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Neal Kuyper May 21, 1918 - Nov. 11, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Neal Aries Kuyper, 91, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Spicer, died Wednesday at Westminster Thurber Presbyterian Retirement Community in Columbus.

The service will be early in 2010 in Albert Lea. Memorials are preferred to the Montana de Luz Home for Children with HIV/AIDS in Honduras, P.O. Box 410, Worthington, Ohio 43085-0410.

He was born May 21, 1918, on a farm in Carmel, Iowa. He grew up in Minnesota. He graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa, and Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N.J. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1949 in Albert Lea.

He married Marjorie Lautenbach of Pella, Iowa, during World War II. He served with the Army Medical Corps and witnessed the liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp. He served the ministry in Minneapolis and St. Cloud before Washington state. He founded and became director of the Presbyterian Counseling Service in Seattle. He was instrumental in the creation of the Crisis Hotline in Seattle and the Divorce Lifeline.

He married Maria Christina. He retired in Minnesota and wrote a weekly column, "Dutch Treat," for the West Central Tribune. He later moved to Bradenton, Fla.

He was a regional and national leader in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, as well as the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. He was named as one of the "Pioneers of Pastoral Counseling in America" by the AAPC national convention shortly before his retirement.

He is survived by his wife; daughters: Barbara Kuyper of Quincy, Wash., Kathy Kuyper of Silverdale, Wash., and Ruth DeYoe of Columbus, Ohio; sons: Philip of Seattle and Charles of Port Townsend; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife: Majorie; son: Neal; and seven brothers and sisters.