WEST WINFIELD — Leonard L. Hoyer of West Winfield passed away on April 23, 2001, at his home with his loving family by his side.
Born May 30, 1924, in Yorkville, the son of Frank and Naomi (Butts) Hoyer, he graduated from Morris Central School. Following a semester at Syracuse University, he was drafted into the Army, transferred to the Air Force for pilot training and served as a replacement in 1481st Engineer Maintenance Co. overseas in Okinawa.
He graduated from Hartwick College in 1950.
He began his teaching career in mathematics at Harpursville Central School, also coaching baseball, football, basketball and community baseball for ages 9-12. Summers he taught a course he developed, pre-tech mathematics, at Broome County Community College.
On June 21, 1952, he married Zelpha Card of Morris.
Mr. Hoyer began teaching mathematics in 1954, at West Winfield Central School, also coaching baseball. When consolidation of West Winfield, Bridgewater and Leonardsville occurred, he was interim principal. Instituting the middle school concept with team teaching, he remained the Mount Markham Middle School principal until his 1981 retirement.
For 30 years, Mr. Hoyer taught night mathematics courses at MVCC. He thoroughly enjoyed working with many area students whom benefited from his volunteer tutoring preparation for Regents.
He was a member of the New York State Principal's Association, American Legion Post 1376 of New Hartford, Loyal Order of Moose #1010, Butternuts Lodge F&AM of Gilbertsville, West Winfield V.F.W. His Tuesday card playing group with Maurice, Luke, Bernie and chauffeur Howard Coy gave him pleasure.
A member of Cedar Lake, he played in men's leagues and immensely enjoyed the golfing events with his wife and son, Jim. Leonard loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, bird and deer watching. He also raised geese, pheasant, ducks and chickens. He loved gardening in the raspberries and wintertime bowling.
A fierce competitor in all his sports, he played to win but when the game was over, he would shake hands and be your friend.
Mr. Hoyer is survived by his wife and best friend, Zelpha (Zee); and children, whom he always put first: daughter, Amy, and her husband, Peter H. Pavlot, and beloved grandson, Justin "The Kid" Pavlot, a name that Poppy gave and lovingly called him; and son, James W. Hoyer of Sauquoit; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Roger and Lillian Card of Melbourne, Fla.; and a niece, Judy DiToma of Nanuet.
The family extends their thanks to Dr. Patrick Dwyer for his continuous support to Len and to Barbara Knapp and Mary Ellen Kachnis for their loving care these past three years.
His funeral will be Thursday, April 26, 2001, at 2 p.m. from the Federated Church, West Winfield. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until funeral time.
In lieu of flowers, please consider the Leonard L. Hoyer Memorial Fund to benefit a deserving Mount Markham senior each year at graduation, send to Fleet Bank, West Winfield Branch, Main Street, West Winfield.
Dad, Thank you for all the unselfishness that you have shown us all these years. For your guidance, support and direction you have given us in life. You will always be the wind beneath our wings.
Arrangements are in care of Wilcox-Dimbleby Funeral Home, West Winfield.
Published in The Daily Star on April 25, 2001.