Harry O. Nyhus

Dr. Harry O. NYHUS, Chevalier de la Legion d' Honneur

Dr. Harry O. Nyhus passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Harry was born on March 2, 1920 in Hurum, Norway, and immigrated to the United States in 1931. He lived in Port Angeles, Washington, and then moved to Seattle.

Harry bravely served as a medic for the US Army during WWII, and belonged to a unique unit, the 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate). All of the men were selected for this elite position because they were US citizens born in Norway, and could speak Norwegian and English and most importantly ski. Their original mission was to liberate Norway while on skis. They arrived in Normandy, in June of 1944 and from there, the 99th continued north. The uniforms they wore as they moved north were reversible ski suits. White for snowy days, and black for nights. As winter approached, conditions grew treacherous. Old Morse code transcripts saved from the time read: "Men are without proper supplies - Stop - Send supplies immediately - Stop - Men have been without food for days - Stop - Men are cold and wet - Stop - Men are taking phenethylamine to keep going - Stop - " The conditions these men endured in order to secure the future for so many, are hard to imagine. Had it not been for the bravery, stamina, and sacrifices of the 99th, the lifestyles and wonderful way of living in Europe and the US might be very different.

After coming home from the war, Harry went to the University of Oregon Dental School; and began practicing general dentistry, and opened a second practice for prosthetics. He raised a large family with 6 children: 2 boys and 4 girls. There are few people who worked harder than Harry. When he finished taking care of patients, he came home for dinner, changed his clothes and took care of the many rental properties he owned. He could fix just about anything. If there was a problem, he had a solution! He owned a farm in Port Angeles stocked with cows, horses, and chickens, and enjoyed weekends there with his family. Summers were spent on Lake Goodwin, and during the school year, he lived in Magnolia. He set the example for hard work and good values, while showing everyone a good time. His family lived a very charmed life as a result of his hard work and happy attitude.

He is survived by his daughters: Jacque Lantz; Caroline Ellison; Tamera Nyhus; Stacey Nyhus; son Chris Nyhus, and numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Timothy Nyhus and wife Mary Lou Nyhus.

A celebration of Harry's life will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm at Broadmoor Golf Club, 2340 Broadmoor Drive East, Seattle, WA 98112.

Funeral Home

Acacia Memorial Park & Funeral Home
14951 Bothell Way NE Seattle, WA 98155
(206) 362-5525

Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 14, 2012