Timothy Charles Mulhair

Timothy Charles Mulhair, age 67, of Yankton, South Dakota died on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:00 AM, on Friday, April 29, 2022 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Bob Lacey officiating.  The funeral will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/WintzRay.  Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton.  Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, on Thursday, April 28 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with a rosary and vigil service at 7:00 PM.  Visitation continues one hour prior to the funeral at the church.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.

Pallbearers are Ryder Mortenson, Hunter Mortenson, Jacob Snyders, Alex Dawson, Nathan Kovar, and Andrew Penry.  Honorary pallbearers are Lloyd Braun, Tim Whatley, Jake Jarmel, Peter Van Nostrand, and Martin Van Nostrand.

Tim was born January 6, 1955 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Charles and Mary Ann (Nustad) Mulhair.  He grew up in Sioux Falls where he attended Cathedral Elementary and then graduated from O’Gorman High School in 1973.  Tim went on to play basketball for Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education in 1977.  His first teaching and coaching position was at O’Gorman High School and then moved on to Highmore High School and Todd County High School.  In 1983, Tim accepted a position at Yankton High School where he coached basketball and tennis, and taught a number of different business classes throughout the years.  Additionally, he was an Assistant Coach of the Men’s Basketball team at Mount Marty College from 1988 to 1995.

Tim earned his Masters of Arts Degree in Classroom Teaching from Northern State in 1988 and then his Doctorate of Education from the University of South Dakota in 1996.  In 1985, Tim became the girls tennis coach and added boys tennis in 1992, accumulating 461 career tennis coaching wins for Yankton High School.  He was honored as the SDHS Coaches Association Tennis Coach of the Year in 2002, was a National High School Tennis Coach of the Year finalist in both 2005 and 2011, and awarded the SDHSAA Distinguished Service Award in 2007.  Tim enjoyed teaching and coaching for many years prior to retiring from Yankton High School in 2010.  He was the Assistant Principal at Sacred Heart School in Yankton and later became the Co-Principal until 2020.

He was inducted into the O’Gorman High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010, the South Dakota Tennis Hall of Fame in 2014, and the Northern State University Hall of Fame in 2017.  Tim was also very involved in the Knights of Columbus, where he served as the Grand Knight as well as the Financial Secretary.  He enjoyed golfing and boating with his family.  More than anything, he loved being a grandpa and an uncle, following his grandchildren, nieces, and nephews in their various sporting and extracurricular events.  While Tim was known as a man of few words he could often be counted on for a timely one-liner, and some of his favorite stories centered on his misadventures teaching Driver’s Education.  Tim’s signature greeting was an efficient index finger wave, and his tennis players could always rely on sage advice like “Move your feet” or “Just keep it in play”.

Tim is survived by his wife, Lorie Mulhair of Yankton; three sons: Eric (Tammy) Mulhair of Kingsland, GA, John (Jessica) Mulhair of Sioux Falls and Tim Mulhair of Minneapolis, MN; eight grandchildren:  Tricia, Adonis, Tiernan, Addison, Miles, Elliana, Joseph and Lillian; brother, Thomas Mulhair of Sioux Falls; sister, Anne (Aaron) Sirovy of Renner, SD; and several nieces and nephews.  Tim was preceded in death by his parents.





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41 response to "Timothy Charles Mulhair"

  1. By: Craig Johnson Posted: April 24, 2022

    Hard to believe that the last time Tim and I were talking, we were joking. I always enjoyed Tim, and his World of Work program, when he sent his students to my classroom. I will miss his smile, helpfulness, and professionalism. I got to see him more often when he was the principal at Sacred Heart school. Bless all your great work, Tim and your wonderful family. Your family is in my prayers.

  2. By: Ruby Goeden Posted: April 25, 2022

    So very sorry Lori..remember the memories!

  3. By: Farrell and Mary Lou Sirovy Posted: April 25, 2022

    Sorry to hear about Tim. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs

  4. By: Les Leichtnam Posted: April 25, 2022

    You will be in our thoughts and prayers

  5. By: Deacon Still and Marlene Slason Posted: April 25, 2022

    Lorie, you have our sincere sympathy and prayers.

  6. By: Brittany Jones Posted: April 25, 2022

    I’m so sorry for your loss!! He was a wonderful teacher always a smile on his face. Fly high Tim

  7. By: Thomas Atkins Posted: April 25, 2022

    Lorie & family, I’m sorry to hear about Tim. We go back to 2nd grade at Cathedral. His mother Mary Ann was our Cub Scout Den Mother. Tim was the center on our basketball team at Cathedral & O’Gorman. RIP Tim.

  8. By: Alyssa Roth Posted: April 25, 2022

    Lori and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Many prayers and comforting thoughts being n g sent.

