Hymie Gendler passed away on Jan. 16 at age 94. Private services were held on Jan. 20. Interment was at Fisher Farm Cemetery.
He is preceded by his parents, Rev. Arthur and Esther Gendler; brothers, Charles, Irving and Norman; sisters, Jean Gendler and Margie Alperson; and his former wife, Bev Gendler.
He is survived by son, Larry; grandsons, Max and Nate; brother, Sam; sister, Sally Wintroub; former daughter-in-law, Tami Field; numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews; special friend, Gerry Zerse; and the family of Christin and Troy Honeyman, who added immense joy to his life.
Hy and his brothers all served in the military during World War II, and four of them served overseas. After serving in the Navy on the U.S.S. Goodrich, Hy and three of his older brothers returned to Omaha and purchased an appliance store from Sidles, on the corner of then 61st and Military Ave.
Several years later, in April of 1954, they moved their store, Best Appliance, to its longtime primary location at the former Benson Theater, where they became one of the first retailers in the Omaha area to sell color televisions. Eventually, Hy and his brother, Chuck, became the sole owners, opening additional locations at Westroads and in South Omaha.
They also ran a record store inside Kilpatrick’s department store at The Center shopping mall. After selling the record store and Best Appliance, the brothers formed Best Distributing, a wholesale business selling televisions and air conditioners. Hy also sold liver, eventually under his own brand, before finally retiring from Skylark Meats in his late eighties (after failing two previous attempts to do so).
He had unconditional love for his family, friends, and neighbors, and enjoyed being generous with anyone who would let him. Special thanks to Dr. Nelson for his kind care during Hy’s later years, and Dr. Silverberg, who kept him healthy and smiling for years longer than ever imagined.
Memorials may be made to the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, the Marilyn Gendler Memorial Scholarship Foundation, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, or the organization of your choice.