Fred had known me, Steve, the son of Bish Smith – friend and business partner, all of my life. I have worked for him, fished with him, and golfed with him. He always commented that I had the smoothest back swing, something I learned when I attended Michigan State University. I will always be indebted to Fred. It was his good word that assured that I was admitted to the Veterinary College at MSU and I am quite sure that he was always proud of my accomplishments and I am thankful for his confidence in me. I admired Fred for his world travels and I know that he admired me, having worked for the United States Department of Agriculture and spending many years working in foreign countries. We had many discussions about agriculture in developing countries. Thanks to Cowbell Seeds' and Fred's investment in Plank Road Farm, my formative years were spent on the farm in a supportive and nurturing environment and forever influenced my life. Fred was a good friend to me and my family, I fondly remember him always coming by the house to drop off a mess of blue gills. During my Dad's extended illness at the end of his life, I greatly appreciated Fred checking to see that Dad was comfortable. I give my condolences to his family and extend best wishes to the “Hilbert Boys”.