In Memoriam: Lloyd C. Hahn
Lloyd C. Hahn of Evansville, Indiana, died Sunday, July 2, 2006. He was born February 3, 1919, to a Union Township farming family.
Lloyd was a pioneer in chemical farming, being the first person to use 2, 4-D to kill weeds in corn. He applied the chemical with a tractor-mounted sprayer made of old pipe and a washing machine motor. In 1948, his brother, Kenneth Jack Hahn, joined him and formed Hahn Spray Service, which became Hahn Inc. and led to the development of the Hahn Hi-Boy high clearance field sprayer. Lloyd served as president for 30 years and chairman for 17 years. Lloyd’s wife, Helen Stocker, served as Corporate Secretary of Hahn Inc. They were married for 62 years before her death June 7, 2003.
Lloyd’s activities and honors over his 87 years included the following: Member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ; 4-H leader for 16 years; past president of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute; past member of the Young Presidents Organization; past president of the National Holly Society of America and the Indiana Chapter; past president, Midwest Chapter, of the American Rhododendron Society and the District Director of the American Rhododendron Society; recipient of the ARS Bronze Medal Award; the Wolf/Fenton award in the Holly Society; the Joseph McDaniel award in the Holly Chapter; and a Kentucky Colonel.