  9. By: Kathy Harens Posted: April 25, 2022

    I had the pleasure of having the Mulhair boys in my home daycare. I will always remember “tall Tim” leaning his arm on the top of my refrigerator and wiping the dust off for me. Tallness was one of his many gifts. Loving the memories. Hugs to Lori and boys. Love you.

  10. By: Jay Smith Posted: April 25, 2022

    So sad to hear about the passing of Coach. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless!

  11. By: Jay Smith Posted: April 25, 2022

    Very sad to hear the passing of Coach. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  12. By: KENZY COVEY FOR SACRE HEART SCHOOL. Posted: April 25, 2022

    Sorry for your loss he was a wonderful person and teacher

  13. By: Jessica Justra Posted: April 25, 2022

    Mr. Mulhair was my Business Law Teacher. I was always happy to see him every morning In Class at YHS. I will miss Mr. Mulhair.

  14. By: Charlie and Diana Wagner Posted: April 25, 2022

    Our sympathy and prayers are with you and your family.

  15. By: Rick and Kandie Hansen Posted: April 26, 2022

    RIP Tim always a class act. 1,420 points scored as a Northern State University Wolve as team player like he was in life. Prayers of comfort for your family and friends.

  16. By: Anne (Balfany) Nolan Posted: April 26, 2022

    Thinking of you all! Mr. Mulhair touched my life and will not be forgotten!

  17. By: Derik Budig Posted: April 26, 2022

    Sorry to hear of this, prayers extended to all!
    Had Mr. Mulhair for many classes. Most memorable was typing class. Tim let us watch the OJ Simpson trial on TV. I think he might have been more interested than us students. That was a great memory. He had good laughs and he promoted a great learning environment.

  18. By: Rich Andrzejewski Posted: April 26, 2022

    We would like to express our sincere condolences to Lorie and Tim’s entire family. I knew Tim as a teammate and friend while we were at Northern. We had many one on one basketball games prior to practice. We would play hard and then sit back to have a few good laughs. He was an excellent talent and had a wonderful career at Northern. Mary and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you during this difficult time. I am sure that each of you have some wonderful memories to look back upon.

  19. By: Curran Gerstner Posted: April 26, 2022

    I am so sorry for your loss Lorie, boys, and your grandchildren. Please know he had a lasting impact on many lives in his passionate and dedicated work with young adults. Peace to you all. My condolences. Kurt and Curran Gerstner

  20. By: Jason Selchert Posted: April 26, 2022

    Love and gentle arms from the Selchert s. Coach Mulhair was an awesome assistant coach for me at Mount Marty and an excellent colleague in our administrative careers.

  21. By: Mark Weber Posted: April 27, 2022

    Did my Student Teaching at YHS and had lunch with Tim daily for a few months. Great personality and sense of humor.
    I think Lorie was new to the school and “caught Tim’s eye”. In fishing terms, Tim would say Lorie was a “good catch.” What a wonderful legacy of faith and love Tim and Lorie have given the world. Blessings and prayers to Lorie and family.

  22. By: Peg Ellingson Posted: April 27, 2022

    I got to know Tim when our YHS classrooms shared an office back in the day. We shared many stories and experiences over the years. He was a person who could put things in perspective and calm people down. I always got a kick out of a tennis shoe of his that someone had made into a plaster container-it was huge!! He had a dry sense of humor that cheered us up and made us smile many times! He was a great guy and I am so grateful for the wonderful memories I have of those years we were YHS neighbors!

  23. By: Ted Thie Posted: April 27, 2022

    Our deepest sympathies to you and the family. Tim was always a “Class Act.” A man of few words, but highly respected.
    I went to school with Tim from 2nd grade through high school.
    Tim’s Dad and my Mom went to grade and high school together as well so we always felt like there was a connection.
    Our oldest son was able to compete against Yankton in Tennis and it was always a pleasure to catch up with Tim at the matches.
    We wish you all Peace and Love to make it through this difficult time.
    Blessings… Ted and Cindy Thie

  24. By: james Posted: April 27, 2022

    I am so glad I got to get to know him when he was the Principal of SHS and I was the bulding super. Dr Mulhair was amazing to the staff and really good with the students. Fair, at times he was firm, but cared for everyone. I remember a time walking by his office he had 3 boys in there that must have done something. As I was walking by he said MR Reinhardt do you have something these 3 gentelman could do for a while around the school?

  25. By: Ruth Rehn Posted: April 27, 2022

    I’m saddened to hear about the passing of Tim. He touched so many lives in the very best way. I’m grateful I got the chance to know him as both as a tennis coach and a friend. I always enjoyed visiting with Tim during any tennis event. I share in your sorrow.

