Louis Van Thyn
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 by Shreveport Times on Aug. 29, 2008.
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Nico and Family:

I'm very sadden to learn about the death of your father. Was informed of this by Chuck Baker at church today. Louis was a very dear friend. He was always a very avid supporter of all the progams at Oak Terrace. I can still picture him shooting that two handed set shot during the faculty basketball games. He will be missed very much.
Give my best to all of your family members. You will always be in our prayers. Give my best to your mother and let her know she in our thoughts.
Stay in touch.
Coach Ellace J Bruce
Ellace J Bruce
September 28, 2008
To ms. Rose...I am so sorry about the loss of your husband. He is in heaven telling his stories.I met you
as you related your story at a church
in Bossier. May the Lord watch over you and your family. love..Delma Culver
Delma Culver
August 31, 2008
Nico, Elsa, Rose and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to each of you during this very difficult time. Mr. Van Thyn was such a loyal fan of the Woodlawn Knights. I remember him attending the Woodlawn High football practices and games. He always made us feel special. I last saw him and Rose at the 1960s Woodlawn High School Football Reunion. He and Rose were there for the wonderful reunion that we are still talking about and that Nico had planned so well.
Mr. Van Thyn and his family have been such good friends to me and my family for so many years. They have been there to help us and so many others in the community.
Last year my son, John, came home one weekend from Centenary. He could not stop talking about this wonderful couple who had talked to his class about the Holocaust. He was so moved. I asked him the name of this couple. He said their names were Louis and Rose Van Thyn.
I will say a special prayer tonight for Louis Van Thyn. There is another Angel in Heaven tonight watching over us. Love to Louis and his family. Kirby Ramsey and Family
Kirby Ramsey
August 30, 2008
Nico and Elsa,
I have many fond memories of your dad. His love of Woodlawn and the coaches there was very special. Our trip to Amsterdam with our "own personal travel guide" was a true history lesson. John and I both send best wishes and Love to all.
Terry Tucker
August 29, 2008
Dear Mrs. Van Thyne, We just received the news today. Every since we lost our son, you and Louis were able to help sooth our pain and I would leave your house knowing you "knew how I felt" and somehow that would get me through the hardest times. I wish I could give to you what you gave to me. Louis will be missed by our family. God Bless.
Tommy & Melissa Sapp
August 29, 2008
Dear Rose, Nico, Elsa and families,
My heart and prayers go out to all of you during this sad time. I have lots of great memories of Mr. Van Thyn and all of your family. He was a special person and touched many lives during his lifetime. I have lost both of my parents in less than two years and I feel your pain. I feel so lucky to have known him and all of the family. Elsa, I send a big hug and hope to talk with you soon.
Love to all,
Leslie Bradford
Leslie Bradford
August 29, 2008
Nico and Family:

We're sorry to learn about your father's death. Please know you and your family are in our prayers.

Tommy and Mildred Ann Henry
Mildred Henry
August 29, 2008
Dear Van Thyne Family,
On behalf of all the staff at The Stiles Apartments at The Glen Retirement System, we would like to express our sincere condolences for the loss of your precious loved one, Mr. Van Thyne. Your family is in the thoughts and prayers of many and we hope you will find comfort in your sweet memories of him. If there is anything we can do, please do not hesitate to call. 797-6810
Resident Services Coordinator
Shelley Touchstone
August 29, 2008
To the family of Mr. Van Thyn-My daughter and I had the great pleasure of meeting Mr. and Mrs. Van Thyn 9 years ago when she was doing a report on the Holocaust in middle school. You mother graciously invited us to their home and while there we also met your father. They both left a lasting impression on us and we have always considered it a blessing that we met them. May you and your mother find the peace you need to get you thru this difficult time.
Kathy Hurd & Hannah Bauer
August 29, 2008
We shall miss him dearly.
Howard and Beverly Ross
August 29, 2008
To the Family and Friends of Louis Van Thyn I would like to offer my sincere sympathy to each of you on his loss. I worked across the street at a body shop on Mansfield Rd. from where Mr. Louis worked all those years and use to be in awe of his stories of yesteryear and also the love he had for his family. He was a good, honest, funny and lovable man and I too shall miss him. May he rest in peace now and may each of you find your peace with his loss. God Bless All !!
Linda Terry
August 29, 2008
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