Ge­orge Fran­cis Hoyes

The Citizens' Voice - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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