Howard L. Munshaw

Howard L. Munshaw
Sept 7,  1941 – December 21, 2020

Preceded in death by his mother, Fannie Lee Gross Munshaw, and father, Howard Reynolds Munshaw.  Survived by wife, Mary Joyce (Cvetas) Munshaw; children: Michael Munshaw (Sherri Long), Kathryn Callahan (Scott), and Janice Nixon (Dr. James); six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Patricia Trembly (Don) and Sally Grove (Tim); brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joseph Cvetas (Delores) and Martin Cvetas (Sally).

VISITATION: Wednesday, December 30th from 10am to 11am at St. Columbkille Catholic Church (200 E. 6th St. in Papillion) with MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 11am.  Interment, Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to St. Columbkille Church and Visiting Nurse Association.

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Howard Lee “Butch” Munshaw passed away peacefully at his home on Dec. 21, 2020. Howard is survived by his wife, Mary Joyce (Cvetas) Munshaw; his three children, Kathryn Callahan (Scott Callahan), Jan Nixon (Dr. James Nixon) and Michael Munshaw (Sherri Long); his sisters Sally Grove (Tim Grove) and Tish Trembly (Don Trembly); his six grandchildren, Jonathan Munshaw (Dr. Alexandra Andre), Adam Munshaw (Abby Munshaw), Joseph Nixon, Joshua Nixon, Jessica Callahan and Rachel Callahan; his great-granddaughter, Maggie Munshaw. 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Fannie Munshaw, and father, Howard Reynolds Munshaw. 

Howard, affectionately known as “Butch” from a young age because of his signature haircut, spent years as a global traveler working for the Hartford Insurance Co. As he transitioned into retirement in Connecticut, his family grew with the addition of several grandchildren and, eventually, a great-grandchild. He and Mary returned to their hometown of Omaha in 2007 to be closer to their parents and siblings. It also didn’t hurt that he was closer to his beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers and University of Nebraska, Omaha Mavericks. He always was ready to serve his community, having most recently served as a member and president of his neighborhood’s Sanitary Improvement District in Papillion. He also lectored for many years at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Papillion. 

Howard will always be remembered for the love (though sometimes tough love) he showed his family, and his infamous sayings he always seemed to have ready for any situation. Never one to turn away a martini, Howard lived his full life with an unmatched zest and enjoyed his downtime in his retirement after years spent moving across the U.S. and visiting international destinations for work. His family will miss his unmistakable laugh, his many stories and his gentle ribbing that could sometimes be taken as constructive criticism. Howard’s memory lives on in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who will honor his legacy by passing his stories onto future generations and growing their families with the same love he showed his own over many years and his nearly 60 years of marriage to Mary. 




  • Monte and Jane Evans Posted December 24, 2020 10:22 am

    Dear Mary and family,
    Monte and I are so very sorry for your loss. Howard and Mary are our neighbors. We will remember Howard for his service to our neighborhood. Personal memories include Howard mowing the lawn on his riding lawn mower, detailing his cars, his happy greeting when we would call their house, a good neighbor. A good man. He will be missed.

  • Saucedo Family Posted December 26, 2020 4:50 pm

    Sending our deepest condolences. Such an awesome man. Always had a beautiful clean car when he cruised by the house, prayers to all of the family.

  • Jane Krull Burton Posted December 26, 2020 4:56 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in our prayers. May Heavenly Father comfort and bless you.

  • edward buckalew Posted December 26, 2020 8:06 pm

    Howard fits firmly the definition of a good man. Great personality but it was how he treated others was his outstanding quality. May he test in eternal peace. My sympathy to Mary and his family.

  • Carol Hein Posted December 26, 2020 8:19 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Howard was a wonderful man and a much loved colleague at The Hartford.

