George Francis Hoyes
November 10, 2018
George Francis Hoyes, 95, beloved and devoted husband of Clara E. Hoyes and loving father of James E. Hoyes, passed into eternal life on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018.
George was a resident of Forty Fort for 45 years. He was born in 1923 in Peckville, the son of Robert and Pearl Hoyes. He was educated in Blakely Borough schools.
In World War II, he served in the U.S. Army as Sergeant 1st Class. Following the war, he was a cum laude graduate with a degree in business from University of Scranton, and did graduate work in accounting and taxation at University of Michigan. He had a successful career with the Internal Revenue Service in Newark, N.J., serving as chief, conference staff for many years. Prior to retiring, he also led a division on employee pension plans and exempt organizations. He retired in September 1980. Later, he was employed by Parente Tax Accounting in Wilkes-barre for several years.
George was a member of the Forty Fort United Methodist Church, where he served for many years on the administrative board and finance committee. He also served as an adult Sunday school teacher. He was a 50-year member of the Oriental Star Lodge No. 588, Free and Accepted Masons, Peckville; Consistory Chapter in Bloomsburg; and Irem Temple Shriners in Dallas. He also was a member of the Gideon’s, distributing bibles in schools, colleges, prisons, etc.
Post-retirement, he and his wife Clara enjoyed many extended vacation trips. An especially meaningful visit to Israel included a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum, place of “Sermon on the Mount.” They also took a European trip to England, with travel under the English Channel to France, and across Europe with stops in Belgium, Germany, Poland, Russia, Finland and the Baltic States. Another memorable vacation was a train trip across Canada with stops including Victoria and Vancouver on the Pacific coast. Motor trips in the US included a two-month trip to Cody, Wyo.; Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Zion National Parks; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Glenwood Springs, Aspen, Vail and Denver, Colo. Another trip he enjoyed was to the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff and Tombstone, Ark. George loved to sit by the large fireplaces in the Yellowstone and Grand Canyon Lodges for long pipe smokes, relaxation and crowd watching. Years ago, George would take fishing and hunting vacations to Canada and many summers were spent fishing for northern pike and walleye at the Cree Indian summer camp at Lake Waswanipi. Every year, George and several long-time friends would return with boatloads of fish. He also had a successful moose hunting trip to Newfoundland, bringing back three moose for a local big American Legion dinner event. Locally, every year meant hunting trips for small game across Pennsylvania: for pheasants on an Amish family farm near Lancaster, and for whitetail deer deep in the woods of the northeastern corner of the commonwealth.
George leaves his wife, Clara E., Forty Fort; son, James E. and his wife, Pamela, Hanover, Mass.; three grandchildren: grandsons, James C. and Luke G., Hanover, Mass.; and granddaughter, Dana M., Washington, D.C. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.
His brothers, Edward, Robert, James, and sister, Bertha (Hawksley) preceded him in death.
A viewing will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Michael L. Stine, his pastor, officiating. All memorials and services will be held at Hugh B Hughes Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. Interment with be in the Forty Fort Cemetery. For more information or to send the family an online condolence, visit www.hughbhughes.com.