Milton Allen Mandell, our MOOSE, passed away June 13, 2013. He was born May 4, 1933, the son of the late Sadie Kline and Harry Mendlovitz. Moose was a University of Texas business and law school graduate as well as a proud Phi Sig... a true Lifetime Longhorn. Hook 'em! After college, as a newlywed, he served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, stationed in Fort Lee, Virginia... no doubt the first married Moose ever to serve our country.
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Moose was a people lover; his magnetism was undeniable. Whether you had the pleasure of knowing him for a lifetime or experienced him for just a moment, Moose's charm found its way into your heart. And rest assured, he remembered you, too. This small town boy from Seguin found common ground with waiters, doctors and movie stars alike. He was one of a kind.
Moose leaves behind the love of his life, his precious Jeanne, the girl he met in college and who remained his doting wife for the rest of his days on earth. He also leaves behind his baby brother, Leonard, who he helped raise from infancy and who forever remains his best friend. Moose's three daughters, Susan Alexander, Karen Jameson and Lynn Kogen, were his pride and joy. And his two son-in-laws - Scott Alexander and Jay Kogen - were truly his sons. But perhaps the greatest fulfillment in his life was the five special relationships he had with those who called him Papa Moose, his grandchildren. Ryan (who was born on Moose's 60th birthday), Dylan, Julia, Blake and Charlie.
Moose also leaves behind a circle of lifetime buddies, an extended family, his Monday Lunch Bunch, as well as an enormous fan club whose members include nurses, waiters and Costco clerks from all over the U.S. Happy Father's Day. We love you forever.
Memorial service will be held Sunday, June 16th at 10:30am at Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism, 801 Bering Drive, with Rabbi Steve Gross officiating. For family and friends wishing to attend, burial will be at 9:00am at Beth Yeshurun Post Oak Cemetery, 1001 North Post Oak Road.
Published in Houston Chronicle from June 15 to June 16, 2013