Lindsay Hill, 1979-2011

Lindsay Hill 1979-2011

Lindsay Nicole Hill 1979-2011

Ten years ago this month I walked into 1515 West Lane Avenue and caught a glimpse of the woman who would change my life forever.

It was a bright May afternoon and I was at the end of my freshman year at The Ohio State University. Looking for an internship, a friend had hooked me up with an interview at the late Ed Johnson’s Agri Broadcast Network (ABN). Ed and Paul Harvey were my radio heroes, so the chance to work at Ed’s legendary network was catnip for a farm kid from Southern Ohio.

She had this skirt, a green and blue tartan she’d pair with a cute sweater, and I’ll never forget the first time I saw her… I didn’t know her name, but I knew I wanted to learn it as soon as possible. I should have been thinking about my interview, but all I could think about was those long legs…

I was smitten to say the least.

Tasked with taking a rank amateur whose only experience in radio was listening a few hours a week and turning him into a functioning studio professional, she spent three or four mornings with me each week after I started at ABN. Mornings, by the way, started at 5 a.m., and for most of us, involved rolling out of bed and throwing on some wrinkled sweats and stumbling to the office.

Not for her… I didn’t realize it at the time, but she was the only woman in the company who came to the studio at 5 a.m. in heels and full makeup. Meanwhile, I had ferreted out her favorite coffee (Tim Horton’s) and bagel, and made it a habit to arrive with both in hand each morning we were scheduled together. She didn’t realize I didn’t do that for every girl assigned to training me.

After a few weeks, and with a little goosing from broadcaster Dale Minyo, I bullied her into going out with me. Our first date was a casual affair: I ate WAY too much food at Joe’s Crab Shack, we ran into my best friend Jesse Buxton in the parking lot, and then we headed over to Club Dance (The Big Easy or Screamin’ Willie’s depending on the year) to watch other people line dance.

And then we sat in the car and talked until 4:30 in the morning.

It’s a wonder there was ever a second date.

Our first date was June 22nd, 2001. I told her I loved her on September 15th. I asked her to be my wife on November 26th, 2002. We were married on December 4th, 2004. We started a radio network on October 3rd, 2005. We bought ABN, the company where our romance began, on February 26th, 2007.

Ed Johnson

Legendary Farm Broadcaster, and Lindsay's mentor, Ed Johnson

I’ve struggled most of the day with what to say about Lindsay. Others will write the details of her tragic death. Some will write what all should know: that she is the greatest professional in our business today. Her talent and skill with a microphone and on camera are peerless. She learned from the best, and I know in my heart that she and EJ shared a heartwarming reunion this morning.

What I want you to know is deeper than what others can write.

Lindsay was a sucker for Professional Bull Riding and country music. She loved George Strait, rarely missed an Ohio State basketball game, and would never admit that she was actually 6 feet tall.

Tucker & Dino

Tucker the Fabulous Farm Dog, and Dino (he's the black one...)

She loved her Labradors, especially our special child Dino, and was the picture of grace under pressure when he sliced his leg open crashing through the glass door to attack Rizzy, Lindsay’s feline companion. I, meanwhile, came apart at the seams because I thought our pup was going to bleed out on the back porch.

When confronted with being apart the summer I worked at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum, she was so upset that she promptly replaced me… with said kitten. We drove around Columbus, literally circumnavigating the entire outer belt scouring pet shelters and stores. Wracked with tears over not finding the perfect cat after visiting at least 19 shops and shelters, she threw in the towel. I, however, insisted we visit the last place on the list… The first cat we saw was the one.

We used to say that I drew the pictures and she colored them in. I like to think I’m a “big thinker,” but she was the brains of the operation. When it came to any of the things in our life or business that required any sort of attention to detail, Lindsay was the go-to, without question. She juggled more balls and balanced more spinning plates than any three women should have to at any one time, and she did it astonishingly well.

It’s hard to say which she loved more: chocolate or coffee.

She wanted nothing more than to be like EJ when she grew up. When we took over the network, the highest compliment she received was from those close friends who could tell her Ed would be proud.

Her laugh was infectious, and her smile was dazzling. She had the most beautiful big brown eyes, and she always made fun of me because I couldn’t seem to get the hang of wearing contact lenses.

When we first started dating, we had a running joke that I was “Mr. Invisible Man” because she didn’t want people at work to know we were dating… you know, in case it didn’t work out. I remember meeting her Mom and Dad for the first time… The Ohio State Fair, in the hog barn, day of the junior market hog show. I’m introduced, and assuming they’ve heard of me, am immediately nervous about meeting “the parents.”

