David Gelfand

David Gelfand, November 12, 2017

David Gelfand, 85, formerly of St Charles, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2017, at the Missouri Veterans Home in St Louis. 

He was born May 30, 1932, in Philadelphia, the son of Harry and Pearl Glick Gelfand. He married Mary Ann Meckes on November 21, 1953, in Quincy, Illinois.

David was a member of the US Air Force. He was a Cryptographer in the Korean War, stationed in Greenland. He was also stationed at Omaha Air Force Station and Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota. 

David attended Washington University in St Louis. 

After his release from the Air Force, David joined the ranks of the Federal Government. He was employed at the Goodfellow Army Command as a Management Analyst as well as a grievance examiner. Later he was a Supervisor in the Electronics Department at Tropic Test Center in the Panama Canal Zone. David was a Supervisory Inspector General for the Department of Defense at the Army Materiel Command at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. David received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.

He retired in 1990 and moved to St Charles in 1991.

David was an active volunteer, serving on the Traffic Committee for the City of Ferguson, with Operation Food Search, with the St Charles School District OASIS program, with the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, as a Board Member of B’nai Torah, and as a Board Member of the Center for Hearing & Speech. He was a proud member of American Legion Post 312 and enjoyed playing cards on Wednesday afternoons with his fellow veterans.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Rose Gelfand, his daughter Kay Glassman, and his great-grandson Jesse Andersen. 

David is survived by his wife, Mary Ann of Creve Coeur; children Greg (Ann) Gelfand of Olivette; Laura (Lou) Roberts of Daphne, AL; and Cheryl (Mike) Grant of Chesterfield; ten grandchildren: Jon (Megan) Glassman and Meg (Jack) Hudson; Katherine Gelfand; Corey, Kevin, and Caitlyn Roberts; and Michael Brown and Andrew, Chloe, and Maeve Grant; three great-children: Adelaide and Genevieve Glassman and Johnny Hudson; and siblings Meyer and Esther Gelfand.

Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army, Midland Division Headquarters, 130 Hampton Avenue, Saint Louis, Missouri 63139; The Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, 10965 Schuetz Road, Saint Louis, Missouri 63146;  or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Please visit bergermemorialchapel.com for more information. BERGER MEMORIAL SERVICE