Melvin Magilow 1919 - 2009 Lawrence
Kansas City, Mo. — Funeral services for Melvin Magilow, 90, Lawrence, will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Louis Memorial Chapel, 6830 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Mo. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Magilow died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009.
He was born May 29, 1919, the son of Nathan and Malkah Magilow.
Mr. Magilow grew up in Kansas City, Mo. He attended Central High School and Kansas City Junior College, earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Illinois.
He served as a meteorologist and captain in the Army Air Corps in World War II and gave the forecast at D-Day. He was a fire protection engineer for the Missouri Inspection Bureau (later ISO) and later for Schirmer Engineering.
Mr. Magilow was a member of Congregation Beth Shalom and Temple B’nai Jehudah, where he became a pararabbinic. In Lawrence, he was a member of the Jewish Community Center, where he ran the blintz brunch fundraiser for many years. He volunteered at Audio-Reader in Lawrence, reading publications on the air for the visually impaired.
His wife, Audrey Leban, survives, of the home. They shared 23 years of marriage.
Other survivors include a sister-in-law, Marian Magilow; a brother-in-law, Daniel Kleinman and wife Marjorie; a sister-in-law, Lois Tzur and husband Yakov; two sons, Lee and wife Hilda, and Roger; a daughter, Molly Proffer and husband Don; two stepsons, Bruce Leban and wife Kelly, and Roy Leban and wife Emily; 11 grandchildren; and two nieces, Beverly Marcus and Michele Freed.
Mr. Magilow also shared 36 years of marriage with Esther Kleinman, who preceded him in death in 1983.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Chana Magilow; his brother, Allan; and a nephew, Mark Magilow.
The family suggests memorials to Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care, 200 Maine, Suite C, Lawrence, KS 66044; the Lawrence Jewish Community Center, 917 Highland Drive, Lawrence, KS 66044; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent at louismemorialchapel.com.