Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors

1010 Bering Drive, Houston, TX


Herman Proler

December 5, 1927March 8, 2020

Herman Proler, native Houstonian and noted business executive, died on Sunday, the 8th of March 2020, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on the 5th of December 1927, the eighth of nine children born to Ben and Rose Proler, Jewish immigrants from Lithuania.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his eight siblings, Sarah, Sammy, Izzie, Ethyl, Robert, Bill, Ruby, Jackie, his late wife Irma Rose and former wife Elaine.

Born into a Yiddush speaking home, he learned to speak English at Houston public schools. At the age of 13, his hearing began to fail, which was significantly restored at the age of 18. At a very young age, he went work in the family business, City Junk and Supply, as it was known at the time. It was the precursor to Proler Steel Co. and eventually Proler International Corporation. From his earliest days, Mr. Proler had an affinity for assembling and building things. He focused his energy on the construction and operation of scrap shredding and processing facilities for Proler Steel and its partners around the United States. Under his leadership, Proler International received the President’s “E Star” award for continued Excellence in Export Service from the United States Department of Commerce. For his personal contributions to the recycling industry, he was awarded the ISRI Lifetime Achievement Award.

He was deeply committed to the Houston Jewish Community and contributed his resources to its betterment throughout his life. In recognition of his contributions to the community, he was awarded the American Jewish Committee’s Max H. Nathan Human Relations Award.

Mr. Proler and his family joined the Congregation Beth Israel in 1967, which he came to regard as his spiritual home for the rest of his life.

Mr. Proler is survived by his son, Lawrence Proler and wife, Nancy, his daughter, Rose Proler and her partner, Jack Cohen, grandchildren Michelle Almog, Natalie Ledeen and husband Daniel and Lindsay Powers and husband, John, great grandchildren Elie Ledeen, Marlowe Powers and Henry Powers, his loving partner for many years, Suzanne Levin and her children Judy Levin and Jennifer Levin, sister-in-law, Freda Proler and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family wishes to express their thanks to the men who cared for him in his final year, Tim Guzman, Jesse Guzman, Rick Majano, Manuel Villareal and Zakaria Surmawalla. The family would also like to thank his housekeeper of many decades, Josie Florindo.

Friends will gather with the family and share remembrances of Hymie during a visitation from five o'clock this afternoon until seven o'clock this evening, Tuesday, the 10th of March 2020, in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

A memorial service will be held at half-past eleven o'clock this morning Wednesday, the 11th of March 2020, in the sanctuary of Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 North Braeswood Boulevard in Houston, where Rabbi David A. Lyon, Senior Rabbi and Cantor Star Trompeter, Senior Cantor, are to officiate.

Prior to the memorial service, the family gathered for a private interment at Congregation Beth Israel Memorial Garden in Houston.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Joe Chesnick, Sr., Bernard Fuchs, Lee Schlanger, Walter Walne, Ralph Cohen, Albert Rayle, Jack Cohen, Daniel Ledeen, John Powers, Ronny Proler, Bill Proler, Jody Proler, David Proler and Louis Karp.

In lieu of customary remembrances memorial contributions may be directed to Congregation Beth Israel Temple Fund, 5600 North Braeswood Blvd., Houston, TX 77096; National Jewish Health, 1400 Jackson St., Denver, CO 80206; M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; Attn.: Development Office, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210; Texas Heart Institute, 6770 Bertner Ave., Houston, TX 77030; or Seven Acres Senior Care, 6200 North Braeswood Blvd., Houston, TX 77074.


  • Visitation with the Family Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, March 11, 2020


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Mike Mitchum

March 12, 2020

I worked closely with Hymie and Izzie at Proler International. I was there from 1973-1991. Izzie and Hymie were very much appreciated mentors to this young kid fresh out of Vietnam. One thing about Hymie is you never had to guess what was on his mind. Thank you for giving me a chance in the scrap and demolition industry. 47 years later I am still using lessons learned from you as the foundation of a trade that started at Proler International. Myself, my kids, grandkids and great grandkids thank you. RIP Hymie. ❤️🙏🏾

Dennis Caputo

March 11, 2020

Dear Rose and Larry,
Cathy and l remember Hymie as one of the finest men we ever knew. When we worked together he was a constant source of advice and humor. Once when I was in Kansas City he called and said “that’s north of Houston isn’t it. While you’re North get on a plane and go to Washington DC for me.” One of his most memorable bits of advise was “a contract is something lawyers can always get out of, but a handshake and your word is something that binds you.”
I honor your dad by following his advice.

Janet Pozmantier

March 11, 2020

Dearest Rose and Larry,

I am thinking of you and your families with much love at this sad time. I remember your dad as the very kind and gentle man he was - he will be missed by all whose lives he touched. May his memory be a blessing.

Much love,


john loughran

March 10, 2020

Larry, Nancy, Rose, Michelle, Natalie, Lindsay, and Matt, I would like to offer my condolences to you all, for the the loss and tremendous void Hymie will leave behind. I take solace in having known him and celebrating a life well lived. God Bless you all - John

Luisa Massey

March 10, 2020

Memories of my teenage years are full of lovely moments spent with my dearest friend Rose and her family. Mr. Proler was always very kind and welcoming . I admired his wisdom, sense of humor, and wit. I was extremely sad to hear of his passing away.
My heart is with Rose, Larry and their families.

Andrea Holzband

March 10, 2020

Dear Larry and Rose,
Thinking of you both. Our parents shared so many great times together. I have many happy memories of Hymie. Wishing you peace in your time of sorrow. Andrea Holzband