who was easy to talk to, quick to laugh, compassionate to all, and loving. We will miss him and his warm smile. And will always be reminded of him when we look at his beautiful paintings.

Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you Aunt Ellie, and to your family, and to the entire Dohr family.

With our deepest condolences and love,
Libby, Krissy and Chris

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