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THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
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Paul E. Luhring

Issue Date: November 15, 2018

Paul E. Luhring, 83, passed away in the early morning of Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 in Marinette.

Born May 6, 1935 in Faribault, Mn., to Elwin and Florence Luhring, he graduated from Faribault High School in 1953 and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Instrumental Music in 1957 from University of Minnesota. As part of his music education, he became a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. While in college, he met Beverly Ann Jorgensen of Tyler, Mn. and they married in 1958. They spent 60 years together until his passing.

His first job was teaching Vocal Music and American History in Wayzata, Mn. In 1959, they moved to Shawano where he taught Junior High School Band for 11 years. While in Shawano, he enlisted in the United States Army Reserve and was called to duty in 1961 with the 32nd Division Band in Fort Lewis, Wa. Upon returning to Shawano, he continued his teaching career and received a Masters Degree in Music Education from the UW-Madison in 1966. In 1969, they moved to Marinette, where he served as the Director of Bands and Head of the Music Department until retiring in 1992.

While teaching in Marinette, he was active in music education both in Marinette Schools and throughout the state. He was an ad hoc member of the faculty of UW-Marinette, where he founded the CommUniversity Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble in 1977-1985.

He served as the State Band Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association from 1985-1989 and was a Field Representative for Wisconsin School Music Association from 1993-2010. He also worked with the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Band Association where he was Chairman of the NBA All-State Band from 1985-1995 and Chairman of the New Music Commission Project from 1997-2010.

In retirement, he continued with music and founded PEL Music Publications as owner, publisher and music arranger.  Many of his arrangements are permanent fixtures on the Wisconsin state solo and ensemble performance lists. In 1993 he continued his work as founder and conductor of the Northeastern Wisconsin Concert Band in Marinette until 2007. Although he gave up conducting duties, he continued playing Baritone Horn in the band until the spring of 2017.

In addition to his musical efforts, he was involved in many community organizations in the Marinette Area including being a member of the Marinette Masonic Lodge, serving as Master of the Lodge in 1998, was Secretary and Past President of the Marinette Lions Club, was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and delivered Meals on Wheels through the Northland Lutheran Home.

Known for his involvement in music, he also enjoyed photography, wine making, traveling and reading. He was proud to be in contact with former students who remarked how he influenced their lives.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly; two sons, Gregg of Green Bay and Mark (Cathy) of Waunakee; three grandchildren and a brother, Alan (Mary Linda) Luhring of Boulder, Co.

Visitation will be held at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home in Marinette on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. until time of a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. Donations can be made to the Paul E. Luhring Music Scholarship for deserving music students.


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