Rev. Albert F. Nyland, III, 87, formerly of Jackson, Missouri, passed away Saturday, October 10, 2015, at his home in Fishers, Indiana.

He was born August 29, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, to Albert F. and Elly J. Lunde Nyland, II.  He was a 1946 graduate of Fenger High School in Chicago, and a 1950 graduate of Carthage College in Carthage, Ill. He attended Chicago Lutheran Seminary in Maywood, Illinois, graduating in 1953.   While attending seminary, he served as a supply pastor at St. Peter and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Blue Island, Illinois.  He was subsequently ordained May 20, 1953, at Grace Lutheran Church in Springfield, Illinois, during the annual Illinois Synod Convention.

He and Betty Lou Eller were married February 14, 1954, in Centralia, Illinois.  They had been married 34 years when Betty passed away May 10, 1988.

Congregations he served include the following:  Redeemer Lutheran Church in Centralia, Illinois (1953-1958); St. Paul Lutheran Church in Metropolis, Illinois (1958-1962); St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Fern Creek, Kentucky 1962-1964); Faith Lutheran Church in Logansport, Indiana (1964-1970); Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church in Anna, Illinois (1970-1984); and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pocahontas, Missouri (1984-1994), retiring in 1994.  From 1996 to 2006, he served as the Mission Support Pastor for the congregations of Sargent’s Chapel Church and Sedgewickville Lutheran Church; and from 2009-2011, he served as permanent supply pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cairo, Illinois.    He served a total of 60 active years in the ministry, and in each place he served, he and Betty became active members of the community. One of his favorite involvements was being concessions manager and a member of the Union County Fair Board in Anna, for close to 20 years.

Loving survivors include two children, Tim (Connie) Nyland of Collinsville, Illinois, and Pastor Nancy Nyland of Fishers, Indiana; six grandchildren, Christopher (Meagan) Nyland of Baltimore, Maryland, Gretchen Nyland and Rachael Nyland of Collinsville, Andrew Nyland of Champaign, Illinois, Tadd Nyland of Fishers, Anh Thu Huynh of Vietnam; a great-grandson, Ragnar Nyland of Baltimore; two sisters, Lora-Lee (the late Henry) Snyder of Walkerton, Indiana, Norma Jean (Charlie) Kesling of Las Vegas, Nevada; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rev. Nyland also considered these dear friends to be his family:  Marisa and Fernando Zancaner and children Gustavo, Vivian, and Nelson of Araras Brazil; Rev. Rebecca Sogge and children, Mikaela and Annika of Wimberley, Texas; and Douglas and Upendo Mmari of Fishers, Indiana.

Arrangements in Indianapolis, Indiana are as follows:

Visitation will be Saturday, October 24, from 1 PM to service time, at Servants of Christ Lutheran Church.  At 2 PM, the Bishop William Gafkjen will officiate a memorial service.

Arrangements in Jackson, Missouri were as follows:

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 13, 2015, from 4 PM to service time, at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at 7 PM, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jerry Bailey officiating.

Rev. Nyland will be laid to rest beside Betty, at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Pocahontas, Missouri.  Graveside service will be Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at 11 AM.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Servants of Christ Lutheran Church, Indianapolis, Indiana; or ELCA World Hunger.

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  1. Dear family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I had the honor of meeting your father at SE Hospital when he was visiting friends and family and church family. He was a very humble person.
    We all know that our loss is heavens gain. Keep the memories close.


  2. Dan Strobel

    Dear Nancy and Tadd,

    Nancy and I are so very sorry for your loss. I am thankful Dad is at peace with Christ and those who have gone before him. May the Spirit comfort you and reassure you of the Resurrection. You will see your folks again!

    Peace be with you,
    Dan and Nancy Strobel

  3. Sharon Dippold

    Dear Family,

    We extend our deepest sympathy for your loss. We will always remember the kindness and attention Pastor Nyland gave us when we joined the Sedgewickville Lutheran Church 16 years ago. We were privileged to share his devotion and faithfulness to this church. Please know a soul who lived so well remains forever near.

    Jerry and Sharon Dippold

  4. Will Peugeot

    Sorry for your loss. I pray that God will comfort you and your family at this time and give hope for the great future God has in store for us all.

  5. Susan Smith Schild

    Tim and family,
    I saw your Dad’s obituary in the Cape paper. Thinking
    of you and remembering what an outstanding addition to The Anna community your Dad was.
    Hope your memories bring you comfort. You are in my prayers, Susan Smith Schild

  6. Dana Newhouse

    Sorry for your loss, just wanted to let you know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    God’s Peace to you all, Dana

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