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Jerry Gene Hoy

Jerry Gene Hoy, age 77 of Nashua, IA, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, at MercyOne New Hampton Medical Center.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. at Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory – Olson Chapel in Nashua with Rev. Scott Smith officiating.

Jerry Gene Hoy
Jerry Gene Hoy

Interment will be held at Cedar View Cemetery, rural Ionia with Allan Hoy, LaMont Hoy, John Steere, Riley Butters, Herb Decker, and Terry Decker serving as pallbearers.

Friends may greet the family from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home on Friday.

Jerry was born on April 11, 1945, in Charles City, and he was the oldest of the two sons born to Bernard and Virginia (Hansen) Hoy.

He was totally a farm boy and lived on the family farm north of Nashua for most of his life. Jerry went to county school for a number of years before going to town to finish his education, and he was a member of the Class of 1963 at Nashua High School.

Jerry was a hard worker throughout his life. In addition to farming, he worked at Hydrotile in Nashua, Oliver Tractor in Charles City, and Walsh Manufacturing in Charles City, where he was a welder for many years before working in distribution before he retired. He also served his county in the Army Reserves.

He dated Judy Hanson back when he was in high school, but they “re-met,” if you will,” when she was 20, and the second time was the charm as they began dating, fell in love, and were married on Dec. 6, 1969, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Nashua.

The family grew to include four children — Allan, Deborah, Darla, and Arlen — who had a dad who was fun but also expected them to do what they were supposed to do, too. Judy remembers her best weapon when the kids were getting out of line was “just wait until your dad comes home” and that usually did the trick.

Jerry loved his gardens; he had a massive plot for vegetables and planted flowers, as his wife put it, “everywhere.” He loved his strawberries; in fact, as a kid, his mom at 2 to 3 acres of strawberries, and Jerry learned at an early age how to pick the best ones.

He and his wife went for a ride around the countryside every day. Jerry liked his beer, but he also made gallons of homemade wine throughout his life, everything from Rose Pedal to Dandelion and Grape.

Jerry’s home was heated by wood for much of his life; in fact, the Hoys burnt wood up until a couple of years ago so put it this way: He chopped a lot of wood in his day!

He was a proud grandpa to seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, and while he wasn’t a crowd person, if he knew you, he’d talk your ear off. He loved hanging out with his family and his buddies.

Jerry lived a simple, hard-working life, and all those that knew him will dearly miss him.

He is survived by his wife of almost 53 years, Judy of Nashua; four children, Allan (Kim) Hoy of Mason City, Deborah Hoy of Charles City, Darla (Wayland) Bean of Bassett, and Arlen (Shelley) Hoy of Marble Rock; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a brother, Virgil Hoy of Nashua.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents.

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