Dr. Harry O. Nyhus

March 2, 1920October 6, 2012

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 via: Ellis Island in 1931. He lived in Port Angeles, Washington, and then moved to Seattle.

Harry bravely served in WWII as a medic for the United States Army, and belonged to a very unique military unit called the 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate). All of the men in his battalion 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. They arrived in Normandy, in June of 1944 and from there, the 99th continued north to carry out their mission in Norway. The uniforms they wore were white 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 that great generation, the lifestyles and wonderful way of living in Europe and the US might be very different. Harry is truly one of the heroes of our lifetime who paved the way for the future of our families.

After coming home from the war, Harry went to the University of Oregon Dental School. He had studied chemical engineering prior to that, so he knew a lot about a lot of things. He had 6 children: 2 boys and 4 girls, and was a good provider for his family with two dental practices. The practice in Magnolia neighborhood specialized in general dentistry, and a second practice in the downtown Medical Dental building was for prosthetics. There are few people who worked harder than Harry. When he finished taking care of patients, he would come home for dinner, change his clothes and take care of the many rental houses and apartments he owned. This might include crawling under a house, digging a ditch, and/or repairing plumbing. He could fix just about anything. If there was a problem, he had a solution, and he solved it quietly. He owned a big farm in Port Angeles equipped with cows, horses, and chickens, and he enjoyed his family up there on weekends. Summers were spent with his family on Lake Goodwin, and during the school year, he lived in Magnolia. He gave his family everything they needed, set the example for hard work and good values, all the 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.


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, October 21, 2012

Dr. Harry O. Nyhus

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Tom Graves

October 21, 2012

It was an honor and pleasure to see Dr. Nyhus at the 99th Infantry Battalion events. A quiet hero.

Bill & Doris Burke

October 21, 2012

Our deepest sympathies to the family of Harry Nyhus from his friend who served with him as a medic in the 99th Infantry.


October 18, 2012

The sacrifices he made for his old country, his adopted country, his family, patients, friends and neighbors are immeasureable and will be forever remembered by one and all. A true hero and one of the few remaining members of the Great Generation who made it possible for what we all have today. Thank you.

Blessings and prayers to his family.

Kristin Doyle

October 17, 2012

Dearest Stacey, Your love, pride and respect for your dad showed through your stories of his life and achievements. He is at peace now and was blessed to have such an incredibly caring and loving daughter.

Pat Hilderman

October 15, 2012

to the family of harry nyhus. he was a great guy, treated harold and me well. he will be missed.

Linda Wishkoski

October 15, 2012

Dear Tammy and Stacey,
My sincere condolences to you both, and the rest of your family, for your loss. I was so fortunate to meet you when your parents were first at Ida Culver. Your father's kindness and sincere spirit were always apparent, and it was wonderful to see him honored so greatly for his miltary service. I know you will have many treasured memories of a wonderful father, and I hope they bring you great comfort and peace. My very best to you both.

Jacque (Nyhus) Lantz

October 14, 2012

Bye Bye, Daddy. Thank you so much for all you have done for all of us, as well as others outside our immediate family. We'll miss you, but never forget you. We will keep you and Mary in our hearts. We are so proud to be your children!

David Sparks

October 14, 2012

I would like to extend my sympathies to the family. Dr Nyhus was my dentist here in Magnolia when I was growing up. It is amazing to learn of his service to his country - he was truly part of the Greatest Generation.