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.