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Family, friends remember KGNZ radio founder Jack Hill

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ABILENE, Texas - The sounds of a popular Christian radio station is a little quieter Monday.

Jack Hill, the founder of 88.1, KGNZ passed away over the weekend after a long battle with cancer.

"You can't help but walk through this building and see reminders of him," said Gary Hill, Jack's son. "My dad loved preaching, loved sharing the word of God."

Since 1981, KGNZ has been broadcasting as Abilene's only locally owned and operated Christian radio station.

"My dad said it was going to be a listener supported Christian radio station," said Hill. "A guy told him good luck, I'll give you three weeks to make it and God has just been so faithful."

Thirty-five years later, Jack's legacy and Christian message lives on.

"When I went to give him a call, I'm going to ask him what he thinks about this, he had so much wisdom, and he had such an incredible loveā€¦just an unconditional love."

Gary remembers one of his last memories with his father, just last week.

"I was sitting next to his bed and he could barely talk and he turned over and I was just praying for him and everything and he loved Dairy Queen and said "I want a Dairy Queen vanilla malt and I said what? I mean we hadn't heard from him in days," said Hill.

"I'm glad for the hope we have," said Hill. "He doesn't have to be in a body that's hurting with cancer, it's a wicked disease. He is free of that and he's in the presence of the Lord."

A viewing for Jack Hill will be Monday evening from 7 p.m. -9 p.m. at Girdner Funeral Home in Abilene. Funeral services will be Wednesday at Fountaingate Fellowship Church.

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