Erwin Dohmen


Erwin John Dohmen, age 92, died peacefully in hospice at Columbia St Mary’s in Mequon on July 27, 2019.

He was born in Milwaukee to Erwin Joseph and Olive (Netzow) Dohmen on April 28, 1927.  

He graduated from Shorewood High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Upon his return from service, Erv continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with a degree from its School of Pharmacy.

After becoming a licensed pharmacist, he married Jane Mary Fitzgibbon of Milwaukee on Sept. 8, 1951.

Erv began working in the family business, The F. Dohmen Co., in 1951. As a member of the fourth generation of company leadership, he worked with his cousin Fred Dohmen to modernize and expand the pharmaceutical wholesale business. He served as Dohmen’s president from 1982 to 1992.

After retiring, he and Jane split their residence between Florida and Wisconsin, ultimately returning to Wisconsin full time in the Town of Belgium.  

Erv was a life-long lover of nature, sharing his appreciation of birds, fishing, hiking and camping with his family and friends.

He was also quick to give of his time and talent, serving in leadership roles at church, Nicolet High School, Rotary Club, Salvation Army and the National Wholesale Druggists Association.

A man of great integrity and the highest principles, he will be missed.

He is survived by his children Linda Dohmen, Ted (Sheila Noeth) Dohmen, John (Heidi) Dohmen, Kathryn Song, Philip (Carol) Dohmen and Cynthia (Tom) LaConte.  

He is further survived by nine grandchildren, other relatives and friends.  

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

The Rev. Julian Hills will officiate a memorial service on Friday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m. at St. Simon the Fisherman Episcopal Church, 3448 N. Green Bay Rd., Port Washington, with an off-site reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Erv’s life.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be sent in his honor to the Salvation Army at

Information and condolences are available at or (262) 284-4431.



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