By Gene Hall
We will have a funeral for Bill Hoover today. It’s hard for anyone to define “the best person I’ve ever known,” but let’s just say that Bill was near the top of the short list. He was my boss for 13 years and trained me in agricultural communications.
Bill was one of what we call the “Greatest Generation” and he lived for 88 years. Agriculture has had a large share of the members of that generation that accomplished so much. Now, sadly and inevitably, they are passing on.
He was like so many farm boys, raised during the Great Depression in Mount Calm, Texas with his seven brothers. Many of that generation who went off to defeat evil in World War II came back to the farm. In Bill’s case, he wanted to be a reporter and attended one of the world’s finest schools of journalism at the University of Missouri.