Nicholas “Nick” William Van Kluyve


Nicholas “Nick” William Van Kluyve, 53, of Amarillo, TX died Thursday, June 22,

Nicholas "Nick" William Van Kluyve
Nicholas “Nick” William Van Kluyve


Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at Hillside Christian Church, 6100 S. Soncy. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Nick was born November 15, 1969, in Pampa, TX to Richard and Mary Lee Van Kluyve. Nick graduated from Plainview High School in 1988 and went on to graduate from Baylor University in 1997 with a double Master’s Degree in Mass Communications and Political Science. He pledged Kappa Omega Tau and made lifelong friends that became his family.

Nick had a passion for sports and loved to play golf. He spent many years working the Masters Golf Tournament in Georgia with his brother, Rick and the guys and looked forward to going back for play day each year. Very rarely did he miss watching a Texas Rangers Baseball game, a Dallas Cowboys Football game or a Baylor Bears anything game! He loved his family and spending time with them. Whenever Nick would walk into a room, all the kids would run to Uncle Nicky and most of the time fight about who got to hug him first. Nick could make everyone laugh, had the best advice, and was always willing to help other people out.

He was preceded in death by his daddy Richard Van Kluyve Sr.; his only sister Janine Jones; nephew Ean; and both sets of his grandparents, who we all know met him at the gates of heaven with open arms!

Survivors include his mother, Mary Lee Van Kluyve, of Amarillo, TX; a brother, Richard Van Kluyve, Jr, his wife Lori, their children Maddie, Ben, Cory and Samantha Barnes and their children Elliott and Emma; nieces Bailey Davis and her children Beau, Kennedy and Jackson, Britney Sherley, her husband Collin and their children Aynsley and Barrett, and Courtney Posey, her husband Justin and their children Carrie, Colton, Callie, Kash and Eric; his nephew Brennan Jones; his Fraternity Brothers of Kappa Omega Tau; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.


16 Replies to “Nicholas “Nick” William Van Kluyve”

  1. I’ve spent the last few days alternating between laughing and crying as I think of our endless inside jokes and can hear you laughing at them like they’re new. Im so heartbroken for your family, but joyful knowing that you’re with Jesus now. The grass is most definitely greener on your side.

  2. Nick offered such wisdom and generosity laced with the sharpest wit. He was truly one of a kind and I will always cherish our Baylor memories.

  3. Brian and I are thinking of you and your family and thankful you are with Jesus. I will miss tagging you in my back to school pics of torture. I’ll never forget posting on FB about how we couldn’t find a certain lotion for our kids eczema because it was sold out here. Literally a few days later, a surprise shipment showed up on our door from you of the lotion. You will be so missed and we will be praying for your family for this horrible loss. Sic’em Bears! Love always, Meredith

  4. Forever & Always we will cherish our memories at Baylor & in Dallas, TX with our beloved Nicholas. Everything was always more fun, and adventurous, when Nick was around. He light up a room & drew people to him. He had a heart of gold & we are so sad we can not be with him this side of Heaven. We rejoice in his sweet victory of coming home to Jesus! So many prayers to the entire Van Kluyve family-We love you xoxo Natalie Lund & George Clements

  5. Always loved talking and being with Nick. He always loved to pick my brain about golf. He will always be remembered and missed. Rest in peace my brother.

  6. We loved Nick with all our hearts! We always worked out together at Gold’s Gym in Waco with another special friend–Nick nicknamed “Wada, Wada.” We had so much fun with Nick through many years. He always ended our conversations with Sic ‘Em Bears. He will be so missed by so many. God bless all of you, dear family. Nick was one of a kind. With love, Molly and Davis Watson

  7. Nick and my son Matt Adams we’re best friends. They lived together at Baylor and in Dallas. He was one of my favorites and I felt he was like a son to me. Nick will be missed by so many. Prayers to all the family

  8. Nick will truly be missed. Love the time I had with him and he always had fun with my name, and used it at his work to make people laugh, from what I was told. I thought that was funny! Love and prayers to the family.

  9. My heart hurts for this precious family. Nick was always kind and attentive when you were around him. Prayers for him whole family.

  10. There’s a gaping hole in my heart forever. Love and miss you, brother. Make no mistake about it – I look forward to seeing you in the Lord’s kingdom in due time. NBJDBBCMA

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