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LuVerne Hoyt, age 83 of McHenry, ND, passed away on Friday, October 29, 2021, peacefully surrounded by his family in his home after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

LuVerne was born August 28, 1938, in McVille, ND, he was the oldest son of John and Avanelle Hoyt.  He grew up in rural Forde Township, Nelson County and attended country school there until 8th grade.  LuVerne worked for a local farmer and in 1956 enlisted in the US Army being honorable discharged in 1958 and was in the reserves until 1962.  LuVerne married Darlene Harding on November 17, 1960 in Our Saviors Lutheran Church, McHenry, ND.  They were blessed with three children, Vonnie in 1961, Darin and Leon in 1973.

LuVerne worked for his uncle Lyle in construction for a few years before forming Hoyt Construction in 1978.  LuVerne also did custom butchering for many local farmers for well over 50 years.  LuVerne served on the McHenry Fire Department for 21 years and a City Council Member for many years.  He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He was a generous friend to all.  He could make a friend where ever he went.  LuVerne had a passion for pinochle, knowing every card played.  If you were his partner you better pay attention!  He also loved to bowl, play pool and enjoyed watching the Twins games.  Grampy loved spending time with his grandkids, ranching, ball games and annual sausage making.  LuVerne will forever be remembered by all.

LuVerne is survived by his wife of almost 61 years, Darlene; children Vonnie (Jim) Johnsrud, Darin (Kathy) Hoyt and Leon Hoyt; grandchildren Blaine (Jennifer) Hovland, Christopher (Rebecca) Hovland; Levi, Brody and Kade Hoyt; Wyatt and Laine Hoyt; great grandchildren Beau, Casey and Anna Hovland; Luke, Liam and Lawson Hovland; a sister Artha “Skeeter” (Harlan) Sigdahl; brother DeLane “Mugs” (Peggy) Hoyt and sister-in-law Judy Hoyt.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Milton “Smokey” and Hartley, sister-in-law Carol Hoyt and grandson Dustin Hovland.


His Visitation will be one hour prior to the Funeral Service on Monday, November 1, 2021, at 10:30AM at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, McHenry, ND.

LuVerne’s Burial will be at Bethlehem Cemetery, McHenry, ND.

Posted Condolences:


  1. My heart goes out to you all!! I remember Luverne as always being a kind and gentle soul. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him! Prayers for peace and strength in the coming days. Cherish his memories and he will be with you always!💔

  2. God’s blessings to each of you during this sad time. He was a good neighbor to lend a hand anytime. LuVerne was a pillar in his community and he will greatly missed.

  3. My condolences to family never really new him but sure he was a good man.

  4. My sincere sympathy to you Darlene, Vonnie and Jim. LuVerne sounded like an incredible husband and father from all the stories I have heard. May god provide you comfort through the coming days and weeks.

  5. I am so sorry to hear of Luvernes’ passing. I didn’t know he was sick. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. I’m so sorry of Laverne’s passing, I will never forget how much fun my Dad (Marvin) had bowling and playing pinochle with LaVerne. He was such an awesome man and friend to all. When my son and I went to pick our pork he butchered for my family, he greeted me with a HUGE smile and warm hug. I will keep you and your family in my prayers and thoughts. (Candice (Johnson) Keller)

  7. So sorry to hear LuVerne passed. I remember how much our dad enjoyed playing pinochle with him and looked forward to every game and visit they had. Prayers to all of you

  8. So sorry to hear of Verne passing! He and dad had such a great time cutting meat together. Dad had so many fun stories! He was was always the first to help and loved to visit. He always knew you wherever he saw you! Sending all of you hugs and our sympathy. God Bless!

  9. Our deepest sympathy to all the families. LuVern was the kindest person eve4. Always a helping hand with a big smile. A true friend to everyone who was Blessed to know him. RIP friend.


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