Joseph Hoyt

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Joseph Nelson White Hoyt

CHILLICOTHE: Joseph Nelson White Hoyt passed away peacefully on March 20th at home surrounded by his family and beloved animals. He was 88 at the time of his death.

Joe Hoyt was born in Chillicothe on August 17th, 1925 to Dr. Loy E. and Madeleine White Hoyt. Joe was the youngest of their four children. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Dr. Charles "Chesty" Hoyt; and sisters Ann Hoyt Spang (Bill) and Madeleine Hoyt Murray ("Scotty").

After graduating from the Choate School (Wallingford, CT), Joe followed his brother into the U.S. Navy. Joe served with pride as a Seabee in the Philippines and Tsingtao China during WW II, returning to Ohio at war's end. Joe completed his education at The Ohio State University, graduating from the College of Agriculture. Degree in hand, and with a passion for the land, Joe returned to Chillicothe to begin a legendary life farming, raising cattle and Morgan Horses, and raising his family on his beloved Glenallan Farm.

Chillicothe was Joe's home his entire life. He was active in his community, and proud to be part of it. Joe was a past President of The Chillicothe Country Club, a long time member of The Sunset Club, and served on the Board of Directors for Grandview Cemetery.

Anyone who knew Joe Hoyt understood how important sports were in his life. An avid Cavalier fan, Joe never missed a football or basketball game. It didn't matter if one of his children were playing: Joe was there supporting the Home Team. If one of his children were participating, no matter the sport -- football, tennis, swimming, basketball -- no one cheered louder than Joe.

Joe never stopped caring about Glenallan Farm, either. As recently as three weeks ago Joe and son Pete, who followed Dad's footsteps into farming, "were talking spring planting and calving numbers".

For the past twenty-five years or so, Joe spent summers and falls at "the other most beautiful place in the world," his treasured "Camp" in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. Here, Joe spent many an afternoon playing cards with old friends, drinking Bloody Mary's and gazing at Mt. Monadnock. His New Hampshire ties meant as much to Joe as his Chillicothe ones. We, his family, will continue the New Hampshire traditions and friendships that Joe and wife Annie have established over the years. Lobsters and steamers at Little Anthony's, a round of golf at Shattuck and cocktails on the porch with family and dear friends.

Most important in Joe's life was his family: much loved wife of 53 years, Ann Nelson Hoyt, whose care and devotion are unmatched; his five children - sons Eric, Cash (Molly), Nelson, Peter (Kate) and daughter Betsy (Kevin Hackett); Joe's nine grandchildren who were his pride and joy; plus numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Joe's most important legacy, which is working its magic already, is the loyalty and sense of devotion he instilled in his children and grandchildren.

If you knew Joe, you knew his sense of humor and mischievousness. They were infectious. In his later years he always had a glimmer in his eyes while instructing one of his grandkids how to avoid getting caught doing something they shouldn't.

The family would like to extend a very special thank-you to Friends of Hospice for their loving care and support. We will be forever grateful, especially, to dear Candace who always brought a smile to Joe's face.

Joe hated funerals. He told us on numerous occasions that he didn't like going to funerals, and especially did not want to attend his own. His instructions were simple: He urges friends to have a toast in his memory, think of all the good times shared, and be sure to hug your family while you still can.

In honoring his wishes we, his family, ask that in lieu of flowers a contribution be made to Friends of Hospice in Joe's name. (11 West Water Street, Chillicothe OH 45601)

Dad, Joe, Uncle Joe, Papa Joe, Big Joe had a good, full life, and is already missed by those he loved and those who loved him.

Arrangements are under the direction of the WARE FUNERAL HOME. You may sign his online register at

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Chillicothe, OH 45601
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Published in the Chillicothe Gazette on Mar. 23, 2014
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