Van L. Rubenstein was born November 10, 1926 in Seattle Washington. November 10, also birthday of the US Marine Corps, forged a destiny at his birth.
Served in the US Marines from 1944 -1946. He was proud of serving aboard the USS Texas participating in the Pacific Theater of WWII. Fighting at Iwo Jima, he was witness to the flag raising on Mount Suribachi, and survived kamikaze attacks at Okinawa. A graduate of English from UCLA inspired a lifelong appreciation to literature, musicals and Broadway plays.
He married Beverly Cohen on August 23, 1952. Early family life required singing “From the Halls of Montezuma” and a firm appreciation of a marching band. He was a vociferous reader and a true aficionado of Roman History, and American wars. He thoroughly enjoyed family outings to historic sites, sharing holiday gatherings with grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and just good hot food, served on time.
He was strong supporter to the Marines throughout his life.
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He enjoyed a vibrant career in television advertising sales. First with CBS in Los Angeles, RKO in New York, WHCT in Hartford, and Petry television in Chicago. He retired in San Diego and chased his children to Simpsonville SC and Raleigh NC.
Predeceased by sister Roseanne Keefer, and brother Robert Rubenstein. Survived by wife Beverly, two children, Randi Rubenstein and Don Rubenstein and five grandchildren, Lurae, Connor, Raena, Mason, and Preston, and beloved by many foster grandchildren.
In his last few years, Van provided heroic loving care as an Alzheimer care partner.
He showed true love, devotion and gentle humor to all his family and friends every day.
Semper fidelis, Van. At ease.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to:
Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd, Suite 102 PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057.