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Rev. Harlan P. Nyhof

1/11/2021

Reverend Harlan Paul Nyhof surrendered his mortal shell and walked into God’s grace on January 11, 2021. 

 

He was born on October 24, 1933 to Rev. and Mrs. Henry and Vivian (Kooi) Nyhof in Marion, North Dakota.  Born the first of six children, he was preceded in death by a brother, Mr. Rolyn Nyhof, and is survived by Mrs. Verla (Wayne) Joosse, Mr. Calvin (Katherine) Nyhof, Mr. Gordon Nyhof, and Ms. Rosie Wurpts.

 

As a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Rev. Nyhof was a quiet, solid pillar of each community where he lived.  He is survived by his wife, Diane Kay (Oldenburg) Nyhof, originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan whom he married on June 22, 1960, and their three sons:  Scott H. Nyhof (Susan Gardner) of Lakeland, Florida, Paul J. Nyhof (Rosemary) of Middletown, New York, and David A. Nyhof ( Elizabeth Abbott) of Bolton, Massachusetts.  He is also survived by one grandson, Adam P. Nyhof and one granddaughter Meghan C. Nyhof, pre-deceased by one niece and survived by ten nieces and nephews. 

 

Harlan attended high school in part by listening to lessons on the phonograph and by radio during the evening, graduated from Central College (Pella, Iowa, 1955) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology followed by a Master of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary (Holland, Michigan, 1959).  Rev. Nyhof faithfully ministered to parishes in Monroe, South Dakota, Wilmar, Minnesota, and Waterloo, Iowa.  In early 1976 the family moved from the mid-west to the southern edge of the Catskill Mountains, where he jointly served parishes in Claryville, Grahamsville, and Woodbourne.  As a pastor to these six parishes, he officiated 214 weddings and 301 baptisms. 

 

He was also a member of Kiwanis (Waterloo, Iowa) and Lions Club (Catskills).  His life-long interests included reading biographies and historical novels and commentary of books in both the Old and New Testament, playing and teaching chess, and participating in biennial family reunions usually held in the mid-west.  He truly enjoyed domestic and international travel, particularly Europe and the Holy Land.  Rev. Nyhof was honored to serve his community as a chaplain for the Grahamsville Volunteer Fire Department.  He also truly looked forward to meeting the Ladies Quilting Circle in Claryville.  He was a true New York Yankees fan.

 

After retiring to Warwick, he could often be seen by his new-found friends and neighbors on daily walks picking up trash and litter from the roadside, helping to keep the village clean.

 

Following a small private service for immediate family, officiated by Pastor Stacey Duensing Pearce of the Warwick Reformed Church, he will be interred for peaceful rest in Warwick Cemetery in Warwick, New York.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider making a donation to Western Theological Seminary, 101 East 13th Street, Holland, MI 49423 or online at https://www.westernsem.edu/give/give-now/ or a local charity of your choice.

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So sorry for your lost. May the Lord give you comfort during this time.
Paul Wurpts
1/14/2021
We just want to let you know that our thoughts, love and prayers are With you all! Our minds thoughts and words have been filled with memories of Harlan And you all!!! He was a good brother, responsible caring father, husband, a leader and influence in every community your family lived! He loved and cared deeply for all of you And many many others including us and his wider family! We have great memories of weddings, visits, camp outs and especially those days you invited us to come and celebrate with you all on his 80th birthday!! Thank you! I’ve started scribbling down some memories thoughts and awareness of who he is which I will send later! “The streets he walks today are far more real and then the tears we feel!” How grateful we are! Lots of love and our prayers! I know we will Continue to miss him much! Wayne and Verla Joosse
Wayne and Verla Joosse
1/14/2021
We just want to let you know that our thoughts, love and prayers are With you all! Our minds thoughts and words have been filled with memories of Harlan And you all!!! He was a good brother, responsible caring father, husband, a leader and influence in every community your family lived! He loved and cared deeply for all of you And many many others including us and his wider family! We have great memories of weddings, visits, camp outs and especially those days you invited us to come and celebrate with you all on his 80th birthday!! Thank you! I’ve started scribbling down some memories thoughts and awareness of who he is which I will send later! “The streets he walks today are far more real and then the tears we feel!” How grateful we are! Lots of love and our prayers! I know we will Continue to miss him much! Wayne and Verla Joosse
Wayne and Verla Joosse
1/14/2021
Diane, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I am praying for comfort and peace for each of you as only God can give. Lord be gracious to us.... Be our strength every morning. Isaiah 33:2
Lavonne Quirin
1/14/2021
I loved my brother so much. I will miss him when I want Big brother advise. So many memories of just sitting beside him on the couch. And, when he said " The Lord Bless and keep you until we meet again" Just before we departed from our campouts. Thanks Diane for working so hard and driving or flying so many miles to get him to our family gatherings. Love to you and to all of your family ! Rosie: his baby sister.
Rosie
1/13/2021
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