Louis Van Thyn
SHREVEPORT, LA - Louis Van Thyn, 89, a Holocaust survivor, passed away Wednesday, August 27, 2008. He had been in declining health for several years.
A native of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, he and his family immigrated to the U.S. in 1956, settling in Shreveport. He became an active member of the community, positive and forward-looking to his final day, able to recall in detail the events of a rich, well-traveled life. He never lost his faith and was devoted to family and friends.
Louis was a member of Agudath Achim Synagogue, a past president of its men's club; the Broadmoor Masonic Lodge, with a 32nd degree in the Scottish Rite, KCCH; and the El Karubah Shrine, where he worked with the stewart unit. In lieu of flowers, he asked that donations be made to the Shriners' Children's Hospital.
He was an avid sports fan, well-known to coaches and athletes in the area. He and his wife, Rose, also a Holocaust survivor were honored often for their commitment to educating students and civic groups about the Holocaust.
Surviving Louis are his wife; son Nico (and wife Bea) of Fort Worth, Texas; daughter Elsa (and husband Jim Wellen) of Voorhees, NJ; grandsons Jason Key (and wife Ann) of McKinney, Texas, Adam Wellen of New York City and Josh Wellen of Baton Rouge, LA; granddaughters Rachel (and husband Russell) Smith of Knoxville, TN, and Abby Wellen of Pittsburgh, PA; and great-granddaughter Josie Smith.
Pallbearers will be his four grandsons, Ron Nierman and Bill Braunig.
A memorial service will be today at 11 a.m. at Rose-Neath Marshall Street Chapel with Rabbi Foster E. Kawaler officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Stoner Avenue. Rose-Neath Funeral Home
Marshall Street - 222-0348
Published in Shreveport Times on Aug. 29, 2008.