Melvin Paul Rubenstein

Melvin Paul Rubenstein, died November 23, 2014 at age 92 in Naples, Florida. Formerly of Louisville, he was born in St. Louis, May 7, 1922, graduated from Soldan High School, the only child of Russian immigrants, Esther and Joseph Rubenstein and grew up in the downtown merchant districts of St. Louis. His work in family grocery stores started early in his teens, and was interrupted only by a tour of duty in the Air Force where he flew with the 319th Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando), assigned to the 1st Air Commando Group of the 10th Air Force.  The squadron operated in the India-Burma-China Theater in World War II. In 1943, Dad married his high school sweetheart, Miriam Schwartz, the dark eyed beauty of his life.  Married for nearly 56 years, they had 4 children and are survived by Shelley (Martin Stewart), David (Debbie Haines) and Rick (Chris Hand) and their families. The oldest, Michael (Jimmy Whitson), died in 1991. Around 1960, Dad entered the furniture industry with encouragement from his brother-in-law, Bruce Schwartz. With an ineffable mix of warmth, charm and intensity, Dad successfully managed Biederman’s, Lang’s, Crossroads, and Rhodes stores in St. Louis, Springfield, Rock Island, Louisville and Naples. Dad played when he could at the Jewish Community Centers in St. Louis and Louisville. As a kid, he and his pals were founding members of a club called the Commodores. Dad loved his friends. He also loved chocolate, golf, University of Kentucky basketball, Denny Crum, racquetball and all types of music, candy, and sunsets. At the end he told us, “I feel good.  It’s all ok.  Think good thoughts.  If it can’t be done, do it.” We will miss him but he’s in our hearts. Contributions to Dragonfly Angel Society, Attention: Dana Stewart, Director, 7316 Hartford Road, Downers Grove, Illinois 60516. Dragonfly is an Illinois not-for-profit company (EID No. 47-2625165) serving cancer survivors.