Leonard S. Michelman, 96, of Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of Springfield, died Nov. 10. He was predeceased by his wife, Sybil (Tcath) Michelman. He was the son of the late Israel “Zeke” Michelman and the late Esther (Weltman) Michelman. He was a graduate of Classical High School, Brown University, and Boston University Law School. In 1948, he began his legal career as an examiner in the U.S. Patent Office. During World War II, he was a radio transmitter technician in the Signal Corps attached to the U.S. Marines Assault Forces, and was awarded a Battle Star for his role in the battle and capture of Iwo Jima. As a member of “The Greatest Generation”, Public Television broadcasted his wartime experiences, which is preserved in the Library of Congress. He was a member of the Hampden County and Massachusetts Bar Associations. He was a lifelong member of Congregation Kodimoh, and served on its Board of Trustees. He was a past chairman of the Springfield Israel Bond Committee; a board member of the Springfield Jewish Federation; a member of B’nai Brith, the Jewish War Veterans, and Jewish Geriatric Services. He also served as the commander of the Longmeadow Post of the American Legion. He is survived by a daughter, Margot Michelman, of Boca Raton, Fla.; two sons, Jay Michelman of Longmeadow and Boca Raton, and Eric Michelman and his wife, Linda Isner, of Laguna Hills, Calif.; and four grandchildren, Glenn and Shayne of Longmeadow, and Jack and Jennifer Michelman of California. He was predeceased by siblings, Ruth Michelman Gordon, Sylvia Michelman, and Gerald Michelman; and a daughter-in-law, Karen Nieman. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts; or the charity of the donor’s choice.




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