Richard L "Rich" Hoy

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Hoy, Richard (Rich) L
82, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on April 12, 2014. Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Otis and Fern Hoy, Rich graduated from Central High School, and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Wyoming in 1959. He was married to Helen in 1954, and they raised their five children in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Rich served in the U. S. Navy, during the Korean Conflict. Following the war, he completed his education at the University of Wyoming, and became a pharmacist at his family's store, Hoy's Drug & Dairy. In 1964 Rich opened and operated The Four Winds for 14 years. Rich also served as president of the Cheyenne Sertoma organization; was a lifetime member of the Elks Club; and also was elected to represent Laramie County in the Wyoming House of Representatives for 3 terms from 1968 - 1972. Rich was instrumental in advocating for the small business owner and creating the Pharmacy Board during his legislative tenure. Rich and Helen moved to Phoenix in 1981 where he returned to work as a pharmacist at the VA Medical Center Hospital and Maricopa County pharmacies. During this time, Rich and Helen also spent summers in Windsor, Colorado to be near family and friends in that area. Rich had many friends spread across the west and was an ardent Wyoming Cowboy's fan, traveling often to see the football team play in many locations. Richard and the Hoy family have continued to support the University of Wyoming - College of Health Sciences, via the Otis L. Hoy Memorial Fund. He enjoyed golfing, woodworking and the company of good friends. Richard is survived by his wife Helen, their five children, Steve Hoy (Annell), Kathleen Witsil (Steven), Sandy Helzer (Jim), Rick Hoy (Anne) and Connie Hoy (Buck Holland); nine grandchildren, and one great grandchild. He is also survived by his siblings Ted Hoy, Cheyenne, WY; Margaret Dickman, (Francois) Laramie, WY; Kenneth Hoy, (Diane) Gettysburg, PA; and Amayda Johnson (Kendall), Logan, UT. A memorial Service will be held at St. Joseph's Church, 11001 North 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday April 16 at 12:30, with a reception to follow Donations in his honor should be directed to the organizations below: , 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85014, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, PO Box 13600, Phoenix, AZ, 85002.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 15, 2014
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