In Memoriam: Ralph H. ‘Whitey’ Shively, 81, auctioneer

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<p>Auctioneer Ralph H. “Whitey” Shively, 81, of Mount Summit, Ind., died June 7 following a brief illness.</p>
<p>He was born on Sept. 22, 1927 to Mary Chambers and James Blaine Shively, the 10th of 12 children. Raised on the family farm, known as Sleepy Hollow, on Indiana Route 36, he became an auctioneer at the age of 13. He conducted many farm, estate and household auctions locally and worked more than 60 years as an auctioneer for the Kesler-Schaefer Auto Auction in Indianapolis.</p>
<p>Movie fans will remember him for his role as Doc Buggins in the 1986 film <em>Hoosiers</em>, which was filmed in central Indiana.</p>
<p>A veteran of the Korean War, he married Phyllis June Sidwell on Feb. 22, 1953. After 51 years of marriage, she preceded him in death on Jan. 14, 2004.</p>
<p>The National Auto Auction Association awarded him the Bernie Hart Memorial Trophy in 2003 and the Indiana Auctioneers Association presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to him in 2007.  </p>
<p>Shively was a past president of both the Blue River Valley School Board and Henry County Memorial Park Board. He was a life-long member of the Mount Summit Christian Church.</p>
<p>Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Don and Laura Shively of Angola, Ind.; daughter Debby Shively and son-in-law Rick Parks of Los Angeles; sister Mary Lou (husband Cloyd) Dye of New Castle, Ind.; brother Dick (wife Mary Alice) Shively and brother Chet (wife Marilyn) Shively, all of southern Indiana.</p>
<p>Friends may call at the Hinsey-Brown Funeral Home in New Castle from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10. Services will be Thursday, June 11, at 5:30 p.m. at the Mount Summit Christian Church, graveside services to follow at the Mount Summit Cemetery.</p>