July 14, 1918 - March 7, 2018
Abner Gladstone, 99, of Dallas, passed away on March 7, 2018. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Asbury Park, N.J.
Abner enlisted in the Army on Feb. 14, 1941, and after the outbreak of World War II he transferred to the Army Air Corps, where he was commissioned a second lieutenant. In 1944 he shipped overseas to join the 463rd Bomb Group of the 15th Air Force in Foggia, Italy, as a B-17 bombardier. He was shot down on his 22nd mission on a bomb run over the Ploesti oil refineries. He was held as a POW in Bucharest, Romania, until he was liberated by the advancing Soviet army.
He married Estelle Levine, his wife of 63 years, on Jan. 19, 1948. Abner and Estelle spent their early married life in New Jersey and Michigan. They moved to Dallas in 1955. Abner and Estelle owned and operated Drapery Fair and Fabric Fair for 42 years. He was preceded in death by his wife on April 10, 2011.
Abner bowled for many years in an East Dallas seniors’ league. He loved to play poker and bridge with his friends at the Reserve in North Dallas, where he lived for the last six years. Abner and Estelle were longtime members of Temple Emanu-el.
Survivors include his daughter, Karen Gladstone of Santa Monica, Calif.; son, Richard Gladstone, and his wife, Mary; grandsons Ryan Gladstone (and his wife, Jamie Scott) of Washington, D.C., and Dr. Eric Gladstone of New York City; and great-granddaughter Edie Scott-Gladstone.
Graveside services will be Friday, March 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Temple Emanu-El Cemetery, 3430 Howell Street, Dallas, Texas 75204.
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