Cartoonist Bill Hoest, whose award-winning comic strip "The Lockhorns," has had Leroy and Loretta Lockhorn quarreling for two decades on the nation's funny pages, died Monday in New York of lymphoma at age 62.

Hoest also produced the comic strips "What A Guy!" and "Agatha Crumm" for King Features Syndicate, the panel "Bumper Snickers" for The Enquirer and "Howard Huge" for Parade magazine."The Lockhorns," carried by more than 500 newspapers worldwide, was named best syndicated panel of 1976 and 1980 by the National Cartoonists Society Award.

This year, Hoest was elected president of the society, the world's largest organization of professional cartoonists. In 1979, Hoest became cartoon editor ofParade. Hoest worked three years at Norcross Greeting Card Co. and in 1951 became a free-lance artist.