Little did I know that they hadn’t heard of me… She had neglected to mention we’d been dating all summer. We  had a big laugh over that one.

I’ll never forget our trip to Kelley’s Island that September, and taking our “Abercrombie Model” pictures at the Glacial Grooves. We were pretty hot.

Andy & Lindsay

Andy & Lindsay at "The BARN"

People used to ask us how we could possibly work together. We scratched our heads because we couldn’t possibly understand what it would be like not to work together. Spending 23 hours a day with one another seemed perfectly normal.

It wasn’t, of course. Over the years of our marriage, work got in the way. In the beginning, our identities were so wrapped up in one another. And then, they were so wrapped up in work. And then, we weren’t sure of our identities at all.

It is true that Lindsay and I spent the last year of our marriage separated. It wasn’t necessarily public knowledge, but eventually things went “FBO” (“Facebook Official”), and people knew. I moved back to Columbus, and eventually left the radio network. People wondered why I left radio, but it was a fairly simple reason… It broke my heart to be that near the light every day, and still be in the dark.

I joked more than once over the past six months that we were speaking more now than we had in the past year and a half. We had almost become again what we once were: friends. When I heard the news this morning, I felt like I was losing my wife all over again. I came to realize something, though. She was never mine to lose. Lindsay was – and is – bigger than that.

She was bigger than the kind and loving things so many in our profession and industry will write today and over the next several days. She was bigger than any given radio station or broadcast. She was bigger than all the dates and trivia I’ve written in the preceding 1,261 words.

Lindsay Hill taught me how to broadcast. She taught me how to live. She taught me how to love.

For nearly ten years she was my best friend and constant companion. I loved her then, and I love her now. She is loved by countless friends and colleagues literally across the country, gauging by the flood and flurry of messages, emails, texts, calls and status updates written or sent in the past six hours.

Lindsay was the best in the business at interviewing little kids at county fairs. Earlier this month she called out the Secretary of Agriculture for interrupting her at the podium. She pulled it off while making the crowd laugh, and without making the Secretary lose face in front of the media. She could do that like no one else.

Her wit was sharp and she was always one step quicker than me in a debate. She was a brilliant mind, and a skilled orator. I had years of FFA public speaking under my belt; she had none. And yet, I was always in awe of her on stage because she was truly gifted. I could never quite pull off a speech or tell a joke the way she did.

We were always competitive, even though we always played for the same team. She always wanted to be the best, and sometimes we felt like we were the only competition worth worrying about.

She shopped at New York & Company because they had pants long enough for her… She would let me pick out outfits for her to try on, and occasionally actually buy one of them to boost my ego.

The "ABN Family Photo" at the 2009 NAFB Convention

The "ABN Family Photo" at the 2009 NAFB Convention

With the utmost grace and professional poise, she led one of the most fractious years in the history of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting. With some of our friends and colleagues taking pot shots at her over trivial nonsense, she managed to stay above the fray. NAFB is better for having had her leadership, and infinitely worse without it now.

She loved farm broadcasting with the passion of the burning sun. Friends like Tom Brand, Don Wick, Mike Adams and a dozen more were her constant inspiration and the recipient of her ongoing admiration. They likely never knew how much they meant to her… but her NAFB family was one of the greatest sources of joy in her life, and the grief she received from some in the past six months was the cause of her greatest pain.

Did I mention her love of Buckeye basketball? Perennially perched half court with her Dad, Lowell (Lindsay was always Daddy’s Little Girl, although he may not realize just how much she adored him), she was convinced Coach Matta is completely clueless. Her series of blog posts “Whats The Matta?” inspired many a hilarious exchange with fellow hoops fan Colonel Johnny Regula.

Radio was her home for nearly ten years, but television was her calling. Watch the live broadcasts we hosted from the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions the past four years, and you can see it… Getting tapped to be Agribusiness Director for AgDay and U.S. Farm Report was… unbelievable. And now, unbelievably tragic because she was where she truly belonged such a short time.

From the days of logging tape for EJ’s AgriCountry, Lindsay wanted nothing more than to follow in his footsteps and be on camera telling the story of agriculture. Hosting Ohio Farm Bureau’s Ohio Farm & Country was one of the highlights of our career together. She loved the show, and wanted nothing more than to see it grow.

I’ll always remember when she called to tell me she was going to South Bend to interview for the job at AgDay. Even though we hadn’t been “together” for almost a year, and even though we hadn’t worked together in months, we knew each other better than anyone else, and still called to talk shop and bounce ideas off one another.

