Don Paulsell

Profile Updated: August 28, 2018
Residing In: Chelsea, MI USA
Occupation: Retired & Grandpa
Spouse/Partner: Patricia Ryan Paulsell, Retired Professor of German at MSU
Children: Karen Leigh Dec - August 4, 1971 married to Jeffrey Robert Dec on January 8, 2005.
Military Service: U S Army - Picatinny Arsenal 1967-69  
Homepage: Just Facebook (
Grandchildren and date of birth:

Grandson Ryan Jeffrey Dec born on August 30, 2009.


After graduating U of Illinois in 1966 with an BSME, I started my career at Caterpillar, but a year later, I started my Federal Service in Uncle Sam's Army. I was fortunate to spend two years at Picatinny Arsenal in Dover NJ working as a QC engineer. U of M was my choice in 1969 to spend the GI bill to earn an MSME. I attended the very first Earth Day at Hill Auditorium and heard Ralph Nader give the keynote address. A course in Air Pollution Chemistry peaked my interest in the subject.

One of my roommates was a PHS employee and told me they needed technicians to test cars at the Willow Run HEW lab during the summer of 1970. Pat was very happy when I got an offer and didn't go back to Peoria to CAT. EPA was created on 12/2/1970 and we moved to the new lab in Ann Arbor, MI in 1971-72. I have enjoyed a very rewarding and interesting career in automotive emissions and energy testing. So many changes in 40 years!

School Story:

My grandson Ryan is going into second grade next fall and he is such a "little me", i.e. seems to have to go to the principal's office frequently. I went to Dodds Grade School and then was the first and last 8th grade class at Blackhawk, graduating June 3, 1957.. The next year we went to Jr. High at Lawrence, then to SHS. But at Dodds, I recall getting a swat with a Bolo Paddle from principal Newton Elliott for pulling some girl's pigtails in second grade class. She screamed and that was that! Ryan just gets a nice conversation these days on making good choices.

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Sep 17, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Posted on: Sep 17, 2018 at 2:21 PM

HBD Shirley,
I looked where Barnhart, MO is located and you are in the neighborhood of my ancestors. My maternal grandparents lived in Desoto and Gramma Paulsell lived (to 96) in Potosi. My father was born in Belle. Lots of fun memories going there to visit. Desoto is a very hilly town and was/is the repair yard for the Misouri/Union Pacific Railroads. I would watch the biggest steam engines ever built roll in there. Wishing you a great day and year ahead.

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Sep 01, 2018 at 10:56 PM

Posted on: Sep 01, 2018 at 12:37 PM

HBD Sandy,
Hope you are enjoying a nice retirement and fun with the kids and grandkids. Pat and I enjoy spending time UP NORTH in Michigan with family and grandson, who just turned 9 and had an"Incredible" themed HBD party! I like the joke about the girl who wanted a Cinderella themed party, so her mom invited her friends to come clean the house! :-)
See you at the next reunion.

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Sep 01, 2018 at 2:56 PM

Posted on: Aug 31, 2018 at 11:00 AM

HBD Ron,
One of my summer jobs during college was as an inspector during the building of I-55. Had to do core samples and slump tests. Some of those segments have held up well. Hope you are holding up well too and enjoying retirement and having fun!
We enjoy being UP NORTH in Michigan with our family and grandson.
Best wishes. C Don Paulsell

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Aug 28, 2018 at 10:09 PM
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Jun 01, 2018 at 4:39 PM

From one Don to another, although I am a Donnell ( my mom's best friends name) - hoping your HBD was great and you got lots of hugs and extra cake! Pat and I live in Chelsea, MI and have one daugher and one grandson who are 15 minutes away. We have enjoyed cruising with them on Disney. Here are a few pics for a good laugh!

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Mar 07, 2018 at 7:39 PM

Posted on: Mar 06, 2018 at 7:04 PM

Hope you had a great day! All days are great at our age! As Carl Reiner says, he reads the obits first thing and if he's not in there , he eats breakfast! I see I had sent you the old pics from Blackhawk days. They are not very high resolution on this website.
If you would like the higher resolution files, send me an email at and I will send them and some others that will give you a smile. Stay well and have fun! C Don
Pic below is my son-in-law, daughter, grandson and wife. Retirement is super! Get to see Jim and Sue Keith almost every year when they come to Michigan.

