Robert Daniel Hoyt, 94, of Allegan, MI passed away Monday, December 9, 2019 at American House Assisted Living Memory Care Unit in Holland, MI. Born in Chicago, IL in March of 1925, he was the son of the late Victor Rieber and Kathleen Theresa Baker. He was later adopted by James Lawrence Hoyt and moved to Cheshire Center in Allegan County in 1939 where the family ran a gas station and grocery store. Bob graduated from Bloomingdale High School in March 1943 and enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as an Aviation Ordnanceman Third Class. He married his high school sweetheart, Roberta Pease on September 13, 1944 while home on leave. After serving our country with honor during WWII, he returned home and worked at Rockwell International in Allegan, briefly, before opening Bob’s Barber Shop which he ran for thirty-seven years before retirement. Bob was always very involved with his family, church and community. He was a longtime member of First Congregational Church where he had been a Sunday School Teacher, Church Moderator, Superintendent of Christian Education and a member of the Board of Directors. Additionally, he served as the Director of The Moon School, was an Allegan Township Supervisor for many years, was the Past-President of the Allegan County Historical Society, a member of the Allegan Intermediate School Board, the Allegan Athletic Boosters and the American Legion. When he wasn’t working or volunteering, he enjoyed spending time outdoors, fishing and vacationing with his family in Northern Michigan.
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Bob was preceded in death by his lovely wife of 70 years, Roberta (Pease) Hoyt, or “Sweetie Face” as he liked to call her; his half-brother, Victor Rieber; and stepbrother, Floyd Hoyt.
He is survived by his daughters, Sandra Carlson, Kathleen (Daryl) Knight and Judith Gavan; five grandchildren, Angela Gavan (Dave) Hamady, Scott (Vatsana) Gavan, Rebecca (Jason) Bohl, Kristy Macdonald, and Carrie Carlson (Ben) Blickle; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons.
The family will receive friends at First Congregational Church on Monday, December 16, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, at which time a funeral service will begin. Burial will follow in Hudson Corners Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to a charity of one’s choosing. Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel, is assisting the family with arrangements.