She was like a kid at Christmas. I was never happier for anyone than the day she got the job. She deserved it richly, and deserved so much more.

Life has a way of giving you more than you deserve sometimes, and taking away the things you want the most. For me, Lindsay was both. I never deserved the time we had together, nor did I ever want to lose her, then or now.

I’ll never have the opportunity in this life to thank her for building my career, or for a decade of love, fun, friendship and family. She was taken too soon… For what, or why, we may never know.

Lindsay Nicole Hill, 1979-2011

We'll miss you, Lindsay...

I can’t help but take comfort in Jeremiah 29:11… “For I know the plans I have for you,” saith the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

In those words I find comfort and strength. I have no choice. I’m all cried out at the moment.

Lindsay Nicole Hill, born October 25th, 1979 was taken from so many May 19th, 2011. May she rest in the comfort of God’s loving arms, and may he grant each of us a comfort beyond understanding.

We love you Lindsay. Watch over us. We still need you.

Update: The Hill Family requests that those wishing to make contributions in Lindsay’s memory do so to The Lindsay Hill Memorial Fund (482151) at The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43221.

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101 Responses to “Lindsay Hill, 1979-2011”

  1. I am so sorry to read this Andy, you have my deepest sympathies. John

  2. Andy, it’s Meghan’s mom… and she said I would cry and she of course is correct. Many times in life it’s the struggles that make us closer and all the more painful when it’s lost. God’s love and blessings to you and Lindsay’s family; having briefly met both of you, and hearing the stories from Meghan I know this is a great loss for all. My sympathies… Jan

  3. Andy- I am sorry for your loss- and “our” loss as a farm broadcast fraternity- even tho you have been away- once you are bit by the bug- you’re family.
    Thanks for your glimpse into the Lindsay we did not see in a public setting- but knew it was there because of what we could see.
    Your references back to Ed Johnson brings back great memories – I considred him a friend and encourager as well- we tried to talk one another into running for NAFB office- but he was more persuasive and he nominated me- I cried when I heard of his passing and I cried this morning when I got the call of Lindsay heading out to join Ed- I bet it was a pretty cool homecoming.

    Know we are there for you as you process things in the days ahead- God Bless.

  4. Kayla Alexander Reply May 19, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    What a beautiful article Andy. I will never forget the first interview I did with Lindsay, I had a sinus infection/larengitis,I had just been named Ohio Beef Queen and she messed up my last name and we laughed til we almost cried. She made me feel totally comfortable despite my lack of voice. She was amazing and I’m sure she and EJ are broadcasting to the farmers of the clouds. Our prayers to you and the Hill family.

  5. Andy…this is one of the best pieces I’ve ever read…may those words from Jeremiah continue to bring all of us comfort as we all remember and reflect on the life of a wonderful woman with a heart of gold and a soul of goodness…God bless you abundantly..

  6. Beautifully written, Andy. My condolences to you. Such a terrible loss.

  7. Dusty Sonnenberg Reply May 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Well said Andy.

  8. Andy, I am at a complete loss for words right now and am thinking of you in this time of loss. Please, let me know if there is anything at all I can do. I know it won’t change anything, but the offer is there. With love, Meredith

  9. Beautifully written- Please accept my deepest sympathy. I have no words to express my sorrow for you.

  10. Thanks for putting it down on paper and into words. Tom and I are with you even though we are in Illinois our hearts are with you. Lots of love and hugs to you and everyone else suffering.

    p.s. I shop at NY & Co for the EXACT same reason! You and my husband have a lot in common when it comes to shopping with tall girls. :)

  11. Andy,
    I just want to let you know that I am so sorry for loss. I was so touched by your words. You really had a true love for Lindsay. She will truly be missed!

  12. Jeremy Povenmire Reply May 19, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    That is a very touching piece. I always thought you two were the future of Farm Broadcasting, being true young advocates for agriculture.

    I can’t imagine the pain you are feeling. I selfishly imagine myself in the same position and I can’t think how I would deal with it. It all seems so tragic.

    It was good to have known Lindsay. And good to know you too.

  13. Andy,

    You captured Lindsay’s light so well! Nobody could do it better. You made me chuckle at points and made tears well up in my eyes yet again today. We are all better for knowing Lindsay.

    My heart goes out to you, Lindsay’s family and the rest who are missing that light she brought us,

    Janice

  14. What a loss. Praying for all who are shedding tears because she left us all too soon.

  15. Stephanie Knight Reply May 19, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Thank you Andy, thank you so very much.

