Date of Death: November 4, 2020

Service Details

A private gathering of family and close friends will be held.  

Obituary Notice

Thomas L. “Knute” Miholer, age 70 passed away in his home on November 4, 2020. He was born in Three Rivers, MI on December 5, 1949, the son of the late Thomas and Marilyn (Neff) Miholer. Tom was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He had a great sense of humor, gentle smile and kind personality. Knute, as he was known to his friends, grew up in Three Rivers and was always proud of his community. A graduate of Three Rivers High School, Class of 1968, he was an outstanding athlete, lettering in four sports and was the first to receive the title of Three Rivers Basketball “Mr. Team Supreme.” After graduating, Tom went on to serve our country as a United States Marine. After being honorably discharged he returned to make Three Rivers his home. He worked hard to provide a happy home for his family. When not working he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing. He also shared a love of crossword puzzles with his mother, Marilyn, and was a master at solving them! This was quite possibly due to his knack for witty words and colorful nicknames, which he assigned to those around him. Tom had many friends in the community and enjoyed spending time with them all. He loved to play golf with his brother David, son Zach and “Pa”, and spent many hours playing cards and spending time with special friends Randy, Teddy, Denny and Jim. He believed in the Lord and was an involved member of First United Methodist Church. Being a father, grandfather and great-grandfather brought Tom his greatest joy. His pride in his children and grandchildren was abundant, particularly when it came to sports. He loved attending their sporting events and activities. Big Papa could always be found among the crowd proudly donning their respective teams’ gear from head to toe, and cheering. His family will always remember his listening ear, great advice, and more importantly his incredible love and thoughtfulness. For all those who knew and loved Tom, he leaves behind the memories of a life well lived. He is survived by two children, Zach (Darcy) Miholer and Marissa Miholer; former spouse, Mary (Michael) O’Connor; grandchildren (“lizards”), Dylan and Madisyn Cornish, Charlie, McKenzie, Maycie Miholer, Bailey Miholer-Wortinger, Maliyah and Monae Flowers; great-granddaughter, Maylee Evans; siblings, David (Lisa Armstrong) Miholer and Laurie (Garry Zachritz) Miholer; nieces, Katelyn (Adam Gamez) Zachritz, Whitney (Sarita) Zachritz-Brown, and Alison Zachritz; many close friends. He was also preceded in passing by a daughter, Megan L. Miholer.

Additional Information

Memorial donations may be made to the Three Rivers High School Athletic Department. Envelopes are available at and may be sent to Hohner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1018, Three Rivers, MI 49093 in care of his arrangements.

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  1. We’re so sorry for your loss. Steve remembers Dick and Knute yelling at each other playing basketball for hours on end.

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss, what a tough year it’s been for your family. Tom was such a nice man. May you find peace in knowing they are all together now. Sending prayers snd love to you all.

  3. My heart, my tears, my memories filled with smiles, all go out to all of you. The loss of three family members from three generations in such a short time is overwhelming. Our loss is heaven’s gain. Blessings and love, Anna Sullivan Smith

  4. My sincere condolences to the Miholer family. I knew Tom as a classmate in the class of ’68, a friend, and of course the first “Mr. Basketball” A much deserved honor. Tom will be sadly missed in the Three Rivers Community. May he rest in God’s hands

    Kristine Dilley-Keener

  5. My deepest sympathy to Laurie and all the Miholer family. As a classmate, I remember well Tom’s basketball prowess, his designation as Mr. Team Supreme, and his gentle demeanor.

    Karen Hutson

  6. The McArdle family will miss nephew and cousin, Tom. We remember all the fun times together at Fisher Lake. Our hugs and prayers go out to all the Miholer family.
    With love and sympathy,
    Uncle Mac, Cathy, Rich, and Peter

  7. Condolences to the entire Miholer family. I’ve been away for years but do remember the days in high school and events at the Methodist Church.
    Prayers to the family.
    Roger and Birgit Kaiser

  8. Our heartfelt condolences to all of the Miholer family. We knew Tom as a classmate, neighbor, he and Steve as Marine Corps buddies, and simply as a friend. He will definitely be missed by so many!

    Steve and Rosie Reed

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