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Birney Charles Hoyt, age 79, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019.  He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dianne; children, Mary (Jason) Gibbs, Chuck (Dana) Hoyt, and Liz (Adam) Tanis; and grandchildren, Breyton, Ainsley, and Rowan Gibbs, Reece and Liam Hoyt, and Lauren, Claire, Hannah, and Nicholas Tanis. 

Birney was preceded in death by his sister, Julie (Doug) Read and first wife, Mary (Stommel) Hoyt. 

A service will be celebrated on Saturday, July 27, 2019, in the Resurrection Garden at Grace Episcopal Church, 555 Michigan Ave, Holland, MI 49423, at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Jennifer Adams officiating. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Spectrum Health Hospice, Holland Hospice, and the staff at Vista Springs Holland Meadows for the care and compassion they have shown throughout this difficult time.  

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church. 

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Birney’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Lisa Denison on June 13, 2019 at 9:03 am

    I met Birney when Dianne and I became friends about 8 years ago. Dianne told me he was a master gardener, and how he used say to the plant “now don’t get too comfortable there”(if you are a gardener, you know how we often move plants around.) It is a great example of his quiet sense of humor and I’ll always think of that when I think of Birney. My sympathies to the entire family.

  2. lynn clare on June 13, 2019 at 9:06 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Birney was a delightful person. We’re glad we got to know him if only briefly.
    Lynn and Dennis Clare

  3. Laura Tonar on June 13, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Dearest Dianne sending love and hugs to the whole family. Now Birney is freed from his earthly struggle. I admire you so much. Peace be with you and your children
    Love, Laura Tonar

  4. Roberta Mitchell on June 13, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. George and Pat McElroy on June 14, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Birney will be greatly miseed.

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