  16. Andy, your words are heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time. I am so terribly sorry for your loss and for her family’s loss. She was a wonderfully sweet girl that will be missed. May you be comforted.

  17. Andy – Truly a beautiful tribute!!

  18. An absolute beautiful tribute. Thank you for capturing it all for us to read. Sympathies, prayers and thoughts are with Lindsay’s family and you during this time.

  19. Andy,

    You & the Hill family are in my thoughts and prayers. Anyone that had the pleasure to know Lindsay can consider themselves very blessed & fortunate!! She was a beautiful woman, both inside and out and touched so many hearts wherever she was.

    Your article is beautiful and could not have been said any better. God Bless you.

    Wendy

  20. Andy, so beautifully written for such a beautiful person who touched so many. I’ve known you both since the very beginning and I wish you strength Andy to get through this. We are all hurting today and I speak for Vic as well, we have you in our hearts and prayers as well as Lindsay’s dear family. My sincere condolences – Sherri

  21. Andy -
    My heart goes out to you. I am so sorry for your loss. The piece you wrote about Lindsay was so touching and not only brought a tear to my eye, but a smile to my face as I read it.

    Praying for you,

    Laura (Green) Leininger

  22. What a well written memorial. Thank you for having the strength to let people, who did not know her, know her. I hope that your faith helps you through this difficult time.

  23. Andy,
    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady! You brought tears and smiles. As you know, you and Lindsay were always two of our favorite people. We will keep you and your families in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love and Blessings,
    Fred and Rita

  24. My heart aches for your loss. She was and is a truly amazing person. I was blessed to have served with her on Emmaus. Praying for you and her family.

  25. What a touching story Andy. This is truly a tragedy that the Agriculture industry will take years to overcome. May prayers and healing comfort be with you, her family and all the people she touched in the world.

  26. What a wonderful tribute to Lindsay.You can see the love and admiration you had for her. We never know sometimes what life has for us or why we grow apart but it is evident that the love was still there. God does comfort us in these times and your faith will get her family and loved ones through this tragic time. When EJ came to our farm it was like the President of the US had come. Lindsay like EJ was so loved and admired.EJ was waiting with open arms I’m sure (with a mic in hand)May God Bless and please know ours prayers are surely with you. Cowboy & Kathy Jackson Brown

  27. Terry & Sandy Reed Reply May 20, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Didn’t know her.But I read what you said and it seems it was are loss.So sorry and sending prayers your way.Just know we care. Terry & Sandy Reed

  28. What a nice tribute, Andy. Condolences and prayers for all affected by this tragic loss.

  29. Ephesians 6:10 “Be strong in the Lord and the power of His Might.”

    Andy, the measure of Love equals the ache in the absence. I yet can’t grasp the fact that she has passed on. Nor, can I fathom the flood of emotion you and her family must endure.

    I only know that this isn’t an end. She is safe and at peace in the arms of her Creator. The source of that hope is our peace.

    That same love is there for all of us now. He alone is our peace and our strength. He is the “lifter of our head”.

    I can see His arm around her in heaven and another at our side to comfort and guide.

    Blessings to you and all.
    jeff

  30. Lindsay & I graduted togeher fom Riverside High School in 1998. She was a beautiful person inside & out and loved by so many. So sad to see her go & my heart aches for all her friends & family. I truely enjoyed reading your message Andy & my thoughts & prayers are with you!
    RIP

  31. Andy,
    What a wonderful, wonderful tribute. Words are failing me now, but you’ve said it best.

    Susan

  32. A beautiful tribute from a broken heart. Very well done. HUGS to you Andy. So very sorry for your loss.

  33. Christy Eckstein Reply May 20, 2011 at 8:19 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and Lindsay’s family at this difficult time. Lindsay was a true professional and such a joy to work with. She will truly be missed!

  34. Very sorry for your loss, both personally and professionally..I hope she watches over you and guides you, especially during this difficult time.

  35. Andy, May God keep you and your family close to his heart at this time. What you said about Lindsay was beautiful. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  36. Well said Andy. We will all miss Lindsay, but we know that she is in a peaceful place with her mentor…

  37. Andy, this was a beautiful piece. I’m still shocked by this, and I wish you and Lindsay’s family all the best during this difficult time.

    Lindsay was a phenomenal person, and it was such a pleasure working for the two of you. I’ve never met a person so passionate about agriculture and so dedicated to her craft. I’ll never forget the great times I spent with the two of you during those early morning radio reports. You’ve both had a profound impact on me and I will forever be grateful.