  26. By: Mark Naber Posted: April 27, 2022

    I knew Tim from third grade at cathedral all the way through high school at O’Gorman I’m glad Tim got to do what he loved and I’m glad he had a great family May God have mercy on his soul and and maybe rest in peace his family is in our prayers

  27. By: Craig Wilbur Posted: April 27, 2022

    I was very fortunate to spend many days talking and laughing with Tim while we coached boys and girls tennis for our school. Always a class act and a man of his word, he will be missed by many.

  28. By: James Scholtz Posted: April 27, 2022

    I was on the tennis courts in Yankton with Tim most summers working with his tennis kids as a USTA coach and we also played together. He always had a joke, a kind word, a wry smile and finger wave and was fun to be around. I will miss him greatly and think of fun times on the tennis courts on cool summer evenings under the lights at the ‘new’ high school. The loss will be felt throughout the community. JS

  29. By: Rick Lynch Posted: April 27, 2022

    Coach Mulhair was one of my basketball coaches at O’Gorman. Men like him helped influence my decision to become a teacher and a coach. I cherish the times over the years when I was able run into Tim. There weren’t many people nicer than Tim. His choice of Honorary Pallbearers is a great example of his subtle sense of humor. Prayers to his family…Tim will be missed.

  30. By: Randy Gross Posted: April 28, 2022

    Sorry for the loss of the big fella, 6’7″ Tim Mulhair, nicknamed “the blade”. I as well many other people will miss him immensely. I remember golfing with him and every shot he took he would say, not bad but I’ll take it! He would also say after a birdie on a par 3, any one’s? Another great memory occurred while playing city league basketball, During a transition play from defense (not much played) to offense he barked at me telling me I was in his spot. I was standing on the wing so I sheepishly moved to another spot other than the perimeter! So many great memories from the big fella! Rest in peace my friend, rest in peace…

  31. By: Barb Dooley Posted: April 28, 2022

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband Lori, he was a large influence on so many young peoples lives and he will be greatly missed. Thinking of you and sending heartfelt condolences and prayers. Reading his obituary and coming to his Honorary pallbearers, I knew immediately these names and made me smile thinking that we had something in common and didn’t even know it … ❤️ Barb and Mike Dooleyxxoo

  32. By: Rebecca Eul Posted: April 28, 2022

    Lorie and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Coach Mulhair was an wonderful educator and coach who will be so missed by the community. I’ll never forget the kindness he extended to me during my high school years and his sense of humor. Blessings, peace and prayers to his loved ones during this difficult time. My condolences.

  33. By: Scott Ewald Posted: April 28, 2022

    So sorry to hear of Coach’s passing. I coached tennis at Watertown and I always enjoyed seeing him at the courts. He cared deeply about his players and the game. Reading his “quotes” made me smile, he always had a few words of wisdom for all of us.

  34. By: Lindsay Poeschl Posted: April 28, 2022

    My girls loved having Dr. Mulhair as their principal! He would always come over and ask how are the poeschl girls doing…I told him that the girls thought of him as a giant teddy bear. He said ” Don’t tell the seventh and eighth grades boys that!” He had a big heart and was loved at Sacred Heart School.

  35. By: Larry Posted: April 28, 2022

    I My sorry

  36. By: Wayne Nelson-Stastny Posted: April 28, 2022

    Tim was always a joy to see when dropping off Clay and Leona in the mornings. A calming and kind presence amidst chaos. What a tribute to Tim. Will George be in charge of creating a foundation given the exemplary job he did with Susan’s?

  37. By: Dave and Chris Dummermuth Posted: April 29, 2022

    We were fortunate to know Tim through basketball and tennis. He had the best outlook on the things that really matter!
    As a player, Tim always gave his best effort! As a coach, he treated situations, athletes (his own AND the opposition), and his fellow coaches with genuine respect! We always looked forward to our competitions!
    We cherish many fond memories of Tim, and we’re so grateful to have known him. Sorry for your loss.

  38. By: Wayne NelsonStastny Posted: April 29, 2022

    A bright light and pillar when dropping our children off at Sacred Heart. Tim was kind and cheerful amid the chaos and calamity. Wishing the family peace. A distinguished list of honorary pallbearers most certainly! Will George be tasked with creating a foundation given the fine work he did with Susan’s.

  39. By: Bill and Diane Christensen Posted: April 29, 2022

    I am so sorry to hear of Tim’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Mulhair family. I have many fond memories of Tim from Northern days, but especially from playing basketball. He was an excellent teammate and good friend. Tim will forever be remembered as being called ‘The Blade’ because of his ability to slice to the basket! Tim will be missed.

  40. By: Kent Brick Posted: April 29, 2022

    My condolences to Lori & the family.
    Tim was a lifetime friend – going back to our Catholic Jr hi basketball days – and I deeply admired his multitude of achievements in athletics, education, family & faith.
    RIP Dr. Timothy.
    Kent Brick

  41. By: Stan and Diana Steinert Posted: April 30, 2022

    We are so sorry for your loss
    God Bless

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