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1932 Willard 2020

Willard John Hoyt

November 1, 1932 — April 19, 2020

Hoyt, Willard

Schodack-Willard John Hoyt, 87 passed away on April 19, 2020 after a brief struggle with COVID 19. Born November 1, 1932 Willard grew up on the family farm in Schodack, son of Willard and Caroline (Lipes) Hoyt.

Willard had a strong independent spirit that spurred him on as a world traveler, hiker, Mensa member, cross-country skier, wood worker, avid reader, trail maker, writer, and inventor. He loved history, science, music and philosophy among many other topics. Known for his strong intellect and for gaining friends on several continents as his travels took him to places including Norway, Germany (while in the US Army), the former Czechoslovakia, and Borneo where he traveled out to visit with the Dyak people. Willard was proud of his family history and the family connection with Howe's Cave and the Sagendorf family in Schoharie, NY. One of his lasting accomplishments can be seen by hiking the beautiful trails throughout the Schodack Town Park that he laid out and worked hard to complete.

For many years, Willard volunteered on the local ambulance rescue crew in South Schodack. He was recognized for bravery when he saved the children of a neighboring family caught in a trailer fire. Willard was an active member and leader of the Taconic Hiking Club and Mensa of Northeastern NY and served on the Schodack Town Park Committee.

Willard was predeceased by his brother Albert J. Hoyt and his nephew Gerald. He is survived by his sister-in-law Marcia Hoyt, niece Amy, nephews Mark and Stephen. He is also survived by his great-nephews Cody, Corey, Ian and Allan.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the South Schodack Volunteer Fire Company 1567 Bame Rd., Castleton, NY 12033, in memory of Willard J. Hoyt. The family would like to thank the caring staff of Shaker Place Rehabilitation Center. Online remembrances may be made at Ray Funeral Home's web page at

Ray Funeral Service, Inc.
59 Seaman Ave.
Castleton, NY 12033

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