Howard T. Handelman

April 16, 1940October 14, 2020

Howard T. Handelman, adored husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many, died Wednesday, October 14, after a prolonged illness.

Howard celebrated his 80th birthday with a surprise drive-by in April, and his 55th year of marriage to beloved wife Alice in August. The two met when Alice interviewed Howard for an exposé about men’s honors societies while Howard was president of the ZBT Fraternity at the University of Missouri.

Howard was born and raised in St. Louis, the middle son of Frieda and Lester Handelman. After graduating from Ladue High School and Mizzou, he served as a lieutenant and communications officer in the US Navy. Upon his return, he joined his father and older brother Neil in the family business, California Manufacturing Company, as a materials buyer for men’s and boys’ outerwear. His younger brother Gary eventually joined them, and the four Handelman men worked together for the remainder of their careers.

Before the world was opened by the internet, Howard surfed the airwaves as ham radio operator WØNXH and enjoyed making friends around the world. He also was an avid golfer, sports fan, crossword puzzler, reader of spy novels and bridge player. He enjoyed traveling, learning piano and spending Sunday evenings with his children and grandchildren. He served the community on the boards of the Jewish Community Center and MERS Goodwill.

In addition to his wife Alice and brothers Neil (Natalie) and Gary (Ronni z’’l), Howard is survived by three daughters Karen Handelman (Marc Hirshman) and Patty Bloom (Jonathan) of St. Louis, and Marjorie Handelman of New York; grandchildren Rebecca and Matthew Bloom, and Abby and Emily Hirshman; sister-in-law Arlene Sackman of California; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Howard & Alice Handelman Lymphoma Research Fund at The Foundation for Barnes Jewish Hospital, 1001 Highlands Plaza Drive W, Suite 140, St. Louis, MO 63110-9993.


  • The Howard & Alice Handelman Lymphoma Research Fund


  • Private Family Service

    Friday, October 16, 2020


Howard T. Handelman

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Donna Beebe

October 24, 2020

Alice, I’m so sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. The evident devotion to each other you two shared was beautiful, and I hope the sadness of your loss will be overcome by all your wonderful memories. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Donna Beebe

Tom Tussey

October 21, 2020

My prayers go out to you and your family as you process the loss of your dear husband, father and Saba. I hope reading all of the kind words and love shared by so many close friends and family bring you some comfort. You and Howard have first been clients, but ultimately, cherished friends with me and Jan over the past 25+ years. I will never forget how thoughtful you and Howard were to be with me and my kids at Jan's memorial when she passed in 2016. I hope you don't mind that I am sharing another memorable day photographing your beautiful family at Westwood in 2015.
Love, Tom

Tom Gatti

October 20, 2020

Alice and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Howard was a gentleman’s gentleman, a great family man and a loving husband, as proven by the many years of marriage.

Thanks Howard for being such a great role model.

You will be missed.

Tom Gatti

ken kastner

October 20, 2020

Our hearts an prayers are with the Handelman family! Howard
was a coffee club member, Ladue 58 an was a friend!

Ken & Marvina Kastner
class of Ladue 58

Sandy Melnick

October 19, 2020

My deepest conolences to you and your family. May his memory be a blessing.

Suzanne Corbett

October 19, 2020


My heart goes out to you and your family on the loss of your beloved Howard.

Joel Bloom

October 18, 2020

Howard and. Alice became family when Patty and Jonathan we’re engaged. We shared sports interests and later our Grandchildren . He was a true”mench” in every way! His remarkable community leadership is a wonderful model for all to believe. His parenting and grandparent ing will long be recalled and cherished. Rest In Peace Saba!
Joel & Risa Bloom

Larry & Tobi Morgan

October 17, 2020

My memories of Howard go all the way back to High School. Our memories are only fond ones.

Larry & Tobi Morgan

Linda Kitchen

October 15, 2020

My dear Alice
Bill and I send our heartfelt condolences to you, the girls and all the grandchildren. What a loss for the family. Howard was a wonderful and fun loving person who will be sincerely missed.
All my love,
Cousin Linda

Nancy Pritcharc

October 15, 2020

My favorite cousin. A sweet, kind , fun and fun loving man. I still cherish memories of sitting with him in the Briarcliff house listening to him talk on the HAM radio.

So sad not to be able to be with you, Alice, to mourn with you and remember his beautiful life. Luke and I loved the time we spent together and admired your strong bond. Such a sad day. Out hearts are with all of you.


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