    Adam

  38. Andy, Thanks for sharing such a personal view of Lindsay’s life and love of farm broadcasting. I am so sorry for your loss and know that all of the agriculture community will miss Lindsay.

  39. I didn’t know Lindsay, I heard about her death when listening to the radio this morning..Dale Minow.

    Andy, that such a beautiful tribute. I know Lindsay now….Thanks to you.

    God bless you in your time of sorrow.

  40. The teacher that she was gave you the strength to write such a tribute. In the newspapers, they are called obituaries. In your heart, it was your personal tribute to life well lived, a life that earned respect, and an apparent faith that is now being proven.

  41. A beautiful tribute to a wonderful person. Many of us who ran the ABN broadcasts from the time Ed began the network remember Lindsay when she began working with Ed and loved listening to her on the air. She will be missed by many.

  42. Absolutely beautiful, Andy. You are in my thoughts and prayers, my friend.

  43. Andy–thank you for this writing. I met Lindsay for the first time about a month ago when she interviewed me for one of our AgDay reports. I was so looking forward to getting to know her better. Through you and this piece, I understand a little better of what I only suspected. She was very special.

  44. Andy – words cannot express, but you’ve done a wonderful job of doing so.

  45. I have heard of Lindsay over the past years but I personally didn’t have the honor of meeting her. After reading your tribute I feel I do know her know. Thank you for letting those that never met her know her.God bless you through this difficult time.
    Regards,
    Tim Fent

  46. Pat & Susie Whittington Reply May 20, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Thanks for writing a wonderful tribute. The Ohio State University and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences community has lost one of its most outstanding graduates.

    Lindsay often spoke with prospective students considering continuing their education at OSU and in Ag Communications field and she will be missed.

    Susie & my thoughts & prayers are with you and her family!

  47. Andy I knew Lindsay for a short period of time. Different paths took me away from the places I would run across her. I just wanted to say that she had something special. She sparkled. You are not the only one that noticed as I am sure you know! My prayers are with you and both your families. God made her special and I am sure it was hard to let her go for long, so I am sure he wanted her home. Hugs to everyone in this time of our sadness. I know there is a homecoming party above with laughter and love.

  48. Andy,
    Such a beautiful article sharing a side of Lindsay that many did not know. She will be greatly missed by many in the ag industry and missed even more by those who were close friends with her. My thoughts and prayers are with you as well as all of her family and friends. Take comfort that she is up there in Heaven celebrating life with Jesus and having a ball catching up with Ed and watching over each of us.

  49. Candace Pollock Reply May 20, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Hi Andy,

    I was so saddened when I read the news. So, so, sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you, family and friends. Wonderful tribute to Lindsay. We will all miss her deeply.

  50. VERY moving, and a beautiful tribute to Lindsey.

    Praying for you all.

  51. Doug & Tammy Hauke Reply May 20, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Andy,
    When I read your post, I remember hearing you speak in high school and thought you would do great things. Sounds like Lindsay was one of those. May your heart heal from your pain by the grace of God’s Love. And know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Doug & Tammy Hauke

  52. Andy – What a wonderful tribute. I did not know Lindsay, nor do I really know you but we stood on the same stage in Seattle last year for AFBF’s Excellence in Ag award. What an intimidating team you guys were! I have found comfort myself somehow in knowing that tragedies like this are not something we ever get over. But, we get through them. My heart goes out to you and to those who knew and loved Lindsay, and to those who had not yet had a chance to meet her too.

  53. Andy, Such a beautiful story with such tragic endings. Wishing you the best through this difficult time. Peace to all… O-H

  54. Your testamonial to Lindsay’s life is beautiful and your love for her shines through. She knows how much you love her, she knows…

  55. Prayers for you, Andy. What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful lady. Lindsay was a class act and an outstanding broadcaster. She will be missed by all in the world of agricultural communications.

  56. Oh, Andy – I have no words. Thinking of you and sending you my love. CB

  57. Dear Andy,
    My heart breaks for you and it is hard to write this through my tears. I never got to meet Lindsay, but I know that you loved her deeply and mourned her loss even before her death. Your words were so heartfelt and beautiful and let those of us who had not had the honor of meeting Lindsay know her a little. No words can ease your pain, but know that she is with the Lord and that He will see you through this. It won’t be easy and there will be days when you think you just can’t go on, but you have no choice.

    It seems that our greatest joys and most terrible heartbreaks in life are not of our chosing. They just seem to happen. Please remember that there are those of us here for you and who love you no matter what. Let me know if there is anything you need or that I can do for you. You always have a place in my heart! My heartfelt sympathy
    also goes out to Lindsay’s parents.

