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Parker Steel Founder Goldner Passes Away

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Parker Steel Founder Leo Goldner died Feb. 1, in Aventura, Fla. He was 96.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, Goldner was a graduate of Waite High School. He studied at the University of Toledo, but enlisted in the U.S. Army following the Pearl Harbor invasion, serving in the Philippines under General Douglas MacArthur. For his service, he earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart among his 12 medals and decorations.

Upon his return from the service, he worked in his family dry goods store before accepting a job with his brother-in-law Jerry Baron at Baron Steel Company. He worked as a salesman, then set off on his own to start Parker Steel Company, today the largest distributor of metric metals in the nation.

He was a past president of the Association of Steel Distributors and had been the longest-living member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. With his wife Marian, he founded the Toledo Chapter of Hillel at the University of Toledo.

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