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Russell  William "Russ" Hoyt
  • Kairos Dwelling
    2945 Gull Rd.
    Kalamazoo, MI 49048

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“Just heard of Russ' passing--announced at Engine Club meeting. My sincere sympathies. Then also noticed that you have also lost Alice. I'm sure...Read More »
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“Kathy & Don, Lois, and Families - I extend my deepest sympathy on the loss of your father and grandfather Russell. As fondly related to Kathy in the...Read More »
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Russell W. "Russ" Hoyt, 91, of Richland, Michigan died peacefully at Kairos Dwelling on Friday, May 21, 2021.

Russ was born on July 14, 1929 in Kalamazoo, MI, the son of Earl Francis and Blanche (Towne) Hoyt. A longtime resident of Richland he graduated from Richland High School in 1948. Russ began his apprenticeship at the Grand Trunk Railroad and retired from his career as a journeyman machinist in 1990 from GM. He was a longtime member of the Kalamazoo Antique Tractor Club and was an avid collector of antique cars, tractors and engines. He also enjoyed travelling, fishing and camping.

Russ was united in marriage to Alice Marie Mercer on November 23, 1949. Surviving are his daughter Katherine (Don) McKean; two sons, James (Ellen) Hoyt and Stanley (Betsy) Hoyt; a sister, Lois (James) Richmond; a brother-in-law, Bruce Steele; and two grandchildren. Russ was preceded in death by his wife, parents and a sister, Mary Lou Steele.

Friends will be received 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home Richland Chapel, 9170 East D Ave. Richland, MI 49083, where services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Committal and interment will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery in Richland. A livestream of the service will be available at the following link:

Memorial contributions may be made to Kairos Dwelling, 2945 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49048. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at