This award is presented in appreciation of John J. Hanigan II who was a tireless ambassador for Pius X High School and served as an example of leadership and service to his family, friends, community and country.
John learned the importance of Catholic education from an early age, attending grade school at St. Teresa Catholic School. Along with his wife of 45 years, John and Sharon (Houser) Hanigan both graduated from Pius X High School in 1964.
After graduation, John then served two years in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968. After attending the University of Nebraska earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, John became a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner. He began his career working for four years in St. Louis, Mo.
Returning to Lincoln, John worked for Gruntorad and Company, which then became Hanigan, Bjjorkman and Ecklund and today is HBE, Becker, Meyer, Love. John led the firm and his associates as Managing Partner from 1988 through 2001. He served as Member and Chief Compliance Officer of HBE Investment Advisors, LLC. Importantly, John was a mentor, trusted advisor and valued councilor to HBE’s entire team of professionals.
John and Sharon have been blessed with three children, all Pius X Alumni – Jennifer ’87, Darin ’92 (wife Bobbi) and Ryan ’96 (wife Kellee). John and Sharon also have five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. John sadly passed away on March 8, 2014.
John had a strong commitment to Catholic education and served the Diocese of Lincoln with that commitment in mind. He knew and appreciated the importance of Catholic education which he instilled in his family. His legacy will continue with the establishment of the John Hanigan Endowment to
supplement Pius X teacher salaries.
John graciously devoted time and leadership to many local, regional, and charitable organizations, including the Alzheimer’s Association, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Family Service Lincoln, Our Lady of Good Council Retreat House and the Serra Club. He also served on both the St. Peter Parish and the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln Finance Committees, advocating not just for financial management improvements, but for meaningful, disciplined enhancements centered on Catholic values. His commitment to his family and faith carried over to every aspects of his life. Through his family, faith, friendships, and work, John touched many lives and left a lasting memory.