Michael Francis Hoyt, 58, died peacefully at home on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, surrounded with the love of his family and friends. Per Michael’s request, a casual celebration of his life was held on Dec. 1 at Lensing Funeral Home, Iowa City. A private family burial will be held at a later date.
Mike was born Oct. 28, 1955, to James and Doris (Hipp) Hoyt. He grew up in Oxford and spent his entire life in the Oxford and Tiffin area. Mike worked numerous places during his lifetime, but no matter where he worked, he always had his hand in some type of construction– he loved building. Mike married Nancy Dostal on Jan. 2, 1982, in Maquoketa. Together they raised their three children on an acreage outside of Tiffin.
Mike loved being a father. He gave his children guidance, support and unconditional love. He loved being “papa” to his grandchildren. He loved teaching all kids how to do new things. He loved starry nights, campfires, and being at one with nature. Mike lived a very active life.
Mike is survived by his wife, three children, Ryan (Emily), Jessica (fiancé Joshua Wachendorf) and Amber (Brian) Reinertson, his two grandchildren, Maddilyn and Jackson, and many more family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his father and mother-in-law, Burt and Zelda Dostal, a granddaughter, Jade, and his brother James Hoyt. Cancer has taken away his life on earth. However, it will never take away his spirit. The lessons he has shown his family and friends about loving, living life, and counting your blessings, will carry us forward.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Michael Hoyt Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be directed to www.lensingfuneral.com.