  58. Andy, My deepest sympathies to you – I wanted you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you. I so enjoyed my visit with Lindsay at NAFB this year. What a wonderful tribute you wrote to her.

  59. Beautifully written Andy. Still can’t believe this has happened. Derek and I have you all in our thoughts and prayers. Lindsay was a wonderful person with a great spirit. Even though we didn’t spend a lot of time with the two of you our time in Seattle together was great and a perfect memory to have. She will be greatly missed. Derek and Roshelle Rowe

  60. So very sad, well said Andy. Thoughts and prayers to you and her family.

  61. Andy…touching words for truly wonderful, gifted person. Words cannot begin to express my sympathy for you and Lindsay’s family. May your fond memories and her warm smile always be in your heart and comfort you in such a difficult time.

  62. Andy, Beautiful tribute. She was wonderful to work with at our field days and programs where we had you folks do live broadcasts or tape interviews with our expert speakers.

  63. Uncle Steve and Aunt Ginger Reply May 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Andy – A great tribute to Lindsay and summary of your past years together. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts stopped when your dad called and gave us the news. Draw nearer to the Lord and he will drawer nearer to you and comfort you during this time. Your future is in his hands.

  64. Andy and the other members of the Hill family,

    Reading your words about Lindsay is so very heartbreaking, my heart goes out to you all in this time of loss. Working with you and Lindsay through ABN and Ohio Farm Bureau brings happy memories. May your memories bring your comfort in this very difficult time.

  65. What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful lady!

    I do not believe that I ever seen Lindsey without a smile! She always seemed to love life. Lindsey was involved in so many things AG, her loss will be tremendous. Our family’s heart goes out to you and to Lindsey’s family. We must keep a smile, as Lindsey would have wanted us to do!

    Roger, Holly, and Adam High

  66. Andy

    Your website is one of few that I read daily as I have that morning cup of coffee. It was a surprise and shock to read of Lindsay’s passing through your heart-felt tribute with glowing memories of and with Lindsay. I was pleased that I could see and appreiciate her on the U.S. Farm Report for the past few Sunday mornings.
    God bless you, the Hill and the Vance families.

  67. Andy,

    My deepest sympathy on your family’s loss. I was in absolute shock when I picked up the paper this morning. I can still hear both of your laughing (especially Linday!) out in the hallway we shared during ABN’s time at OSU. My prayers to you and all of your families. Hold on to your memories.

  68. Hey, yea U take care now…

  69. What a wonderful tribute. God only takes the best. May you find peace in happy memories.

  70. Sharon & Bill Halter Reply May 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Andy – our hearts break with yours and recount the joys she brought to all. Thank you for sharing your heart. We are lifting you and the family to our Father.

  71. Writings from the heart are some of the most beautiful – what a beautiful tribute and reflection about Lindsay and your love, friendship and time together. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

  72. Ken and Christa Davis Reply May 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Andy, what a touching tribute! Our prayers are with you.
    Ken and Christa

  73. Andy, I am so sorry for your loss, very nice tribute. You are in my prayers.

  74. Bruce & Abbie Beam Reply May 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Andy,
    You have written a beautiful tribute that not only shows your love and respect for Lindsay’s professionalism, but also the love and respect that you had for her as a person. Thank you for sharing your memories with us. Our heart goes out to you during this difficult time. Please keep her memories alive and know that she would want you to be happy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  75. Betty Wingerter Reply May 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Andy – What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman. You’re right–she is hanging with EJ now and they are having a time like no other. You are in my prayers.
    God be with you.

  76. Andy – you and the rest of Lindsay’s family are in my prayers and I hope you will find solace in the coming difficult days.

    I didn’t know her well but I was repeatedly impressed by Lindsay’s poise and talent – particularly at the 2011 Commodity Classic where she just “nailed” a rundown of morning market activity and then went on to provide a flawless introduction of Washington dignitaries. Bold and talented she was. How sad it is that she was taken away during the sunrise of her life and her career. Thank you for sharing such beautiful memories of Lindsay with the rest of the agriculture community

    peace,
    Kathy Mathers
    The Fertilizer Institute

  77. A beautiful tribute, Andy. I am so sorry for your and everyone’s tragic loss. You and Lindsay’s family are in my thought and prayers. May God be with you.

  78. Jeannine Rostorfer Reply May 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Andy: Thank you so much for sharing your love of Lindsay with all of us. She was such a beautiful person. Always a big smile and hug whenever we saw her. It was our honor to know her. She will be so missed. Heaven is a richer place to have her.

