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Former National Hog Farmer editor Fleming passes away

Article-Former National Hog Farmer editor Fleming passes away

Bill Fleming
Former National Hog Farmer Editor Bill Fleming, 1929-2020
Bill Fleming served as editor 1980-93.

William Dean "Bill" Fleming of Eagan, Minn., former National Hog Farmer editor, passed away May 13 at the age of 91.

Fleming became the third editor of National Hog Farmer, taking the helm in 1980 and staying until 1993. He was inducted in the Livestock Publications Council Hall of Fame in 1995. According to the LPC website, Fleming "graduated from Iowa State University in 1950 and first worked as farm director of an Iowa radio station. He spent 28 years with BEEF magazine and then as editor of National Hog Farmer. He is noted for his photography, writing and innovations he brought to livestock journalism."

He was born March 14, 1929, in Albert City, Iowa to William Earl and Esther (nee Swanson) Fleming.

He is survived by his daughters, Lisa Fleming and Karen Gray; grandchildren Evan and Kayla Gray; sister, Kathy (late Henry) Ehlen; and sister-in-law, Carol Fleming. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Joan E. (nee Breitbarth) Fleming, and brother, Donald.

Bill will be placed at final rest with his beloved wife, Joan, in Acacia Park Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a future date. Klecatsky and Sons Funeral Home, Eagan Chapel, is handling the arrangements.                            

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