Rev. Harlan P. Nyhof
1933 - 2021
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Rev. Harlan P. Nyhof
October 24, 1933 - January 11, 2021
Warwick, NY
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) 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 or a local charity of your choice.
Arrangements were entrusted to Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Avenue, Warwick, NY. To send an online condolence, visit

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January 13, 2021
It is with great sadness that we hear about the passing of Harlan but it is also with much joy that he is at peace and in the hands of the Master he served so well for so many years. It was my pleasure and honor to serve as a Sunday School teacher during his pastorate and as a Deacon on the Grahamsville Reformed Church Consistory. His gentle, kind leadership was an inspiration to us. There are many fond memories shared with Pastor Harlan and a few sad times when he was called upon to send a relative to their final rest . But happy one I will never forget is the evening he made a Pastor's call at our house and we were in the midst of a birthday party for one of our children (whom he had baptized). The house was full of merriment and confusion -but I asked him to come on in. He sat for quite a while at our kitchen table, enjoying a cup of tea and a birthday cupcake !! Our sincere condolences to the family and our fervant prayer for a peaceful rest in eternity for Harlan.
Loretta Ackerley
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