Donald E. Doeller, 88, purchasing agent, modeler


Donald E. Doeller, a retired purchasing agent, miniature lighthouse collector and watercraft modeler, died of heart failure Saturday at Raleigh Community Hospital in North Carolina. The longtime Guilford resident was 88.

Born and raised on Calvert Street in Baltimore, Mr. Doeller was a 1933 graduate of Friends School and attended the University of Maryland.

In 1938, he went to work as purchasing agent for Simpson & Doeller Co., a family printing business founded by his grandfather in the 19th century. The Key Highway company specialized in designing and printing labels used by Baltimore and Eastern Shore canneries. It was purchased by Diamond International Corp., from which he retired in 1969.

During the early 1980s, Mr. Doeller worked as a salesman and display coordinator for Bendann Art Galleries, then in the Towson Plaza Shopping Center.

He later lived in St. Michaels before moving to Jacksonville, Fla., and then to Raleigh last year.

Mr. Doeller enjoyed sailing, and was an accomplished modeler of Chesapeake Bay vessels such as skipjacks, bugeyes and log canoes. He donated his collection of model Tidewater lighthouses to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, where he had been a volunteer.

He also volunteered at the Memorial Hospital at Easton and was a former member of Roland Park Presbyterian Church. He was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in St. Michaels.

Mr. Doeller's wife of 60 years, the former Mary A. Beggs, died in 1999.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Banks United Methodist Church in Wilton, N.C.

He is survived by a daughter, Donna L. Bond of Youngsville, N.C.; a brother, Dr. Charles Doeller of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Marilyn "Mimi" Blain, died in 1969.

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