Monday, February 5, 2024
Starts at 1:30 pm (Eastern time)
Donald Lewis Greenbaum, a forever young almost 99 years of age passed away on February 1, 2024 after a life well lived. Survived by his beloved wife Shelley (Blumenthal), son Richard (Kathleen) Greenbaum and the late Margie Friedman, stepdad to Gary (Stacey) Distell and Bruce (Sally) Distell, Wonderful grandchildren Jamin (Katie) Paul (Meg) Alex (Maddie), Dan, Andrew (Hannah) Dylan, Ryan, Sami, Matt and three great-granddaughters Savanna, Isla and Juliet.
Don grew up in Wynnefield with his beloved family. He went to Riverside Military Academy for high school and upon graduation went into the Army, during WWII where he served as a forward observer for the 283rd field artillery battalion in Europe. He earned a Purple Heart for his injuries and while recuperating he was called to fight in the Battle of the Bulge. He was among the liberators of Dachau, a memory which always haunted him. He became a public speaker along with his dear friend, the late Ernest Gross, a survivor of Dachau. They spoke throughout the United States and Europe of their experiences. He received the Legion of Honor award from the French government. After the war he attended Dickinson College where he was Captain of the cheerleaders. Don was in the industrial chemical business for many years. He loved his customers and took an interest in their lives. Don loved life, his dear family and friends. He had a great sense of humor and a quick wit. He was a lifetime member of Green Valley Country Club and an avid golfer until he was 97. He loved to watch the Phillies, Eagles and golf. He was an avid reader. Don was a great dancer and a most loving and extraordinary husband and grandfather. He and Shelley traveled to places near and far. He was Shelley’s hero and everyone loved him. He was a mensch- a great guy
Private burial. Friends and family invited to a memorial service and reception, Monday February 5, 2024, at Main Line Reform Temple, 410 Montgomery Avenue, Wynnewood, PA. Beginning at 1:30 PM. Shiva Monday and Tuesday from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at the Fairmont Social Room.
Contributions in his memory to the donor’s choice or to The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. 19027.