Willis M. Hoy, 95, of rural Perham, passed away quietly on December 5th, 2011, with comfort care provided by Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Willis saw many changes since his birth in a one room house in rural Oscoda County, MI. His years covered the invention of the automobile, the innovation of the telephone, introduction of the radio and finally the computer and space ages - he saw it all. A loving husband and father, a valued brother and uncle, Willis touched many lives. In the 1930's, he worked aboard the great steamships of Michigan's Great Lakes rising to the rank of 3rd mate. He left the ore boats to join the U.S. Army during WWII, serving as Corporal in the 46th Engineer Construction Battalion. Following his Honorable Discharge in 1946, he returned home as proprietor of Hoy's Marathon Lumber Company and built many homes in southern Michigan. In the 1960's and 70's, he established Pontiac Fence Company and was well known for high quality work. Willis finally retired to the Perham area and is survived by Phyllis, his wife of 62 years, two sons and daughters-in-law and six grandchildren. Willis enjoyed woodworking, hunting deer and spending time with family.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to the Good Samaritan Home in Battle Lake, MN or Hospice of the Red River Valley in Fargo, ND.