Kenneth E. Sherbahn, 94, of South Whitley, passed away Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 at the Peabody Home, North Manchester.
He was born Nov. 19, 1916, in Whitley County, a son of Edgar and Nellie (Ward) Sherbahn.
He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1934. He attended Repperts Auction School in 1938 and started his lifelong career in the auction business in 1947.
On Oct. 18, 1941 he married Vera Penrod. They always made their home in the South Whitley area. Mrs. Sherbahn died Dec. 2, 1994. In 1997 he married Marie Trump, an excellent friend and companion.
From 1943 until 1947, Kenny served in the United States Army, serving in England during World War II.
Kenny sold for Producers Marketing Association for 30 years with up to five sales per week at Centerville, Terre Haute, Lafayette, Montpelier and Columbia City.
He managed and conducted several angus sales in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Canada.
Kenny also conducted the National Arabian Horse Sale for four years and had Arabian sales for Wayne Newton and the William Randolph Hearst family.
He conducted the Springville and Worthington feeder calf auctions for 50 years.
He served on the unethical fitting committee for the Chicago International Livestock Show and was elected to the Indiana State Fair Board from 1980 to 1988, serving as president of that board.
He has served as president of the Indiana Auctioneers Association and was inducted in the IAA Hall of Fame.
Kenny was also inducted to the Indiana Livestock Breeders Hall of Fame at Purdue University.
He received the Sagamore of the Wabash awards from governors Otis Bowen and Robert Orr, had been involved with the Indiana Angus Association, American Angus Association and was appointed to serve on the Indiana Auctioneers Commission.
He also served on the board of directors of Whitley County Memorial Hospital, was a member of Eel River Masonic Lodge #510 F. & A.M. and a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church of South Whitley.
Surviving relatives include a son, Craig (Pam) Sherbahn of South Whitley; foster son, John (Jill) Sanders of Warsaw; six grandchildren, Cari (Travis) Juillerat of Larwill, Ted (Christina) Nixon of South Whitley, Heather (Kim) Long of Haddonfield N.J., Christopher (Marienne) Sanders of Westford Mass., Adam (Ericka) Hudson of Bourbon and Erica (Gregory) Neher of Fort Wayne; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Hildreth Wolfe of South Whitley.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley.
The burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with a Masonic service at 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to South Whitley United Methodist Church, Whitley County 4-H Fair Inc. or Indiana State Fair.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com .