Keith Oscar Nyman
1933 - 2021
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June 27, 1933 ˜ April 27, 2020

Keith Oscar Nyman was called to be with the Lord April 27, 2020, in Vancouver, WA. He was 86 years old.
Keith was a man of integrity that loved the Lord, His family and our country.
Keith was born June 27, 1933, in Negaunee, MI, as the sixth of seven children born to Matt and Katherine (Kangas) Nyman. He was baptized June 23, 1935, at the Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church (Suomi Synod) in Negaunee. He graduated from R.A. Long High School in Longview, WA, in 1951. He held a B.S. in Business Administration from Jackson College, a B.A. in International Relations, and an M.S. in Management from the prestigious Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Keith married Joyce Helene Simonson March 28, 1953, at Messiah Lutheran Church (Suomi Synod) in Portland, OR.
Keith retired from the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant in November 1975 after a career of 25 years as an enlisted man and an officer. He served on numerous ships and stations and completed three combat tours of duty in Vietnam waters during that conflict. He subsequently owned a Personal Agency for 12 years and sold the company in 1989. He served two interim terms as Treasurer and Business Manager for the Northwest District LCMS (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) during the 1990s, and served on the District’s Board of Directors for seven years. He was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Portland, and in recent years, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Vancouver.
Keith loved music and was an accomplished accordionist when he was younger. He possessed a fine singing voice and joined church choirs at every opportunity. Keith authored two books that were published. Keith was an avid golfer in his later years.
Keith was preceded in death by his lifelong sweetheart of 61 years Joyce, who passed away Dec. 4, 2014; his daughter, Lisa Knowles, who passed away May 30, 2019; and by his second wife, Marcia who passed Feb. 26, 2021, who he married in July of 2016 at Good Shepherd. Keith is survived by son, Mark; son, Paul and his wife Jan; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services to be announced once a date can be determined. A private interment was held at Fort Vancouver Military Cemetery May 1, 2020.
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Published in The Columbian on Apr. 4, 2021.
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April 8, 2021
Yes, It was on the mourn
That I saw a ship a sailing
The sea was calm
The winds were fair
Keith was young
And at the rail
With shipmates once again.---rs
Roger B. Sheetz, USN
April 4, 2021
Thank you for your love, support and being a wonderful dad. I will miss you the rest of my days. I am thankful for the time we had with you dad.
Mark Nyman
April 4, 2021
Thank you for your love, support and being a wonderful dad. I will miss you the rest of my days. I am thankful for all the years we had with you. With Love from your son Mark.
Mark Nyman
April 4, 2021
Thank you for love, support and being a wonderful dad. I will miss you the rest of my days and cherish the years we had you. Love always from your son Mark.
Mark Nyman
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