Monte H. Friedman Dr. Monte H. Friedman passed away peacefully Saturday morning March 2, 2013. He was born August 6, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan to Milton Friedman and Sallie Smith Friedman. After graduating from San Jacinto High School at age 16, Monte attended Texas A&M to study mechanical engineering. World War II interrupted his studies in College Station as he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and assumed his duties as a flight engineer and navigator flying B-27s and B-29s. After his military service, Monte moved to Chicago, Illinois to attend and graduate from the Illinois School of Optometry. Monte opened his optometric practice on Heights Blvd. in 1949 subsequently moving next door to the Yale Pharmacy and Diner where he enjoyed many lunches at its fountain counter. For over 47 years he cared for each of his patients as if they were family.
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Monte met the love of his life, Marlene, in 1951 and after a ten year courtship they married in 1961. Their inseparable union was one of love, devotion, and trust. Together they raised three children who are forever grateful and indebted to them for the guidance they gave, the principles they instilled and the love they showered upon them.
Monte was the consummate son, father, grandfather, gentleman and friend. He revered his parents, gushed over his grandchildren, and treated all people with dignity and respect, and was a life long friend to many.
Besides family, friends and patients, Monte loved football, Vegas and gin rummy. The friendly thrice weekly gin rummy game that Monte and his friends enjoyed for over 50 years was legendary and sent more than one newcomer home C.O.D.
Monte was preceded in death by his loving parents Milton and Sallie Friedman. He is survived by his gorgeous wife Marlene; his son Reid Friedman and wife Anissa; his daughter Hayley Friedman Miller and husband Michael; his daughter Kimberly Friedman Glover; and by his beloved grandchildren Bergen, Mattox and Luke Friedman; Arianna and Mason Miller; and Meagan, Shelby and Garrett Glover; his incredible aunt Faye Tucker and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Serving as pallbearers will be Salvador Jimenez, Sherwin Newar, Fred Rosen, Ray Sessel, Marvin Speer and Arnold Wolf.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation celebrating Monte's wonderful life to an organization that he dearly believed in, The Hebrew Free Loan Association, P.O. Box 6634, Houston, TX 77277-6634.
Funeral services will be held Monday, March 4, 2013 at 3:00 in the afternoon at the Kagan-Rudy Chapel at Emanu El Memorial Park, 8341 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77074.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2013