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Harvey Lambright celebrates 60 years at auction

This past Wednesday morning, Harvey Lambright was right where he’s always been on Wednesdays for the past 60 years. Atop a ladder at the Shipshewana Auction.

Lambright was honored Wednesday for his six decades of work at the local auction company with a surprise party and cake before the day’s work of auctioneering began. But he was soon back to work, doing what he clearly loves – auctioneering.

When asked about highlights from the past 60 years, Lambright replied “There’s so many, I don’t know where to start.” He finally singled out the construction of the new auction barn and was amazed at how it’s grown.

“You keep amazing me,” owner Kevin Lambright said.

Other auctioneers at the sale chimed in with how Harvey has been a mentor and influenced them over the years.

Lambright owns Lewis and Lambright Auctioneers and Realtors in LaGrange, which began in 1955 with Winford Lewis and Harvey C. Lambright.

Harvey and his wife, Pat, have three daughters, Debra Lambright, Denise Scott, and Dodie Hart, all of whom are in business with them.

Lambright served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955. He has served as president of the Indiana Auctioneers Association and the National Auctioneers Association. He was inducted into the Indiana Auctioneers Association’s Hall of Fame in 1982 and the National Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame in 1984.

In 1975, he received the Sagamore of the Wabash, one of Indiana’s highest honors.