Fred "Colonel" Reppert
Fred Reppert Dies of Heart Attack
Death last Saturday stilled one of the most famous and one of the best known and appreciated voices of the livestock industry.
Fred C. Reppert, 66, widely known livestock auctioneer, died of a heart attack in his home at Decatur, Ind., Saturday night, the 8th of June. Funeral services for Col. Reppert, as he was known throughout the West, were held in Decatur Tuesday.
He entered the field of auctioneering at the age of 17, under the guidance of his father. He gradually expanded his fame until his great voice and auctioneering ability were in demand, not only in the United States, but in Canada and Mexico as well.
He was especially well known in the West, where he loved to work. He was a feature of the National Western Stock Show and cried many purebred auctions, large and small, in the Rocky Mountain region.
Colonel Reppert founded the Reppert School of Auctioneering more than 25 years ago. Many of today's top auctioneers graduated from that school, which graduated a class of 144, largest in its history, at its 25th anniversary celebration last December.
He is survived by a son and a daughter. - (Record Stockman).