William L. “Bill” Monahan

William L. “Bill” Monahan

March 25, 1934 – September 19, 2020

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William T. Monahan and Emma K. “Bobbi” (Schluntz) Monahan and sister Ellen E. Butler. He is survived by sister, Katie Karrer (Lee); brother, James H. Monahan; several nieces, great nieces, nephews, great nephews and by his dear friend, Kathleen Moran.

Bill grew up in the Cathedral Parish and graduated from Omaha Creighton Prep. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Bill graduated from Creighton University and Creighton Law School in 1962. He was a member of the Nebraska State and Omaha Bar Associations. He practiced law in Omaha for more than 50 years beginning with the Legal Aid Society and Nebraska Department of Social Services. In later years he was in private practice with his brother, Jim and niece, Maureen K. Monahan. He also served as vice-president of Parking Management & Consultants, a family owned business operating parking lots and garages in downtown Omaha.

Bill served as a board member of Greater Omaha Community Action, GOCA and a member of several Omaha services organizations, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Knights of Columbus. He was a Boy Scout leader and active member of St. Margaret Mary parish.

Bill spent much of his time at his cabin at Thomas Lakes along the Platte River. He loved canoeing, boating, and sailing. He canoed on the Platte and Niobrara Rivers in Nebraska and made several canoeing trips to the Boundary Waters, to Canada and beyond. Bill skied in Colorado in the winter and sailed his sunfish and catamaran in the summer. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

VISITATION observing CDC Guidelines: Tuesday, Sept. 22nd from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 6:30pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, Sept. 23rd at 10am at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge St.  Interment, Calvary Cemetery with military honors.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil, Mass, and Graveside Service, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.


  • Steven Grunberg Posted September 21, 2020 10:37 am

    Enjoyed our Omaha Ski Club annual summer outings at Bill’s Platte River cabin. The Club appreciated Bill’s many years participating in club activities.

  • Margaret (Peg) Piatt Posted September 21, 2020 11:45 am

    My love goes to my cousins and their families as we say goodbye to Bill. I wish my life path had crossed with his more but I took great joy in seeing him when I did and feeling the connection to all extended members of the Monahan family. I will continue to cherish my collection of St. Patrick’s day cards with notes in green ink that he sent to me over the years. He was a sweet cousin and I know he was a fine brother, uncle and friend. I wish it were possible to be there with you over the next few days. I appreciate the opportunity to view the service. I’ll do that and I’ll make a visit to my mother and father’s graves in memory of Bill and with love to all of you. – Peggy

  • Donald J. Farber, Esq. (CDR, USN (Ret.)) Posted September 21, 2020 3:37 pm

    Bill was my daughter’s Godfather, and always gracious in remembering her with thoughtful attention over the years. We kept in contact over the 57 years, and a finer individual I’ve never met. Condolences to Bill’s family, and Rest in Peace my friend.

  • Nancy Jurgensen Frederick Posted September 22, 2020 2:54 pm

    My condolences to the family. I worked with Bill at Health and Human Svc. We all got along and had lots of laughs. Had great times at Dubliner bar. RIP my friend!! My may god hold you close and dear.

  • Virginia Daugherty Munson Posted September 22, 2020 8:35 pm

    So sorry to hear about Bill passing. My prayers are with you one and all. God Bless and comfort you.

  • Barb Setter Posted September 23, 2020 8:21 am

    I so enjoyed Bill over the years as he was a dedicated Usher at St. Margaret Mary Church. I especially enjoyed it when he would come into the Parish Office and he always left making us feel a little happier from stories he liked to tell. What a true gentleman and kind soul!

  • Kathleen Daugherty Huber Posted September 23, 2020 11:47 am

    Prayers for my Monahan cousins and their families. May God grant you peace.

  • Patrick M. Thomas Posted September 26, 2020 9:13 am

    Dear Monahan Family,

    I was very sorry to hear about Mr. Monahan’s passing. I was one of his scouts from around 1969 to 1975. He was a wonderful leader who taught us not only a lot about the outdoors but also about being a good person. I am afraid that despite his military background, we were not a troop known for “spit and polish,” and probably at times we were quite a bit rowdier than the ideal troop! Mr. Monahan had the patience and the wisdom to give his scouts some slack, while pulling us together and keeping us in line when it was important. He never lost sight of the fact that scouting was for the kids, not the parents. I hope that there are deep forests, clear water, and great canoeing for him now on the other side!

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