Ivan Lee Goldstein, 82

Ivan Lee Goldstein, 82

star e1595776491590 December 25, 2020 ~10 Tevet 5781


Ivan Lee Goldstein died on December 25th, 2020, just one day shy of his 83rd birthday. He was born on December 26, 1937, to “Harry” Aaron and Helen Goldstein in Louisville, KY. Ivan was a graduate of Manual High School and the University of Kentucky School of Pharmacy and worked as a pharmacist for nearly 50 years.

Ivan loved traveling the world to visit museums and historical sites, reading about the history of ancient Egypt, building Shaker-style furniture, spending time with his children and grandchildren, eating foods of dubious nutritional value, and tending to his roses. He disliked getting lost in cities all over the world, furniture made with press board, diet and exercise, and any yard you could describe as “natural”. Ivan was a member of Keneseth Israel Congregation and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Freemason.

He had an explosive laugh, a quick wit, and a tremendous work ethic. Ivan adhered to a rigorous code of personal ethics and preferred in his professional life to work in traditionally underserved communities, both in Louisville and in rural parts of the state.

Ivan leaves behind his wife of 32 years, Ruth Franke Goldstein; children Steven Goldstein (Stacy Cambron), Perry Goldstein (Cynthia), and Jessica Goldstein (Matthew Whitworth); and grandchildren Olivia, Madeline, and Benjamin Goldstein, Nathan Goldstein and Matthew, Jackson, Sam, and Leanna Morgan, and Simon Whitworth. He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved brother Sam and sister-in-law Marcia, and many friends. His family will miss his curiosity, off-kilter humor, generosity, work ethic, and honesty.

Due to pandemic restrictions, graveside services are private. The service will be livestreamed on Sunday, December 27, at 2:30 p.m. via Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/HermanMeyerSon/

Memorial gifts to Keneseth Israel Congregation, The Amyloidosis Foundation, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Herman Meyer & Son, Inc.


Keneseth Israel Cemetery