  79. Amy Schuhart-Dull Reply May 20, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Andy,
    Just wonderfully written! So saddened by the news. I was the 2000 Ohio Pork Queen. I also looked up to EJ. I had made EJ a part of parting speech at the end of my reign. I believe he passed the week after Pork Congress ’01. He had left a Thank You note sitting on his desk and it was still there after his passing. After weeks had passed, Lindsay wrote a letter to me and enclosed the letter Ed had written to me! It meant the world to me…and no lie, it is STILL hanging on my wall in a frame WITH the letter she wrote me too! She knew how much it would mean to me to have it….that’s the type of person she was! My thoughts are with all!

  80. Andy:
    You have a marvelous way with words and you did a tremendous job sharing some in-sight of Lindsay’s life. Hold true to your faith in God and he will guide you through this trying time. You and the Hill family are in my prayers.

  81. Both you and Lindsay’s family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We greatly value the opportunities we have had as a family to sit and talk with Lindsay during the Ohio State Fair and Sale of Champions over the years. Some of our greatest memories have taken place there, so we are very honored she was a part of so many of those times. Her memory and laughter will live on each time we play back the sale videos and reflect on those moments shared with her on stage.

    As a fellow ag communicator, Lindsay will continue to be an inspiration to stand up for what we believe in and the responsibility we all share in telling Ohio agriculture’s story each and every day as she did.

    Thinking of you,
    The Banbury Family

  82. Andy,
    Some guy once said “It is better to have loved, and lost—Than never to have loved.” :)
    I am sooo happy that you have had this kind love in your life. It is nice to hear all that you observed and appreciated in her.
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers during the tough days ahead.

  83. Mike Ames Family Reply May 21, 2011 at 7:24 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. God will guide you through this pain and comfort you. Words can not express how our hearts ache for you. Know that those here in Highland County are praying for you.

  84. Dwight Damschroder Reply May 21, 2011 at 8:52 am

    MY friend, My heart aches for you and all Lindsey’s loved ones. Although I didn’t know Lindsey that well, I do know and could easily see her impact on you and others. As you alluded, she like each of us are God’s and frmo God. Our time here is just what we are passing through until we again go home to be with God. Christ prayed for each of us until we return to our heavenly home. We do not know when our turn to return home is and so we must do our best until then. Lindsey did just that and like the rain and then the sun coming out makes the flowers bloom so has Lindsey brought flowers into our lives, we should keep spreading them on to all who did not get the opportunity to know her.
    I can imagine her smiling down each time we do. Peace be with you my friend!

  85. Keith & Aubrianna Schroeder Reply May 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Hi Andy,

    Very very well written my father & mother George & Marciel Schroeder members of the Putnam County Farm Bureau with my father being on the board and past president. Dad spoke and ran into You & Lindsay on a lot of Farm Bureau meetings. Its was a great pleasure listening to You & Her in the mornings. Of course like many farm older farm children I grew up knowing Ed Johnson on the radio before he went on tv. You are in my wife Aubrianna’s & I thoughts & prayers with my parents Marciel & George’s in this time with GOD. Keith

  86. Lindsay –a definite spark! Riverside High School, DeGraff, felt her influence in the classroom and extra curricular activities. Lindsay enjoyed school to its fullest and this spilled over into community ventures as well. Not only was Lindsay the local SADD Chapter president, but on the State level as well. Lindsay’s influence
    and contribution to Ohio’s Students Against Destructive Decisions organization is beyond description. She was superb!! Special thanks to Lindsay’s parents (Donna and Lowell) for encouraging Lindsay to become involved in school, church, and community. Lindsay made an impact and a difference in the lives of many throughout the community. Personally enjoyed her smile, her laughter, and Lindsay’s friendship. Susie Smithers, Rollicking Hills, DeGraff, retired school facilitator (teacher).

