As a little boy, growing up on a dairy farm, Leroy always enjoyed practicing auctioneering. He spent a lot of time practicing in the silo, while throwing silage down or in the milk house while washing milkers. His mother always told him he should be an auctioneer as she thought he talked too much and asked too many questions. Leroy and his brother Willis always talked about going to auction school, and when old enough, they did. Leroy attended Reppert Auction school in 1993. Their first auction was their Dad’s farm auction. They also helped a local auctioneer sell antiques when they first got started. They found there was more to the auction business than standing on a ladder and calling bids on sale day.
Leroy and Willis still work together on their larger auctions, since Willis moved to Indiana a few years back. Leroy continues the business with his family and enjoys working with other auctioneers. Leroy lives in Clare, Michigan with his wife, Lydia Ann, and their 5 children. His hobbies include coyote and rabbit hunting with his dogs. He also enjoys going to other people’s auctions. He’s had many interesting experiences in the auction industry and enjoys working with the people. Leroy is the 1996 Michigan State Auctioneers Association Bid Calling Champion and now the MSAA’s first Pennsylvania Dutch Bid Calling Champion, held in Shipshewana, Indiana at the Midwest Auctioneers Roundup.