Robert K. Hoyt

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Robert K. Hoyt

April 05, 1930 - November 29, 2018

Robert K. Hoyt Robert Hoyt, 88, was born in Lakin, Kansas, son of Kenneth and Margaret Hoyt.
He spent his early years in Kansas and teenage years in Missouri. After WWII his parents returned to Kansas with Bob and his sister, Dorothy. He graduated from Garden City Junior College and spent one semester at Fort Hays State College before enlisting in the Army 11th Airborne Division during the Korean War. He returned to Kansas with his bride, Ragene (Jean), and they spent seven years operating a 1,600-acre wheat and cattle operation. Their two daughters, Vicki and Michelle, were born during that time. They left the ranch when Bob returned to college, earning his master's degree from the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He was employed as an intelligence officer in Washington, DC, for four years then returned to Kansas to become communications director in the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span studies for 28 years, producing over 50 educational films and editing numerous scientific books based on work in the Institute and the University of Kansas Bureau of Child Research. After retiring, Bob and Jean moved to Crossville where he was involved with the Cumberland County Film Society, produced several videos based on local Tennessee history with Calvin Dickenson, PhD, Tennessee Technological University history professor emeritus and was a contributing columnist to the Crossville Chronicle.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jean; daughter, Vicki Bars and her husband, Don, of Greensboro, NC; daughter, Dr. Michelle Hoyt-Wheeler and her husband, Devon, of Las Vegas, NV; sister, Dorothy Vannaman of Garden City, Kansas; and Carli, his beloved canine daughter.
No funeral services will be held.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to A Time for Paws Adoption Center, 594 Cook Road, Crossville, TN 38555 or visit
Hood Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC ( was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on December 6, 2018
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