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William Henry Hoyman

West Des Moines

William Henry Hoyman, passed away on November 17, 2013 after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was a beloved husband, and devoted teacher, a music lover and performer, a veteran, and a cherished friend to many.

A service to celebrate Bill's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 21 at West Des Moines Christian Church, 4501 Mills Civic Parkway. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 20 at Caldwell-Raddatz Funeral Home, 8201 Hickman Road, Urbandale.

Bill was born April 11, 1943 in Amarillo, TX to Merrick and Betty Hoyman. He moved to Indianola, IA at age 1, where he was raised by his grandparents, William Harper Hoyman and Deana S. Hoyman. Bill graduated from Indianola High School. He went on to earn Bachelors and Masters degrees from San Diego State University and serve in the U.S. Marine Corps. Bill met the love of his life, Jane Ellen Spear, in Denver, CO. They were married January 2, 1971 in Las Vegas, en route to making their home in San Diego.

Mr. Hoyman taught school for 33 years, focusing on Special Education and school counselor. Along with his teaching, music was a lifelong joy to Bill. He sang and played guitar in venues ranging from Crimmins Cattle Co. and Sully's Irish Pub to Blank Children's Hospital. Jane and Bill spent many wonderful summers in Prairie du Chien, WI. Bill loved the Mississippi River, where he fished and boated with friends. His favorite bar was Sully's in West Des Moines where he had another close circle of friends.

Survivors include his wife, Jane and their dog Dolly; siblings, Sandy Hoyman, Denise Wall (Mark) and Tom Hoyman; aunt and uncle, Kathryn Schooler and James Hoyman; cousins, Mary Gillaspey (Dean), John Hoyman (Tammy), Ann Hoyman, Jane Majuri, and Sally Kowalewski (Dennis); nieces and nephews; and to many friends to count. Bill was preceded in death by his grandparents, his dad, his uncle, and a favorite dog, Kate.

The family wished to especially thank Dr. Freeman, his nurse Angie and the entire Mercy Oncology staff for their outstanding care.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Animal Rescue League, West Des Moines Christian Church, or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Online condolences may be left at

Published in Des Moines Register from Nov. 19 to Nov. 21, 2013
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