William Hoyt Colley


William Hoyt Colley, age 85, of La Russell, Missouri, passed away at 10:10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Sarcoxie Nursing Center in Sarcoxie, Missouri.  He was born November 21, 1931, in Lawrence County, Missouri, the son of William James and Leila Ruth (Galloway) Colley.

Hoyt was a 1949 graduate of Mt. Vernon High School and a 1953 graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia, with a degree in agriculture.  He was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean War and was the Executive Director for the Agricultural Stabilization Conservation office in Mt. Vernon.

Hoyt was always giving a hand up to people that needed help, was very involved in community service, and loved to bowl and fish.

On July 5, 1958, he married Rhoda Juanita Boswell in St. Louis, Missouri.  She preceded him in death on December 10, 1972.

He is survived by two daughters, Karla Cryer, of LaRussell, Missouri and Amber Bogle and her husband, Clark, of Greenfield, Missouri; two sons, Alex Colley of Springfield, Missouri and Jeff Colley and his wife, Shawna, of Mt. Vernon; three sisters, Faye Berry of Ozark, Missouri; Glo Bills of Wichita Falls, Texas and Veda Kessinger and her husband, J. C. of Stark City, Missouri; three brothers, Mason Colley of La Russell, Champ Colley and his wife, Betty, of Sarcoxie, Missouri and Dave Colley of Texas; six grandchildren;  four great-grandsons and several  nieces and nephews.

His parents, William and Leila, and wife, Rhoda, preceded him in death.

A graveside service, under the direction of the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at the Colley Cemetery, northwest of Stotts City, Missouri.  Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, May 29, 2017, in the funeral home chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to Colley Cemetery, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at this website.


5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 29, 2017, at the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home

510 E. Cherry St., Mt. Vernon, MO, 65712

  Graveside Service

2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at the

Colley Cemetery, Northwest of Stotts City, Missouri

  Memorial Donations

510 E. Cherry St., Mt. Vernon, MO, 65712

Memorial donations may be made payable to the Colley Cemetery, in care of the funeral home.

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George and Kathy Hadlock

Sorry for your loss. Thinking of your during this time.

 Posted May 31, 2017 - 8:55am
Darrell and Rose Mary Obermann

We are sorry to hear about your loved one passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow. May the God and father of our LORD JESUS CHRIST give you all that peace that passes all understanding now and forever.

 Posted May 29, 2017 - 11:03am
Monty & Denise Robertson

Jeff & Shawna, we are so sorry to hear of your loss and will be keeping you and all of your family in our prayers.

 Posted May 26, 2017 - 6:41pm
Cindi Garringer

Sorry to hear of Hoyt's passing. Hoyt was a regular customer at L & J Printing where I worked until 1998. I always enjoyed talking with him. He was always so friendly and cheerful and we talked often about fishing. My sympathies to his family.

 Posted May 26, 2017 - 6:22pm
David Rose

Sorry to hear about Hoyt he and my dad coached us kids back in the day our prayers are with you all

 Posted May 26, 2017 - 8:50am

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