5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, September 22, 2023 at
Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home.
Celebration of Life at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral
Funeral home: Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral
John Nealy Hoyt Jr., 71, of
Lincoln, passed away September 12, 2023 at Barnes
Cancer Center, St. Louis.
Cremation rites have been accorded by Holland Barry
& Bennett Funeral Home.
A memorial visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 6
p.m. on Friday, September 22, 2023 at Holland Barry
& Bennett Funeral Home. A celebration of life
service will follow at 6 p.m..
John passed away peacefully with family at his side.
He lost the battle against cancer but won the
victory in Jesus! Praise the Lord!
John was born July 7, 1952, in Lincoln, IL., the son
of John Nealy Hoyt Sr. and Glodean (Taylor) Hoyt,
missionaries to Zimbabwe, Africa since 1967. His
parents preceded him in death in 1998 and 2010
respectively. He was a preacher's kid from birth. He
lived in Illinois, Florida, and Kentucky, moving
with his parents as they served the Lord Jesus
Christ in various ministries in the USA. In 1967, at
age 15, John and the family of 5 (a younger sister
and brother had been added) moved to Africa. The
family would enjoy a remarkable life there for
several decades. The mission work was associated
with Christian Churches/Church of Christ. John chose
to settle in Africa, making that his home, returning
to the USA to finish his education at Lincoln Bible
College until 1982.
In Zimbabwe he worked as a gun smith and was a
hearing aid/audiologist, computer programmer, and
part time teacher to the teens.
John met and married Maria Palermo in 1983. They had
three children, all born in Africa. He had many
wonderful years there raising his family in a unique
In 2000, John moved his family to
Lincoln. He was the pastor of Rutland Christian
Church since 2001. John continued with several
mission trips until 2010. His greatest passion in
life was being a minister and a servant of his Lord
and Savior, Jesus.
John owner Guns Galore in Lincoln
and enjoyed serving his community and making new
acquaintances. He spent his free time building model
airplanes and customizing Star Trek and Star Wars
spaceships. He was a loyal "Trekkie", was a wiz at
computers, and played guitar and loved to sing.
The love of his life was Maria, his loving,
supportive, wife of 40 years. He was a devoted
grandpa and enjoyed "playing with them". He always
had time to lend a helping hand or assist with a
need or project. He will be sorely missed by his
family and friends. Our loss is Heaven's gain and he
longed to make Heaven his home.
John is survived by: his wife Maria; three children:
Ryan (Amanda) Hoyt, Nathan Hoyt, and Glodonna
(Frank) Trimby; a sister, Deborah Owens and a
brother Timothy (Lynne) Hoyt; grandchildren: Isaiah,
and Elayna; Airiana and Ryker, Gabriella and
Presley; uncle to Shilynne and Taylor.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the
family in care of Maria Hoyt to help with expenses.
Thank you and God Bless You.
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