Robert Hoyt

Robert Daniel Hoyt

Monday, December 9th, 2019
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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.

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.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, December 16th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Monday, December 16th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    First Congregational Church of Allegan
    323 Cutler Street
    Allegan, MI 49010
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    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to a charity of one’s choosing.
  • Service

    Monday, December 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, December 16th, 2019 11:00am
    First Congregational Church of Allegan
    323 Cutler Street
    Allegan, MI 49010
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to a charity of one’s choosing.
    Pastor Cory Klein
    Pastor Barry Lucas
  • Interment

    Monday, December 16th, 2019 |
    Monday, December 16th, 2019
    Hudson Corners Cemetery
    A37 and 118th Avenue
    Allegan, Michigan 49010
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    Immediately following funeral service at the church.


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Pamela Johnson

Posted at 11:00am
Our prayers are with you. So many fond memories of your Dad. At church, he so enjoyed lifting his voice on high, especially his favorite hymns. I remember when we were children, the work he did on helping with the children's Christmas program. Our two boys learned from your Dad that a strong handshake was an important attribute. He had too numerous sayings to share, but one of our favorites was the one thing consistent in life was change. He always had a smile and a story to share, and we will all miss him. With heartfelt sympathy, Terry & Pam Johnson

David Larry Pease

Posted at 08:19am
In memory of my beloved Uncle Bob. I have such wonderful memories of him. He is the last of my "Greatest Generation" relatives.
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Deborah Belden

Posted at 07:48pm
Bob & Roberta were good friends with my mom and dad, Dick and Betty Truax for many many years. When my two little girls and my husband and myself were in a serious car accident. My older daughter (about 4) had a serious head injury Bob would cut my daughter's hair because he was very gentle. Therefore, Bob became known to my girls as "Green Bob" because of his green barber shirt! We will miss you Green Bob.
Debbie Truax Belden and Larry Belden

Craig Phillips

Posted at 01:35pm
thoughts and prayers to all the family, will miss Bob stopping in after he got his hair cut to say Hi, and talk to me for a few minuets and then he was off again

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