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“Dear Rikki,Don and I are very sorry. One of the greatest gifts of my years in public service has been knowing you and Len. I learned a great deal...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Jill Long Thompson - Argos, IN

“Dear Rikki & Family:I first met Leonard Goldstein when I worked at Platka Export and new in Ft. Wayne. Then in later years, I knew him through Allen...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Lois Steere - Ft. Wayne, IN

“Rikki and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Leonard was a devoted man, strong in his faith and beliefs and devoted to family and helping others...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Belinda Dean - Fort Wayne, IN

“My deepest sympathies to Rikkii and family. We lost a good neighbor, good Rotarian, and good man. ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: John Kowalczyk - Fort Wayne, IN

“My father came to Ft. Wayne in the 60's when Leorard gave him a job. Needless to say, if it weren't for Leonard, I would never have called Ft. Wayne...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Ty Reed - Fort Wayne, IN

“Beth and John Beams send our love and best wishes to Rikki and the entire Goldstein family. We have known Len Goldstein pretty much our entire adult...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: John and Beth Beams - Churubusco, IN

“A gentle man who lived his values. He will be greatly missed. ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: Claudette Einhorn - Indianapolis, IN

“My condolences to Rikki and the family. What a difference Len's 71 years of life, leadership and service made to the Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Nancy Cripe - Fort Wayne, IN

“So very sorry to hear of the loss. I will always remember the beautiful pictures of Mr. and Mrs. Goldstein taken with my parents in their younger...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Rhonda Gerson-Hurwitz - IN

“I was saddened to read Mr. Goldsrein's obituary in the paper today. His intelligent, insightful letters to the editor will be sorely missed. ...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Dee Herman - Wolcottville, IN

“BILL AND PAT ANTHIS EXTEND CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY. ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: BILL & PAT ANTHIS - PATOKA, IN

“Len was a great advocate for justice and a key supporter of desegregating the Fort Wayne schools. I was honored to count him as a friend and ally...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“Len was and is a credit to his family, his community and his faith. His humor and sensitivity to injustice were his tools of change. ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Carol Durham - Durham, NC

“My sincere condolences to Rikki and the rest of the family in their loss 0f their beloved Leonard. The community has lost a "gem". He was one that...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: A friend

“Len was a great ally in the battle to desegregate Fort Wayne Schools. I also considered him a good friend.His passion for justice in this city will...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Larry Hayes - Fort Wayne, IN


Leonard M. Goldstein passed away April 20 in Carmel, Indiana at the age of 97. Len was born in Cleveland, Ohio, September 27, 1920, to Rose and Mitchell Goldstein. He graduated from Ohio State University, and soon moved to Fort Wayne, where he lived with his wife Rikki for the next 71 years. He worked in export management, spending the bulk of his career with the company he founded, Midland, Inc. Len's civic engagement occupied him until a few weeks before his death, including serving on the boards of local arts organizations, civil and constitutional rights groups, community physical and mental health providers, and institutions devoted to Jewish community life. He also served a term as president of the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board. A passionate advocate of fairness and justice, as well as his views on how to achieve them, he was a frequent contributor to the OpEd page of the Fort Wayne newspapers. Len is survived by his wife Rikki, his children Michael, Steven, Jan Goldstein and Lisa Post, and his grandchildren Ben and Jon Barefoot; Amanda and Anya Goldstein; and Cort, Arlee, Zach, and Kailee Post, several great-grandchildren and a sister Marianne Wheeler of Tucson, AZ. Services will be at the Achduth Vesholom Temple, 5200 Old Mill Road, Monday, April 23, at 10:30 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior. Burial ceremony at Lindenwood Cemetery, well-wishers are invited to a luncheon gathering back at the Temple. Arrangements by D.O. McComb and Sons Foster Park Funeral