Robert B. "Bob" Foy

Age 84, of Holt, passed away, July 22, 2012 in Okemos, Michigan.  He was born June 13, 1928 in Goodland, Indiana to Robert Foy and Mary Elizabeth “Betty” (Foy) Dewey.

Bob graduated from Central Michigan University in 1949 with a Bachelor’s in Medical Technology, and then Michigan State University in 1955 with a Master’s Degree and 1960 he finished his Ph.D. in Biochemistry.  He dedicated his career to medicine, working 1950-1952 as a Medical Technician at Hurley Hospital, Flint; 1953 -1955 at E.W. Sparrow Hospital, and 1955-1960 was Chief Technician, and 1961-1985 was the Clinical Chemist and Technical Director of Labs. He also taught Clinical Chemistry part time at MSU from 1965-1978. He retired in 1985 from E.W. Sparrow Hospital after 35 years of service.

Bob had a lifetime of devotion to Scouting; where he advanced from Tenderfoot to Eagle Scout with three Palms. He continued in all levels of leadership from Assistant Patrol Leader, to Scout Master, and also spent two years at camp, first as a unit leader, then as a lifeguard.

Bob was a member of Holt Christian Church.  He was the president of the Holt School Board for eight years; and also announced for the Holt varsity girls basketball team.  Bob was also an avid stamp collector.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jayne Foy; their children: Kathryn (Chris) Stover, Robert Foy, Jr., Virginia (Tom) Holden, Theresa (Daniel) Valdes, Michele Foy, David (Deborah) Foy, Mary (Eric) Williams, Barbara Harlow, and Thomas (Lee) Foy; 24 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Russell (Janet) Foy; and a sister-in-law, Joan Bement. He was preceded in death by his parents, and stepfather Tom Dewey, and a brother James Foy.

There will be a memorial service held 12:00 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2012 at the Holt Christian Church, 2424 Washington Rd, Lansing, MI 48842.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Bob.  Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.

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Jane (Ankney) Bauer
July 24, 2012 at 11:28 am

I’m so sorry for your loss.

Dan Knechtel
July 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm

He was a great man, you know that by seeing what kind of kids he raised. I am sad to hear the news Dave, but on the positive side he lived a long and full live. I hope you celebrate his life as much as you mourn his death. If I can do anything please don’t hesitate to ask.


Ryan Anderson
July 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm

It takes a great man to raise a great child and his son, Dave, is a great man. Prayers to his family and friends, I’m sure he was a wondeful man.

Jacob McGill
July 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm

It was a pleasure getting to know you. I really liked having you and Coach Foy at both my Eagle Scout project and my Eagle ceremony.

Foy Family, we are very sorry for your loss.

Del & Sally Cory
July 27, 2012 at 9:18 am

Dave and Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I hope it gives you comfort to know that your dad was as nice of a man as there comes. I remember when I first came to Holt and your dad was someone that you could always count on if needed in our athletic department. He was someone that was a joy to see and talk to.

He passed on many of his fine qualities to you Dave, and you have a lot to be proud of. It has been my pleasure to know you and your dad. I am sure you will remember and celebrate a very wonderful man. God bless you and your family.

Jack and Carol Crawford
July 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a wonderful person and one of my very favorite people in Holt. He was always willing to give his time to promote the schools and was an active member of the Holt Booster Club. My sympathies go to Jayne and family.

karl neumann
August 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm

When I arrived at Sparrow in 1958 one of my most important assignments
was to bring the laboratory up to date. Fortunately Bob Foy was already
there and most anxious to do the same. It was always a pleasure to work with Bob who was highly intelligent and motivated while always smiling and pleasant with everyone. Bob’s contributions to Sparrow were numerous and lasting. To Jayne and all of the family, I share your sense of loss. Karl Neumann


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