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Red Shaw, owned Victory Is Coming, dies at 81

October 10, 2020
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John W. “Red” Shaw, age 81, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 7, surrounded by family at the Laurels of Mount Vernon.
 
He was born on April 5, 1939, in Newcomerstown, Ohio, to the late Glenn and Frances (Fenton) Shaw. Mr. Shaw grew up on his family farm near Newcomerstown and was a member of the local 4-H. He worked showing cattle for Rutledge Farms in New Philadelphia before moving to Sunbury, Ohio and working as a cattleman for Producers Livestock in Mount Vernon. It was at Producers Livestock where he became interested in auctions and began auctioning their livestock. Then in 1968, he started John Red Shaw Auctioneer and has operated it for over 52 years.
 
Another hobby turned business for Mr. Shaw was horses and harness racing. In the early 1980s he purchased his first horse, Pennett Hill, and from there it has expanded over the years. Some notable horses he owned were Meadow Dart, Stinging Scooter and the world record holder, Victory Is Coming.
 
Mr. Shaw enjoyed hunting and fishing trips and always liked to tell a good or bad joke to others. He also remembered his 4-H days and continued to donate his time and efforts to always help any chapter.
He is survived by his wife Betty (Gadd) Shaw; daughter Brenda (Kelsey) Leisure; son Tim (Paula) Shaw; stepson Andy Bennett; three grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.
 
Friends may call on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service will be held on Monday beginning at 11 a.m.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to any local 4-H.
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