Thomas John Knatz

September 30, 1941February 13, 2013

Thomas John Knatz 1941 - 2013

We mourn the loss of Thomas John Knatz, 71, who passed away peacefully February 13, 2013, in the company of his family at the Big Bend Hospice House.

Tom was born on September 30, 1941, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, to John and Molly Knatz. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a wonderful, cheerful friend to many. Tom always enjoyed thinking of others and making children laugh. After graduation from high school Tom joined the Navy with a close friend and served as a Communications Specialist. He also was a member of the Navy’s Traveling Yellow Jackets Choir and played on the Inter-Service San Miguel Softball Team. Upon discharge from the Navy, Tom attended and graduated from Grand Rapids Junior College and from Michigan State University. He received his Juris Doctorate from Detroit College of Law and also pursued his CFP (Certified Financial Planner) designation besides various Life and Variable Annuity designations.

Tom’s professional career spanned 42 years and began as a Claim Specialist/Attorney Negotiator with State Farm Insurance, Ann Arbor, MI, Defense Attorney for Draugelis, Ashton, Scully in Plymouth, MI, and as an Investment Banker/Structured Settlement Consultant with Kidder, Peabody, Sarasota, FL. Tom also was a Structured Settlement Consultant with Benefit Designs & Cambridge Galaher in Maitland, FL, and for the last 13 years was a Structured Settlement Consultant with Millennium Settlements in Tallahassee, FL. Tom took tremendous pride in being able to assist his clients.

Tom will be greatly missed by his wife, Mary; his son, Chris (Anita); and his special granddaughters, Chloe and Courtney. He is also survived by sisters, Carol Otten (Eugene), Bonnie Schoemer; and Jim Knatz (Joan), and many nieces and nephews.

As Tom would often say, “Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery and that’s why Today is called the Present. We have to enjoy each day to the fullest!” We all will miss his contagious smile and gentle touch.

In lieu of flowers, please forward any donations to the Big Bend Hospice.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday (February 17,2013) at 1:00 p.m. at Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home 1737 Riggins Road with a reception to follow. Family will greet friends 30 minutes prior.


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, February 17, 2013

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Sandy VanDam

February 27, 2013

Dear dear Mary....Tom and I were so sorry to read of Tom's passing. We read about it Sunday in the G R Press. We both shed tears as we remembered those good times shared so many years ago. How we laughed as the 2 Toms shared their uninhibited silliness. Sometimes we pretended we were not with them. Your friendship was very special to us. It was so good to look at your family pictures and read about the life you shared. Obviously it was a good life. You will be in our prayers. God bless you and your family as you remember a good man. Love, Tom and Sandy VanDam

February 27, 2013

Although we were unable to be there with you, your family have been in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to be. I always recall Tom's humor and good nature. He was a great guy.
Joyce and Denny

Tom & Marion Pilgrim

February 25, 2013

Mary, please accept our deepest condolences at Tom's death.

Pat Gmach

February 24, 2013

Bonnie, My sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your brother.You are in my prayers.

February 23, 2013

To Toms family. He truely was a special person. His smle was the best. He will be missed by many.
My thoughts and prayers are with mary and her family.
Jacque McKelvey

Mike Preston

February 23, 2013

Our condolences for the loss of Tom. He visited Micron with your Dad a few years ago and was very congenial. I took a picture of them in front of the building and its a nice reminder of their visit.
Mike Preston

February 22, 2013

For about 20 years, Tom and I lived one "off ramp" from each other (Lake Mary, FL/Altamonte Springs,FL. (I never knew it)Perhaps were should create an updated address/phone book before more history is lost. I shall miss him.

Bob McCord

Janna Haddix

February 22, 2013

You have my deepest sympathy.

Dave Van Haveren

February 22, 2013

My sincere sympathy to the Knatz family

February 22, 2013

Mary and family,
So sorry to hear about Tom. Just know that you are in our thoughts.
Randy & Kathy Prange (Sheboygan)