As a teenager, his parents moved with him to Dallas where they owned and operated the Ranch Drive-In on McKinney Ave. He graduated from North Dallas High School in 1949 and attended North Texas State College, Arlington State and SMU. He was in the army from 1952 to 1954 and served in Korea. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, UN Service Medal and ROK President Unit Citation.
With a bigger than life personality, Jim excelled in sales, first working for John H. Graham, then J. C. Bernard, then starting his own manufacturer’s rep firm, Regency Sales, almost 50 years ago, and where he was still working his own territory in March of this year when he became ill. He was a mentor for Scott Van Hoy, Emmett Fox, Brandon Martin and Danette Van Hoy to take over his business, Regency Sales.
He was an honorary lifetime member of the Texas Hardware Boosters Club, a member of the NRA, member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Association, secretary-treasurer of the Wheatland Plaza Condo Association, a stockholder at the Bank of Desoto, and a member of Lloyd Williams Sunday School Class at Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Work was his hobby. When not selling, he was piddling, repairing things around the house and keeping his cars clean. In his earlier years, he enjoyed the lake and boating and his deer lease in Bronte, Texas. He and Danette travelled 36 states on his Gold Wing motorcycle and he absolutely loved the mountains where he continued to piddle, visit friends, watch the deer, bear and elk, and prospect for gold. A portion of his ashes will be spread over their home in Red River, New Mexico.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Margaret Van Hoy, the mother of his children, Linda Spain Van Hoy, his beloved son-in-law, Donnie Dycus and daughter-in-law, Donna Van Hoy.
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 27 years, Danette Van Hoy, his son Scott Van Hoy and his wife Cindy of Red Oak, TX, his daughter, Dana Dycus, of Grandview, TX, step-daughters, that he loved as his own, Lisa Fox and her husband, Emmett, of Ovilla, TX and Kelli Haneline of Garland, TX. Grandkids include Chris Van Hoy of Dallas and Tracey Van Hoy of Benton, LA, Jonathan Van Hoy and wife, Lauren of Arlington, TX, Denise O’Bar and husband, Johnathan (Bubba) of Grandview, TX, Derrick Dycus and wife, Amber, of Grandview, TX, Madison Fox Porter and husband, John, of Washington D.C., and Chandler Fox of Ovilla, TX. He was blessed with 9 great-grandchildren: Brock, Witt and Emerson Van Hoy of Benton, LA, Payton, Kinsley and Lucas Van Hoy of Arlington, TX, Donnie and Reagan Dycus of Grandview, TX and Brody James O’Bar of Grandview, TX. He leaves behind many friends and extended family that he loved dearly. Our wish is that this big, witty man with a big heart, rest in peace.
Inurnment will follow at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, TX