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David Hoyt

Birth Date: March 28, 1944
Death Date: March 14, 2019

David E. Hoyt, 75, peacefully passed away March 14, 2019 at Liberty Village in Clinton. He was born March 28, 1944 in Decatur to Kenneth E. and Ila M. Hoyt. Dave graduated from McArthur High School in 1962 and then attended SIU in Carbondale. He returned home to Decatur to join his father in the homebuilding business, something he always wanted to do. He was a carpenter by trade at that time, eventually going into business for himself and becoming a well-known building contractor, building homes and multi-family homes in Decatur, Jupiter Florida, and Lake of the Ozarks for many years. Later, his son, Jeff Hoyt, would become the third generation to become a home builder. Dave married Jeanette Ferguson in 1964, and they had 55 wonderful years of marriage.

Dave is survived by his wife, Jeanette; a son, Jeff (Tonya) Hoyt; and a daughter, Amy (Rob) Arthur. A much loved papa, he leaves grandchildren, Jordon Hoyt, Rhobie Arthur, Ryley Arthur, and Rachel Hoyt (Josh) Bentz. Dave was blessed with two great granddaughters, Oakley Rose Bentz and Hadley Grace Bentz. Dave is also survived by sisters, Karen Hoyt and Jackie (Sam) Younker; and sisters-in-law Cathy (Scott) Wilkinson and Alice (Frank) Montagnino; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in memory of Dave to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 832, Decatur, IL 62521 to help continuing building homes for those who need them.

The Hoyt family would like to thank the staff, and especially nurse Melissa, in the Manor Court section of Liberty Village for the careful care they gave our loved one, Dave.

Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded by Graceland/Fairlawn Cremation Center. A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 23rd from 2 to 4 p.m. at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Following the visitation, the family will host a Celebration of Life for Dave at Doherty’s, 242 E. William Street in Decatur at 5 p.m. Please drop by if you can. The family would love to see you and reminisce.

March 23, 2019
2:00 pm
- 4:00 pm
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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Celebration of Life
March 23, 2019
5:00 pm
Doherty's Pub & Pins
242 E. William St. Decatur, IL
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  1. Dave Holy: Mentor and Beloved Friend!

    Written by: Tom Chapman

    A Great Role Model:
    IN growing up alongside Dave in Construction, I matured based upon different people who became role models. Dave was a hard worker, honest, truthful with a great personality. Dave Hoyt became a great mentor as he skillfully assembled all of us in building homes. When health took me away from plumbing, then in returning several years later, Dave was one of the first customers to again place his trust in my newly established A1A Plumbing company. It was difficult starting over with nothing, Dave was always loyal, helping rebuild the former family business through referrals. My son Nate joined in and we had a family business again, yet after building the plumbing I got sick again, Being blessed with customers such as Dave and Jeff, I was able to freely give my son the business as I was able to retire. I am thankful Dave shared his best with mentoring my son Nate as a role model… just as he did me. Jeanette, when Jeff is away if you ever need help in managing ‘building issues’, everything that goes wrong, Please let Nate know as he is skilled in most areas of construction. Our family is blessed to be a part of your family. I’ll be in from tennessee to say hello again at the visitation.
    With Love,
    Tom and Danette Chapman
    Nathaniel Chapman

  2. Always kind

    Written by: Rodney Fleener

    Dear Janette and family, I am so very sorry to read about Dave’s passing. I cant remember a time that I didnt know Dave. He was such a huge part of my life. I remember so many things about Dave that it is hard to put into words. One thing that will always stay with me was his kindness towards Tanya when she developed Alzheimers. He never failed to hug her and give her a word of encouragement. We have relocated to South Florida and just now heard this news. Wish we could have been part of his memorial gathering. Love to you all. Rodney and Jean

  3. Thinking of you

    Written by: Carole Gallina (Chamblin) Ahola

    Thinking of you, Jeanette. So sorry to read about Dave’s passing. Wishing you and your family peace and comfort.

  4. Homebuilder in Heaven

    Written by: Bill & Betty Arthur

    Bill and I have so many fond family memories of our times together spent in Florida, the Ozarks and in Decatur. We are blessed to have shared fun times on Rhobie’ s birthday. Jeanette
    May you always find the time to cherish the memories you made together as a family. Jeff we you wish you comfort and peace. To my precious daughter in law Amy always remember how your Dad made you laugh and cry. But most of all let his spirit and legacy live on in you and with you. We’re glad to be a part of your family. May God bless you and keep you in his comfort.

  5. Jeanette and Family, I am so saddened about Dave’s loss. My heart and prayers go out to all of you. May he rest in peace and may all of you find solace that he is in a better place.

  6. Fond memories of Dave in our younger years,, and teen years ,, always fun to be with. Our prayers are with the family at this sad time.

  7. Jeanette, I’m so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. 🙏🏻
    Bonnie Braden Giesler.

  8. When you lived in Jupiter, Florida my daughter and several of her friends dropped by to see you. They had been on a cruise and it had turned out to be terrible. So they came by to see you folks and your family treated them so well. Carey still calls it the vacation from hell. I will always remember how kind you were to the girls. Thank you all. God bless you and may Dave Rest In Peace.

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