Hugh Joseph Manhart


Hugh Joseph Manhart

October 2, 1932 – October 2, 2021

 Preceded in death by parents, Paul and Eleanor Manhart; siblings: Frances Gibbons, Mary Lomax, Rev. Paul Manhart S.J., David Manhart, Jane Herrman, John Manhart, and William Manhart. Survived by wife, Eileen (George) Manhart; siblings: Sr. Clare Manhart R.S.M., Catherine Hogan, Mark (Bonnie) Manhart, Mary Judith Manhart; children: Anna Manhart, Andrew Manhart, Nick (Carolyn) Manhart, Emily (David) Holtzclaw, and John Manhart; grandchildren: Francis, Virginia, Gianna, Ella, George, Christopher, Anastasia, and Anthony; and Ralph Herrman, Mary Evans, and Mary (Rucker) Manhart; and 81 nieces and nephews.

Hugh attended Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Cecilia grade schools, spent summers on the farm in Steinauer, Nebraska, graduated from Creighton Prep High School and Creighton University where he played basketball. After college he worked at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, served two years active duty in the US Navy and eight years in the US Navy Reserve, taught high school math in Milwaukee, and assessed risks in the actuary department of Mutual of Omaha before settling into a career as a piano tuner and technician. He was also a maker of classical guitars. Upon retirement Dad rediscovered the game of golf during which he achieved three holes-in-one. He also enjoyed playing bridge. Married at St John’s Church on the Creighton campus in 1967, Hugh and Eileen enjoyed 54 years as husband and wife.

VISITATION: Tuesday, October 5th from 5pm to 7pm at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge St., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, October 6th at 10:30am, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, with burial to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  Memorials to be directed by the family.

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  • Sister Mary Clare O’Toole Posted October 4, 2021 9:21 am

    My best memory of Hugh happened when Sister Annette George invited me to a George Family reunion years ago. He and Alice’s husband took Sr. Elvia and me to play a round of golf. I think Hugh realized we needed a little change from the many, many introductions of all the cousins. After reading he Obituary, I am amazed by Hugh’s many types of work over the years. He and Eileen were true Catholics and Americans. May he rest in peace.

  • Lawrence Obrist Posted October 4, 2021 10:40 pm

    Hugh was about 10 years older but did pay a bit of
    attention to a young kid when he would visit family
    in Steinauer. Amazing at his height compared to mine.
    Not aware of his multi-talents, career paths,
    and time of military service in the Navy. He must have
    enjoyed some of it to extend his AD into the reserves.
    Extend condolences to his family and siblings. Thank
    him for his military service and hope he praying for
    us as we are for him.

  • Jerry Steinauer Posted October 5, 2021 8:58 am

    I, too didn’t realize all Hugh’s interests and accomplishments. Amazing we never touched on guitars. I played Flamenco and classical for a few years starting while in the Air Force. Don’t have any idea when he started making them, but I played a Martin C Concert beginning in 1963.
    I don’t think there’s any doubt Hugh is playing at the right hand of God, for one who plays gut strings instead of steel plays at His right hand. This is a quote from Pat’s Uncle who had several Classical Guitars.
    May Hugh Rest In Peace and warm a spot for me

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