Christian VanSchyndel

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Christian Richard "Dick" Van Schyndel
August 20, 1946 - January 11, 2017
The world lost a great storyteller, business mentor, professor, manager, family man, and Nazarene on 1/11/2017. During his life he exemplified hard work, kindness, action, and outreach to help others better themselves. The last seventeen years he taught a whole generation of Christian business leaders through his real world stories at his Alma Mater, Northwest Nazarene University, and where he'd recently been named Professor Emeritus.
Christian Richard "Dick" Van Schyndel lived a full life starting in 8/20/1946 in northern Minnesota where his parents, Dick and Leone, put him to work at the family grocery store as soon as he could start walking. After completing high school, he attended the local community college until his friend Jim Skeesuck convinced him to move west to Nampa, Idaho to attend Northwest Nazarene College and play basketball. Attending NNC was the turning point in his life as he met his wonderful wife Kathy Potter Van Schyndel, majored in business, became a lifetime Nazarene church member, and dedicated to the university.
After graduating with what he described as "mediocre grades," he was recruited by the Internal Revenue Service which moved him all over the West Coast (from Oregon, where his daughter Lisa was born, to Alaska where his daughter Pamela was born, to Northern California and finally Southern California). Along the way he made many friends and served in many Nazarene Churches doing anything that needed doing.
When his next promotion would have required him to move his two teenage daughters from Orange County to Detroit, he chose to leave the IRS and entered the aerospace industry working for McDonnell Douglas, Rohr Industries, Pilkington Aerospace, and Sony Transcom all in Southern California. It was during this time that he got all of the great stories with which he would regale his friends, family, and students. From letting the machinists use the machines in off hours to polish the chrome on their motorcycles to developing a Vietnamese production manager who then rallied all of his family and friends to make a deadline, Dick delivered great results for the companies he worked for by managing in creative ways.
His and Kathy's love of Northwest Nazarene brought them back to Nampa where his two daughters live nearby. He taught business where he enriched students with his stories. He also managed Environmental Services where he transformed the campus with his Dutch gardener green thumb.
He is survived by thousands of friends, thousands of former students, his wife of nearly fifty years, Kathy Potter Van Schyndel, his two daughters, Lisa Nordstrom and Pamela Hayes, their husbands, John and Justin, his grandson, the notorious Dutch Fisher Hayes and his sister Faye Johnson (John) of Mesa, Arizona.
A Memorial Service to honor and celebrate his life will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at the Nampa First Church of the Nazarene, 601 16th Ave. So. - An online guest book is available at www.nampafuneralhome.com. Services are under the direction of the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel, 415 12th Ave. So. - 442-8171.
Contributions in Dick's honor may be made to one of the causes he strongly supported: the Nordstrom-Van Schyndel Business Scholarship at Northwest Nazarene University, 623 So. University Blvd., Nampa, ID 83686; Family Advocates of Boise, 3010 W. State St. #104, Boise, ID 83703 where he served on the Board or Mission Aviation Fellowship, 112, N. Pilatus Ln, Nampa, Idaho 83687.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Jan. 18, 2017