HAPPY BIRTHDAY! West Seattle has a new centenarian – Rev. John Van Lierop

Happy 100th birthday to West Seattle’s newest centenarian! His family sent the announcement:

Rev. John Van Lierop is turning 100 today (born October 27, 1921 in Yakima) at The Kenney in West Seattle, where he has been a resident in Memory Care the last 7 years. His son John, Jr. is planning a small celebration party today.

Rev. Van Lierop is a retired Presbyterian minister, having served for 42 years pastoring 7 churches in 4 states. He retired from his last church in Sandy, Oregon, in 1986 and moved back with his wife to the Gatewood Hill home to live with his grown children. In 1987 he was asked to be the new Chaplain of The Kenney, where he served until 2004. Rev. Van Lierop returned to the Kenney Home as a resident of the Memory Care in 2014 following a fall that fractured his hip. A number of the present Kenney staff still remember him when he was chaplain and have fond memories of his working there.

Rev. Van Lierop’s hobby was collecting used books. At one time he had 20,000 books. His friends kidded him that he had enough to run a used book store. Even the owner of the famous Powell’s Book Store in Portland, Oregon, offered to buy Rev. Van Lierop’s entire library for a lump sum when he retired, but it was to no avail since he couldn’t part with his books. Rev. Van Lierop is the first of the Van Lierop clan to reach the milestone of 100. His son credits his longevity to clean living, since he lived what he preached!

23 Replies to "HAPPY BIRTHDAY! West Seattle has a new centenarian - Rev. John Van Lierop"

  • Bmc October 27, 2021 (9:46 am)

    Happy Birthday Rev John! Have an awesome day :)

    • Jeanne lampi November 1, 2021 (10:21 am)

      I have fond memories of Pastor John Van Lierop and  his son, John attending many Portland Christian High School events.    Always a lovely and gracious man who made all who knew him feel special and important.  Blessings and may the Lord  watch over you and your loved ones.

  • momof3boys October 27, 2021 (9:57 am)

    Happiest of birthdays Reverend! God Bless you and your whole family!

  • Buddy October 27, 2021 (9:57 am)

    Happy Birthday and happy to hear that you loved reading and enjoyed collecting books throughout your life!! 

  • Alberto October 27, 2021 (10:44 am)

    Happy birthday to Mr. Van Lierop!

  • HS October 27, 2021 (11:28 am)

    Happy Birthday!!

    So much in one lifetime: 100 years ago today Czech novelist and playwright Karel Capek adapted the czech word “robata” and coined the word “robot” in his writing. His idea was a robot created from a chemical batter to resemble a human. Ooohhhhh, very Halloween appropriate.

  • Congrats October 27, 2021 (11:36 am)

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday!!

  • Blbl October 27, 2021 (1:40 pm)

    Happy Birthday and congratulations! 🎉 

  • Brian Greutman October 27, 2021 (2:02 pm)

    Happy Birthday Mr. Van Lierop!

  • Mary Jo Smith October 27, 2021 (2:57 pm)

    Happy Birthday!  I met you once when my granddaughters played in a Christmas recital there.  John and Mary and Mozart are good friends of mine!  Have a great day!!!!

  • jd October 27, 2021 (3:45 pm)

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday!! 
    you share with Teddy R. our 26th president.

  • Martha Valasek October 27, 2021 (4:04 pm)

    I am so glad to wish my uncle John a very happy birthday, not everyone reaches 100 years!Love,Martha van Lierop Valasek

  • Ammi Hernandez October 27, 2021 (5:52 pm)

    Happy 100 birthday to Mr. Van Lierop! From the Piedramartells

  • Burnham Family October 27, 2021 (8:19 pm)

    Happy 100th birthday Mr. Van Lierop! You made it! We are so happy for you.Best wishes,Burnham Family

  • Tony Blau October 27, 2021 (8:31 pm)

    Happy 100th Birthday Reverend Van Lierop!  Melisa, Sibel and Tony Blau

  • Beth October 27, 2021 (9:30 pm)

    HaPpY BiRtHdAy! 

  • Nancy Lind October 27, 2021 (10:23 pm)

    Happy birthday Pastor VanLierop. You and Mary were good friends of my parents, Ray and Mildred Biggs. You also took part in my wedding ceremony, we’ve been married 55 years. You were always so kind and gentle and made an impact on many of us.

  • Amy Bullock October 28, 2021 (9:18 am)

    Happy Happy Birthday to Reverend Van Lierop.  I remember when you were at Hope Presbyterian in Portland Oregon.  In fact, I think you baptized me as a baby.  Enjoy your day with your son, family, and friends.God Bless You,Amy Bullock

  • rara October 28, 2021 (10:27 am)

    Wow! Happy Birthday John! God Bless!

  • Micheala Hoppe October 28, 2021 (12:33 pm)

    Happy 100th Birthday Reverend Van Lierop!  You are a truly remarkable person and well loved by all of us who have been blessed to know you through the years.  I send love and blessings to you and your family.

  • CMT October 28, 2021 (5:11 pm)

    Happy Birthday!!!

  • Jennifer McCoy October 31, 2021 (8:15 am)

    Happy 100th Birthday Rev. Van Lierop. Congratulations to the larger West Seattle Van Lierop family on this milestone.

  • Paul Lan Peter & John November 1, 2021 (1:28 pm)

    Happy 100th Birthday Reverend Van Lierop!   From Paul, Lan, Peter and John

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