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Donald James Hoye

May 6, 2011

ARNOLDS PARK – A Celebration of Life Open House for Donald James Hoye, Las Vegas, formally of Estherville, will be held Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the Arnolds Park Pavilion, Arnolds Park from 2-4 p.m., Remembrance Ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Donald James Hoye, 78, passed away April 5, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was born Nov. 2, 1932 in Estherville to Joseph L. and Ruth (Kidder) Hoye. He married Janet Jensen on Oct. 26, 1958. Don was preceded in death by his parents and later wife Jan, on July 13, 2007.

He recently married Joan Miller of Lake Park on Sept. 4, 2010. Don is a graduate of Estherville High School in 1950 and University of Iowa in 1954 with a degree in pharmacy. He joined the US Army in 1954 and served two years, receiving an honorable discharge in 1956. Upon leaving the military, he joined his father in Estherville as a pharmacist in the Hoye Rexall Drug Store until he sold his business in 1984. He and his wife Jan moved to Las Vegas in 1984 where he served as an itinerate pharmacist serving all of Las Vegas K-Mart stores for the next 20 years. During his professional and successful career as an Estherville pharmacist he was a strong and influential supporter of the Estherville community, serving in many civic activities. He enthusiastically enjoyed spending summers at the family lake home on West Okoboji, where he was known for his passionate love of fishing. Don is best known for his infectious laughter and spontaneous conversations with anyone at any time- no one was ever a stranger to Don. To that end, Don was most effective in making people laugh by serving as a Shrine clown for the Shriners. Don is survived by his wife Joan Miller-Hoye, his daughter Heidi (Hoye) Toale and son-in-law John Toale and his two grandchildren Joey and Gracie Toale, of Arnolds Park; his sister Mary Anne Grinde, of Burlington, Iowa; his brother Tom Hoye and sister-in-law Jan Hoye of Arizona; and Joan Miller-Hoye’s three married children, six grandchildren and four great-grand children. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the Shriners clowns or the University United Methodist Church in Don’s name.