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Lawrence J (Larry) Monaghan

February 19, 1950 ~ June 29, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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Lawrence J. “Larry” Monaghan, age 73 of Omaha, NE passed away on June 29, 2023, at Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha, NE, leaving behind a legacy of love, laughter, and treasured memories.

Larry was born on February 19, 1950, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Nebraska City, NE; the son of Charles “Chick” A. and Helen L. (Buriff) Monaghan. He grew up in the Percival, IA community and attended school in Nebraska City at St. Mary’s Catholic School. He later transferred to Maur Hill Prep. High School in Atchison, KS where he graduated with the Class of 1968. Following his graduation, he attended Regis University in Denver, CO until he entered the U.S. Air Force on Dec. 4, 1970.

Larry honorably and faithfully served his country during the Vietnam War. He was discharged from the Air Force on Oct. 25, 1974, having attained the rank of Sergeant. 

During his early career, Larry thrived in the fields of insurance sales and real estate as an agent. His dedication, knowledge, and affable nature helped him excel and make a positive impact in his profession. In later years, Larry discovered a new passion in dealing cards at the casinos in Council Bluffs, IA. He enjoyed interacting with patrons, creating an atmosphere of fun and entertainment. His friendly demeanor and warm smile brought joy to those around him. He retired from Ameristar Casino, having worked over 20 years in the casino industry.

Larry found his soulmate in the love of Marlana. They embarked on a beautiful journey, celebrating 17 years of life filled with love, laughter, and unwavering support. Larry and Marlana's union was a shining example of true partnership and shared dreams. They enjoyed working together, traveling, playing cards, talking politics and being couch potatoes. They faced life's challenges together, always finding strength in their love and commitment.

Larry was a devoted father to his three daughters, Julie, Colleen, and Rebecca. He cherished his role as a father and embraced the responsibilities that came with it. Larry's love and guidance were unwavering, and he took immense pride in watching his daughters grow into strong, independent women. His influence, love and presence has forever shaped their lives.

As a grandfather, Larry was a source of boundless joy and affection. He adored his ten grandchildren and every moment spent with them. From playful activities to heartfelt conversations, Larry’s love for his grandchildren knew no bounds. His legacy of love and wisdom will continue to guide them throughout their lives.

Larry had a zest for life and enjoyed various hobbies and interests. He found solace and relaxation on the golf course, honing his skills, and sharing laughter with friends. Playing cards was another passion of his, spending countless hours engaged in spirited games with loved ones. Larry had an ear for music and found comfort in listening to his favorite tunes.

Larry is survived by his significant other Marlana Brenning of Omaha, NE; daughters:  Julie Raveling and husband Matt and Colleen Webster and husband Mike all of Urbandale, IA, Rebecca Monaghan of Des Moines, IA; ten grandchildren:  Colton, Benet, Parker, Evelyn, Alli, Sarah, Cali, Shae, Bo and Audrey; siblings:  Mike Monaghan and significant other Judy Parkinson of Percival, IA, Rosemary Cervantes of San Antonio, TX and Joan Perry and husband David of North Platte, NE; brother-in-law Ricardo Munoz of Bellevue, NE; other family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Charles Monaghan in 1989, Mother Helen Monaghan in 2008 and a sister Elaine Munoz in 2014.

Larry's departure has left a void that cannot be filled, but his memory will continue to carry us. May his soul find eternal peace, and may his family and friends find peace in the love and support of one another during this difficult time.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, July 5th at 10:30 a.m. at Gude Mortuary in Nebraska City, NE. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Nebr. City with complete military honors by the U.S. Air Force Funeral Honors Detail and Talmage American Legion Post.  Luncheon reception to follow at Pin High Clubhouse & Grill, Table Creek Golf Course, Nebr. City.

Memorials may be directed to Methodist Hospital Foundation or the Nebraska Humane Society.

Rest in peace, dear Larry. Your spirit will forever shine bright.


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Funeral Service
July 5, 2023

10:30 AM
Gude Mortuary
403 S. 9th St.
Nebraska City, NE 68410


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