  • Trisha Koerper Posted December 26, 2020 8:24 pm

    Howard was my father in law for many years but really my second dad. He would send me emails to check on me and always sign it Love, Dad. He enjoyed telling people what my previous career was and about bringing me to a fish fry in Rochester snd I don’t eat fish. Howard lived a full life. My only wish would have been that he met Maggie Rose. We will give her extra squeezes for you Howard. Mary and family my love for you all is endless. Trish

  • Trisha Koerper Posted December 26, 2020 8:30 pm

    Howard was my father in law for many years but really was my second dad. He would email me to check in and always sign off Love Dad. He loved to tell people about my previous career and bringing me to a fish fry in Rochester and I don’t eat fish. Howard lived a full life. My one wish is for him to have met Maggie Rose. We will give her extra squeezes for him. Mary and family my love for you all is endless. Trish

  • Susan and Albert Dziedzi Posted December 27, 2020 5:23 am

    The world was a much better place because of Howard. All our love to the whole Munshaw family; he will be missed.

  • Debbie and Steve Posted December 27, 2020 6:15 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Howard was an amazing person. He was always so nice and welcoming. We felt we knew him forever. He will be missed. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • William Evans Posted December 27, 2020 8:13 am

    I came to know Howard when he was in OKC at The Hãrtford He was a wonderful guy who mad a big impact on me early in my career specially with the way he treated people What energy he gave when you were around him God Bless Howard ❤️

  • Terri DiGiro Posted December 27, 2020 9:56 am

    Dear Mary and family. It’s with heavy heart that I send my condolences. The ladies in CT are so lucky to have been together with Howie 2 years ago and to see you..
    My you find comfort and peace remembering your wonderful husband, father, grandfather.

  • Ric Baker Posted December 27, 2020 11:58 am

    My sincere condolences for your family. I was fortunate to have known and worked with Howard for many years at The Hartford. He was known for his great work ethic, but also for his outstanding sense of humor and wit. A very fine human being,

  • Lowrey Family Posted December 27, 2020 12:19 pm

    Mary & family. We are so sorry for you loss. We knew Howard during his HIG years. The silver voice, the fun nature and the Gin martini. He will always be remembered.

  • Susan and Tom Masiello Posted December 28, 2020 5:04 pm

    Mary and family,
    We were very sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. We feel blessed to have spent time with him in celebration of special birthdays and other events. We fondly remember and always enjoyed receiving his annual Christmas letter. He was a skilled writer who obviously took pride in sharing stories of his family. We will miss his big smile and jolly laugh.
    Sending you lots of love and hugs,
    Susan and Tom

  • Connie S Eggen Posted December 28, 2020 7:50 pm

    Dear Mary and family. I was so sorry to see that your dear Howard has passed. Hugs and condolences to you all.

  • Skipper Callahan Posted December 29, 2020 1:26 pm

    Dear Mary and family….

    I hope you are able to find comfort and peace in your heart knowing that Howard rests peacefully today in the Loving and Caring hands of God….

    As I reflect today about the times that I was blessed enough to spend with Howard over the years, it brings a very clear smile to my face and heart as I reflect on his ability to fill a room with laughter and love….

    Howard’s love of family and friends was ever evident as all whose lives he touched on his journey and his path and life were enriched with his presence…..

    May God bless and keep him always…..

    With much love and gratitude for the fond memories…

    Skipper Callahan

  • Eileen Callahan and family Posted December 29, 2020 6:00 pm

    Dear Mary and family,

    When I think of Howard “Howie” I only have happy thoughts and remember the joy he spread with his wonderful sense of humor! We missed you both when you went back home but always happy to see you when you came back to visit. God’s blessing on each and every one of you during this sad time but always remember the laughter and love that he spread to us all. With love, Eileen

  • Kelly Farris Posted December 30, 2020 11:24 am

    Mary and family,
    I worked with Howard in the Oklahoma City Hartford office. I was just out of training and new to the industry. Howard was welcoming and made work fun. His zest for life and his humor are what I remember most about him. He still comes up often in stories when we are reminiscing with others that were in OKC at the same time. He left a lasting impression on everyone he met. I know he will be missed by everyone who had the honor to meet him. Condolences to your family.

  • Tony Wilkinson Posted December 31, 2020 12:01 am

    Mike, so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. May God give you strength during this difficult time. You and the entire Munshaw family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Amy Krull Posted January 4, 2021 7:28 pm

    Im so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers

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