  87. As an active high schooler at Riverside, DeGraff, Lindsay left no grass unturned. Her enthusiasm encouraged others to participate in the educational portion of high school, class plays, and extra-curricular events.
    Lindsay was president of Riverside’s Student Against Destructive Decisions and the Ohio Chapter’s as well. Her pleasant demeanor and infectious laugh was endearing to all who knew her; as well as, those just meeting Lindsay. Her leadership was inclusive and this trait gave her the ability to fashion ideas into workable projects. Lindsay was an active vital, participant in the Riverside School System and related events. This poured out into the community and to her church as well. Lindsay was willing to tackle almost any project set before her and to include others in the process. (hey, even the high ropes challenges) How could you not participate what with Lindsay’s gentle nudge and winning smile. I felt it quite a privilege to really know Lindsay and appreciated Donna’s and Lowell’s willingness to share her with school and community events. Many lives have been touched by this lovely and fantastic young person. Thank you for being my friend, Lindsay Hill. Love, Susie

  88. Kathy (Cox) Pepple Reply May 22, 2011 at 8:43 am

    What a beautiful tribute! My thoughts and prayers are with you and and with Lindsey’s family & friends. She was a tremendous person who made a difference in the lives of so many who knew and worked with her… Those of us in Ohio 4-H, and the State 4-H Ambassadors the two of you have assisted and guided over the years, share in your loss. Deepest sympathy. Thinking of you…

  89. Andy, Thanks for your great tribute to Lindsay. I got to know you and Lindsay when I drove the AC’s in your Buckeye Tractor Cruises. Sure will miss her smiling face. Keep up your great work

  90. Andy, was so sorry to hear of Lindsey’s death. the tribute was so beautiful and I enjoyed reading what a special person she was in your life. She will always have a special place in your heart. I am praying for you and her family at this time of pain and grief.

    You have a special place in our hearts as well as in God’s. Keep your faith through all of the days ahead.

    Aunt Rita

  91. Eilene Kale, Kale Marketing, Inc Reply May 23, 2011 at 1:01 am

    A beautiful tribute. Andy ,you and Lindsey have a special place in our lives with the Sale of Champions at the Ohio State Fair.
    She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Hill Family.

  92. Andy –

    My prayers are with you. What a beautiful tribute to Lindsay. I fondly remember our work together on the 4-H Center. May God’s peace be with you.

    Bill McCleery

  93. A wonderfully written piece about a very special person. My condolences to you and Lindsey’s family.

  94. What a nice tribute Andy. Thanks and it brought back many memories. You both have a special place in my heart. Lindsey was (and will continue to be) a great supporter of the college and we have lost an outstanding alumni member. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Lindsey’s family. Take care.

  95. Andy, I had to search to find the letter, I am preparing to go to the viewing today. Opening the paper to see the headline of her accident was heartbreaking. Both of you always had time to talk to neighbors and catch up. I now know why we didn’t see you at the Ohio Beef Expo.
    My prayers are with you as well as the Hill family at this time of such great loss. She was such a joy to know, even from a distance.

  96. i was watching the U.S. Farm Report and saw a tribute to her. i didn’t know her and had no clue that a local person was doing so well in the ag. communications industry. being a dairy and grain farmer, my heart sank on this tragic news, as it did when ed johnson passed. seeing her facebook page, several of her many friends i know as well. my heart goes out to you, her family, and friends. a sad loss to the ag. industry and a wonderful human being…

  97. Andy, your comments are much appeciated. She had a great impact on all of us.

  98. What a touching tribute Andy. Thank you so much for sharing this story. Lindsay was an absolute inspiration to me, but I know she will be watching over the ag media community – keeping us safe, strong and out-spoken for many years to come. My thoughts and prayers are with you, her family and friends during this time of tragic loss.

  99. Andy,
    This is absolutely a TOUCHING article. I was getting ready for work and heard of this tragic news. My sympathies to you and her family. I work in the agriculture field so do watch AgDay and US Farm Report.
    There is one more angel in heaven watching over everyone.

  100. Andy,

    I worked with Lindsey at the ABN about the time you two got together. I have sinced moved out of state and only recently found out about the tragic news. She was truly a wonderful person who set a very high goal and accomplished it. My deepest sympathies are extended to you. May God strengthen you in the coming days.

  101. Andy,I only knew the both of you at WOSU because you both worked down the hall from me. Lindsay had a great smile and she always said hello to me with that big smile of hers. It felt good knowing I wasn’t the only one here at night and she was working down the hall from me. I always said hello to her when she was here. I talked to her her last day here and I remember how sad she was as she was clearing out her office. I told her that she had accomplished great things here and I would miss her being around. I can’t imagine how sad you feel right now after sharing your life with her for the last ten years. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I only knew her a short time, but when I learned of her death I cried and felt like I’d lost a long time friend. She just touched me in a way that I can’t explain and I’m glad that I got to know her while she was here. She accomplished more and touched more lives in her 31 years than a lot of people do in a lifetime. She will be deeply missed always. Again, I am sorry for your loss and I’m glad I got to read your tribute to her. Sincerely yours, Greg S. Coulson