Leonard "Buddy" Goldstein
Goldstein, Leonard "Buddy"
Mar 18, 1921 - Jan 6, 2012

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. Buddy will be remembered for his kindness, benevolence, and social activism that touched individuals across the globe. A child of immigrants, Buddy served as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and then ran his family business, Capitol Rent-A-Truck, in Omaha. In partnership with Shirley, his wife of nearly 70 years, Buddy was committed to addressing human rights issues, including those concerning Jews in the former Soviet Union and their subsequent resettlement in Omaha and across the country. Buddy was a philanthropist and civic leader. He established the New Frontiers in Transplant Medicine Fund at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Most recently, he was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Jewish Federation of Omaha. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Goldstein; son, Donald Goldstein; daughters, Gail (Phil) Raznick, Boulder, CO, and Kathy Helm; 6 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and many close friends.
MEMORIAL SERVICE Monday at 10:30 am at Beth El Synagogue, 14506 California St. Private Interment, Beth El Cemetery. Memorials to: The Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation, 333 S. 132nd Street, Omaha 68154; the University of Nebraska Foundation-Goldstein Human Rights Lecture, 2285 South 67th Street, Omaha 68106; or the charity of your choice.

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Published by Omaha World-Herald from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2012.
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I send my condolences to Shirley and family on the passing of Buddy. He was such a mensch, and I have very fond memories of special times our families shared together. I wish you all strength and peace as you grieve this great loss.
Kim Schupack Farrow
January 17, 2012
Buddy was the sweetest, kindest gentleman. Always a smile and always a kind word- that's how I will always remember him. Speedy and I are thinking of Shirley and the family at this sad time. What a loss. May Buddy's memory always bring a smile to the hearts of those who knew him and respected him. Debbi and Speedy Zweiback
Debbi Zweiback
January 9, 2012
My condolences to the entire family. Buddy was a wonderful guy and a great patriarch to the whole family.
Sandi Fried
January 9, 2012
I worked for Bud in the late 70's,80's and 90's. Besides my Father, I respected Buddy more than anyone, his thoughts, actions, honesty and his friendship. A nicer family cannot be found. Shirly, Donald and family, my deepest sympathy.
Jim Leslie
January 8, 2012
Buddy and Shirley are the best. They have been a real treasure to this community and to many people around the world. They are kind, hard working, smart and caring. Buddy will be missed and he will be remembered always. May God bless Buddy and Shirley Goldstein.
Yana Morgan
January 8, 2012
Condolences to the family
Dean Hughson
January 8, 2012
Thanks for your Military Service to Our Country.
Past Commander V.F.W.
Bill Fead
January 8, 2012
I worked for Capitol Rent-a-Truck in the early 90's and knew "Uncle Bud" as well as some of the Goldstein family and they are all great people. My Grandpa who passed away in 1972 worked for the business and once probably in 1991 or 1992 I asked Buddy if he remembered him and yes he did and even described him to me. I wish the best for the Goldstein family in there time of lose. Randy Alsman
Randy Alsman
January 8, 2012