Obituary: Simon Phillip Levetan, 91

Obituary: Simon Phillip Levetan, 91

Simon Phillip (Phil) Levetan, age 91, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, surrounded by his family.

He was a native Atlantan, born April 12, 1924, to Joseph and Rebecca Boss Levetan at Georgia Baptist Hospital. He was co-owner of his family’s scrap metal business, Dixie Iron and Metal Co. When the business was sold to a recycling company, he remained with the new owners for many years.

Mr. Levetan graduated from Boys’ High School and received a B.A. and an M.A. from Atlanta Law School. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, where he maintained the electrical and mechanical systems of B-29 airplanes in Saipan.

He was a lifetime member of Ahavath Achim Synagogue and member of Congregation Beth Jacob. His greatest pleasure was coordinating the weekly lunch-and-learn sessions for Chabad with Rabbi Yossi New for more than 25 years. In addition, he was a member of the Jewish War Veterans and a life member of the Elks 78 organization.

Mr. Levetan was the silent partner and driving force behind the many accomplishments of his wife, Liane, throughout their 61-year marriage. He worked out at the gym several times a week with his brother and best friend, Robert (Bob), up until the last few weeks of his life.

He is survived by his wife, Liane Levetan; his two daughters, Claresa Levetan, M.D., and Penny Levetan Reiff of Philadelphia; four grandchildren, Alison and Julie Reiff and Nathan and Rachel Hochberger, all of Philadelphia; a brother, Robert (Bob) Levetan; a sister-in-law, Gail Raab; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Sign the online guestbook at A graveside service will be held Monday, Jan. 4, at 3:30 p.m. at Crest Lawn Memorial Park. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta, 770-451-4999.

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