Eugene J. Lipstein
Devoted son of the late Charles and Sarah Lipstein, and husband of almost 68 years of Leona (Feld) Lipstein, died peacefully in Bonita Springs, Florida at the age of 94½ on December 16, 2012.
Born in the Bronx in 1918, he graduated from Wilmington High School in 1935. He went on to obtain a BS in Chemical Engineering and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at the University of Delaware in 1939.
From graduation until he enlisted in 1942, Lipstein was part of the War Department Reserve Pool in a civilian position deemed vital to defense production.
In 1942 he enlisted as a second lieutenant in the army artillery. While overseas in India, Lipstein helped organize and train airborne machine gun batteries, and was assigned to evaluate the use of indigenous materials as alternatives to supplies having to be shipped from the US.
Lipstein remained active in the reserves as primary instructor, flight commander, information officer, and engineering officer until his retirement from the Air Force at age 60 as a Lt. Col.
Following his wartime active service, Lipstein worked in the engine laboratory of NACA (which later became NASA) in Cleveland working on eliminating icing on aircraft wings. In 1946, Lipstein left NACA and went to work in the family retail business, Le Roys, with his father, Charles, and his brother, Leonard, in Wilmington. Lipstein also was vice-president of the Wil-Trent Realty Co., and treasurer of Pine Hill, Inc, a corporation that owned 38 acres used for a day camp and horseback riding academy.
Throughout his life, Lipstein took courses in officers training, electronics, national security, and later in data processing. He was interested in labor saving machines, and their use in business, including computers. He purchased The Delaware Institute of Data Processing, a keypunch school, and developed it into a data processing center for local businesses.
Lipstein's civic involvements over the years included numerous civic associations including the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Reserve Officer Association, and the Jewish War Veterans.
Lipstein enjoyed bowling and golf, and traveling the world with his wife, Lee.
Eugene Lipstein is survived by Leona (Feld), his wife of nearly 68 years, daughters Freddi Lipstein (Scott Berg), Sheri Lindner (Michael), sons Sanford (Gail) and Robert (Cheryl), seven grandchildren: Daniel Lindner (Erica), Rebecca Burnett (Lee), Loree Lipstein, Matthew Lipstein (Amy), Brian Lipstein, Joanna Lindner, Julie Lipstein, and two great grandchildren: Luke and Bella Burnett.
A private family gathering and interment was held in Pennsylvania.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kutz Home, 704 River Road, Wilmington, Delaware 19809.