Paul Howard Goelzer Sr.

February 2, 1943September 13, 2018
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Paul Howard Goelzer, Sr., 75, of Mansfield, TX, passed peacefully on to his heavenly home on September 13, 2018 in Dallas surrounded by his family who loved him so much. Paul was born February 2, 1943 in Glen Cove, NY to Charles and Constance Goelzer. One of three brothers, Paul graduated from North Shore High School and received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from West Virginia University. While at WVU, Paul met the love of his life Susan Clevenger and they married on August 29, 1964.

Paul entered the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant and served in Okinawa as an executive and supply officer. Paul was later promoted to Captain while in the Reserves.

Paul was a successful businessman/entrepreneur who founded Goelzer Industries, a best in class national envelope manufacturer and printing company. As owner/CEO, Paul was much loved as an energetic and positive leader to his employees, customers and suppliers. Paul was a loving husband and wonderful father to his family. He was always encouraging and generous as he led his family with smiles and laughter. Paul loved life and never sat down. He was always happy and danced through life. Paul travelled the world with his best friend and wife, Susan and their family. He also enjoyed all beach activities at their South Padre Island residence and skiing in Colorado and Utah. Paul was also a prolific triathlete/runner as he competed in over 100 races. Highlights include competing in the 2009/2010 NYC Triathlon, 2010 Chicago Triathlon, 2011 NYC Marathon, 2012 Paris Marathon and 2012 Iceland Half Marathon.

His parents Charles and Constance and, his brother, Alan, precede Paul in death. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Susan, his daughter Connie and husband Ross, his son Paul Jr. and wife Carolyn and son Gregory Patrick, and his grandchildren Anne, Ross II, Alexander and Grace Crutchfield and Elizabeth and Sophie Goelzer. He is also survived by his brother Bill Goelzer and wife Joyce along with numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his favorite dog Dutch and the ducks in his pond. Paul will be greatly missed by all.

The family will receive friends on Friday, September 21, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home in Arlington. A funeral service celebrating Paul’s life will be held Saturday, September 22, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Mansfield with a reception to follow at Goelzer Industries. A private committal service will be held at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be directed to UT Southwestern Medical Center, P.O. Box 910888, Dallas, Texas 75319-0888, or online at to support the Cancer Center research.


  • Dr. Michael Ankrum
  • Ross Crutchfield
  • Ross Crutchfield II
  • Alexander Crutchfield
  • Gerardo Dominguez
  • Paul Goelzer, Jr.
  • Bill Slade
  • Tom Slettebo


  • Visitation Friday, September 21, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 22, 2018
  • Reception Saturday, September 22, 2018

Paul Howard Goelzer Sr.

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Redd Stahl

October 10, 2018

Very sorry to hear about Paul, Sr. While I only met him once, I heard many great things about this man. My sincerest condolences to the family. God bless his soul.

john Barber

September 21, 2018

Without a doubt Paul Goelzer Sr. is one of the finest, most honest and caring people I have ever met. I am certain he will be missed by everyone that ever met him. He truly put others interest above his own everyday. I consider myself fortunate and blessed to have known him and done business with him for the past 15 years. We always knew we were in good hands with Paul and his team. Paul SR. is absolutely in good hands now.

Our prayers and thoughts will be with Paul SR, his family and employees.

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Traci Johnston

September 17, 2018

Always a kind and wise man. I so appreciated his wisdom and guidance, there were times we might have disagreed, but we always came to an agreeement. Senior will be missed. I just want to say thank you to both Senior and Junior for always being there for your clients, no matter how big or small. Prayers to all of the Goelzer family!

Daniel M. Millet The Printer Family

September 16, 2018

Paul Goelzer was a revolutionary who single-handedly changed the custom-ordered envelope industry forever. His vision for absolute quality, total honesty and extremely prompt service set Goelzer Industries apart from many others in the field.

He has been a trusted family friend for over 30 years and a highly valuable resource. Paul's legacy lives on, but he will be missed dearly.

Marcia Rogers

September 16, 2018

I never met “Senior” but talked via email a few times. He was so kind to my son when he needed a job and Ryan looked up to him and enjoyed his friendship. He will always be remembered as a special man who made a huge difference in my son’s life.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all today!

Tessa Moss

September 16, 2018

The Mosses send our love and prayers to your family. We love all of you and we are lifting you up with prayer.