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May 23, 2017 at 10:37 AM

Hi Jack,
Hope you have a great day and gets lots of hugs from the grandkids.
I can imagine you are one of their favorite, fun people!
Pat and I just had one daughter and she just has one son, but they live only 15 minutes away so we have the pleasure and fun of frequent contact. Ryan is 7 and will turn 8 on 8/30/17. He loves LEGOS and Star Wars.
We go UP NORTH to our condo on Lake Michigan near Glen Arbor and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
So beautiful, diverse and enjoyable. Here is a cool U-Tube for your HBD!

The guy flying the 3 kites is in his 80s and he's from Canada.

He comes to the Washington State International Kite Festival every year.
His skin is like leather as he normally flies with his shirt off.
He is deaf, so when he flies, we hold our hands up and wave them for applause.
He flies 2 with his hands and the 3rd one is attached to his waist.

You must watch to the end to see the amazing landing of that last kite. And make sure your volume is turned up because the music is wonderful and totally reflects the soaring of the kites. opup?v=nr9KrqN_lIg

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Apr 22, 2017 at 4:33 AM
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Apr 19, 2017 at 10:42 PM

Hi Dave - Hope you had a great HBD today. Yes, I agree, retirement is wonderful. Just one grandson, but he is only 15 minutes away, so we enjoy him often. I serve on a community theater Board in Chelsea, MI and enjoy doing shows and taking trips. Currently working on an addition to our barn so our '57 Bel Air has a new home once she has to move out of my sister-in-law's barn. As for the Wranglers, believe it or not, I still have my sweatshirt! Needless to say, it has shrunk radically over the years! Visited Jim Keith and his wife Sue in Port Charlotte, FL after a Disney Cruise at Christmas. They come to northern Michigan every summer as well.

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Mar 07, 2017 at 10:04 AM

Hi Patsy,
HBD! I just sent a note to Jean Ann Jenkins on her birthday. I will attach the same photo I sent to her. Should make you smile and say OMG! We had some good times back in the day! Best wishes for the day and year ahead! C Don Paulsell

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Mar 06, 2017 at 1:05 PM

HBD To the cutest girl at Dodds! Hope you are having a great day and year. It has been so nice to see you at the reunions. Still recall such fun parties we had on Saturday nights in your basement. Childhood memories are so indelible! All best wishes to you and yours. Have fun!

Feb 17, 2017 at 10:56 AM

Hi Sharon,
Hope this note finds you well, happy, and enjoying a nice retirement.
I retired in 2010 after a 40 year career at the EPA National Vehicle Emissions Lab in Ann Arbor.
We enjoy time with our 7 year old grandson, who lives just 15 minutes away. Went on a Disney Cruise with them at Christmas and it was so fun!
Visited with Jim and Sue Keith at Port Charlotte, FL and also had a lot of fun.

Pat and I have a 1957 Chevy Bel Air that we enjoy getting out when weather permits.
And speaking of crazy weather, Chelsea, MI will be 60 deg this weekend!
Hope you have a super year. I appreciate all you have done to keep our SHS class in touch.

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Nov 27, 2016 at 12:26 PM

Posted on: Nov 27, 2016 at 12:24 PM

HBD Nikki (a great gramma! - wow!) Hope you had a fun TG with all the family. A friend of mine had 24 for dinner. We just had five! Best wishes for the coming holidays.

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Sep 01, 2016 at 8:53 PM

HBD Sandy! I see we both have grandkids about the same age. Ryan Dec, our only one, turned 7 on 8/30/16 and is missing his second tooth. We are spending the week at our vacation home in Glen Arbor, MI by Sleeping Bear Bay. He had a Scooby-Doo theme party and then we went to Avalanche Bay water park in Boyne City for some thrilling rides down some screaming tubes and a calmer lazy river. Hope your day was spectacular too!

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Jun 10, 2016 at 11:08 AM

Any grads from Dodds-Blackhawk in 1957? This pic will take you back! Henry O. Brown's class

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:52 AM
After 40 years at EPA in Ann Arbor, I FINALLY retired! My 14 month grandson is just way more fun than work! He is so curious and I love exploring things with him. I am known for the saying " A difference is only a difference if it makes a difference", and we did make a difference. So many changes in 40 years!
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Don Paulsell and 13 month grandson, Ryan Dec visit the AA model railroad club display at the Dexter, MI depot. The old depot was built by the Michigan Central RR in 1886. Passenger service ended in 1956.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Cast of 38. We taught the kids to sing 3 part harmony! They were excellent.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:52 AM
I don't think the pink wig and glasses fooled anyone! The dance was a real aerobic workout! We had a super demanding choreographer, but she was so proud of us!
The guy in black is Potiphar.