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Robert Boyt

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Robert Boyt

Robert F. Boyt (Bob), 92, of Sioux Falls, SD died April 20, 2017 peacefully at home, surrounded by family, having lived a most excellent life.

On Monday April 24 there will be a public visitation beginning at 1 pm. Family will be present from 5-7 pm with a Rosary at 6:30 pm at Miller Fumeral Home Southside, 7400 S Minnesota Ave.

Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday 11am April 25 at Holy Spirit Church, 3601 Dudley Lane, Sioux Falls, Fr. Chuck Cimpl officiating. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa.

Bob was born January 1, 1925, in Des Moines to Joseph "Walter" and Helen "Nell" Boyt (O'Malley). He graduated from Dowling High School in 1943.

At 18, he was drafted into the Army completing Basic Training in Fort Benning Georgia. He was assigned to the Signal Corps Co. of the 99th Infantry Division, which played a strategic role in the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, Bob returned to Des Moines. He attended Drake University graduating in 1949 with a major in Economics.

While at Drake, he met his future wife, Jeanne Marguerite Dowdell. In May 1952, they were married in Des Moines. Bob often said that marrying Jeanne was the best decision he ever made.

Bob and his brother Jim worked for the family business, Boyt Harness Co. Bob later ran a small investment company, worked as a stockbroker, and was president of Dakota Industries in Sioux Falls until 1981. In 1958, Bob and Jim founded The Boyt Investment Co.

Bob had three great loves: family, work, and traveling. Bob and Jeanne would travel long distances to visit their children and their families.

Bob is survived by his loving wife, Jeanne; by three daughters, Nelly Miller (Rick) of Sioux Falls, Marguerite Brown (Dick) of Redmond, WA, and Mary Madsen (Greg) of Kildeer, IL; son Joe Boyt (Kimberly) of Sioux Falls; 11 grandchildren, Lindsey (Beau Boruff) and Sean Miller, Laura, Sam and Henry Brown, James, Rob and Will Madsen, and Sophia, Quentin and Dexter Boyt; great-grandson Boyt "Tuck" Boruff; and sister Kathleen Spargur, of Santa Barbara, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James O'Malley Boyt.
Published in The Argus Leader on Apr. 23, 2017
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