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Richard Hoyme jr. (#46933467)
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James Seidelman
Dr. Richard Hoyme
It seems you duped my entry - I'm not related so I'm deleting mine. Just in case you don't have the obituary. Jim

Dr Richard Gjermund Hoyme, Sr
Birth: unknown
Death: Jul. 22, 2007

Dr. Richard Gjermund Hoyme Sr. died July 22, 2007, in Eau Claire, the city of his youth. Dr. Hoyme was most often called Dick by his family, friends and career associates.

Dr. Hoyme was preceded in death by his parents, Gjermund Hoyme M.D., and his mother, Rita Lacey Hoyme, R.N.

Dr. Hoyme's father practiced medicine as a cardiologist in Eau Claire and was the co-founder of the Luther Midelfort clinic. Dr. Richard Hoyme's family had a prestigious and lengthy history in Eau Claire. His grandfather was a Lutheran pastor and developed one of the largest Norwegian Lutheran congregations in the United States, and later became president of the United Norwegian Lutheran Church of America in 1890.

Dr. Richard Hoyme had a wonderful and happy childhood growing up in Eau Claire. He was an accomplished golfer, becoming a par golfer by the age of 14. He trained as a private pilot at age 16. He loved to take the train to Chicago to watch Northwestern football games, which was where his father had graduated from medical school, and also attend games at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. These were the beginnings of his lifelong love of college football. Dr. Hoyme graduated from Shattuck Military School in Faribault, Minn., where he was a classmate of actor Marlon Brando. He received a bachelor's degree from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., famous as the site of Winston Churchill's 'Iron Curtain' speech. Dick excelled in sports as the punter on the football team, and lettered in varsity golf and basketball. Dick later played on the Milwaukee Rockets basketball team, touring as a 'set-up' team for the Harlem Globetrotters. He was still in college when his father retired from medicine and moved to Coronado, Calif., in 1948. Dick enjoyed his time in Coronado with his father boating and fishing, and this was his introduction to California where he would later live for over 40 years.

After college, Dick joined the U.S. Army as a 2nd lieutenant. Dick had twice tried to join the service during World War II. Being too young for service, he traveled at age 15 to Canada to attempt to enlist in the British Navy. He was caught and sent back to his father. Later, at age 16, he took a train to Chicago and tried to pass for 17 and join the U.S. Marine Corps. He was again unsuccessful.

Dick loved the Army. His first posting was to Fort Belvoir in Virginia. He later served in Stutgart, Germany, during the Korean War. After active duty ended in 1955, he served throughout the 1950s and 1960s with the U.S. Army Reserve and California National Guard. He was part of the newly formed (by President Kennedy) Special Forces, 'The Green Berets,' and served with the 12th Special Forces Group (reserve), making more than 100 parachute jumps. He retired from his military career as a major.

Dr. Hoyme's greatest love was education. He graduated from the University of Southern California with master's degrees and a doctorate in education. At the time, he was the youngest person ever to achieve this goal at USC. At USC in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he built up his passion for college football and became a Trojan football fan for life.

Dick began teaching at Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, Calif., while at USC. He remained at Redondo Union High School for 37 years, teaching English, history and even drivers education, and later special education. Known as 'Doc Hoyme,' he was always one of the most respected and popular teachers of his time, and influenced countless students.

Dr. Hoyme was a loving father, a devoted husband and friend to all. He will be sadly missed.

Forest Hill Cemetery
Eau Claire
Eau Claire County
Wisconsin, USA

Created by: James Seidelman
Record added: Sep 09, 2007

Added by James Seidelman on Nov 06, 2011 3:03 PM
Kim Bodeau
RE: The Hoyme Plot
You are very welcome Richard. I took close ups of the inscriptions on the tall stone and if you would like them I can either post them on your father's site or email them to you.
Added by Kim Bodeau on Jul 29, 2009 7:55 PM
Sarah Quinn
Hi Richard
Thank you for such a kind message. I am feeling pretty good now and am adjusting to some new meds. I hope you and yours are doing well. Best ever, Sarah.
Added by Sarah Quinn on May 16, 2009 5:02 PM

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