John W. “Red” Shaw

April 05, 1939 ‒ October 07, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

John W. “Red” Shaw, age 81, of Mount Vernon passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 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.  Red grew up on his family farm near Newcomerstown, Ohio and was a member of the local 4H.  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 where Red grew his fondness for auctions and began auctioning their livestock.  Then in 1968, he started John Red Shaw Auctioneer and has operated it for over 52 years.  Red loved his work and the people he met over that time.

Another hobby turned business for Red was horses and harness racing.  In the early 1980’s he purchased his first horse, Pennett Hill and from there it has expanded over the years.  Some notable horses for Red include, Meadow Dart, Stinging Scooter and the world record holder, Victory Is Coming.

Red enjoyed his hunting and fishing trips and always liked to tell a good or bad joke to others.  He also remembers the days of his 4H and continued to donate his time and efforts to always help any chapter of 4H.  He will be missed by his family and many friends.

He is survived by his wife Betty (Gadd) Shaw; his daughter Brenda (Kelsey) Leisure; his son Tim (Paula) Shaw; his step-son Andy Bennett; three grandchildren, Krista (Brett) Maze, Travis (Casey) Leisure, Jackie Shaw; and his great granddaughter Brylee Maze.

In addition to his parents, Red was preceded in death by his infant son Jeffrey Allen Shaw; and his brother Kenneth Shaw.

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.  Pastor Ben McKinstry will be officiating.  Burial will follow in North Fork Cemetery near Waterford.

Memorial contributions in Red’s name may be made to any local 4H.

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  • To the Family of Red Shaw so sorry for your loss You are in my thoughts and prayers God Bless Karen Mortimer

  • Very sorry to hear! Heard red call out bids many times
    As a kid at cattle auctions ! He truly loved what he did !
    Rest easy !

  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss Brenda. You have been such a loving and caring daughter any father would be lucky to have been cared by. I hope all the memories you have made with your dad will carry you through your rough days to come. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers 🙏🙏 all our love and sympathy to you and your family 😥
    Tona, Tommy, Kate, Raelyn, Tyler,
    And Sarah.

  • So sorry to hear of Brenda s father and Travis’ grandfathers death. My prayers with you and the family. Betty Twining Taylor!!

  • Prayers and condolences to Betty and the family. Red was a great man and went to many auctions.

  • So sorry for your loss! Red was well known and well liked by all. Your in our thoughts and prayers! Deepest Sympathy to the Family!

  • Thinking of you Betty at this sad time. Red was a special man and will be missed dearly. RIP Red!

  • Red was one of a kind. So generous & caring. Prayers to all the families,
    Diana 🙏💕

  • To the Shaw Family- Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. John & Connie Moore

  • To the Family of Red Shaw so sorry for your loss You are in my thoughts and prayers God Bless Tim & Pam Kirk. Kirks Lunch stand

  • To The Shaw Family – You have my deepest sympathies over the passing of Red. He was such a nice man. Loved going to auctions and hearing him. He will be deeply missed by so many. Your in my prayers🙏🏻

  • Betty… Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I remember Red was the auctioneer when I was in third grade and sold my grand champion steer at the morrow co fair!! Rest in piece RED ❤️

  • Betty and Family
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. The community has lost one of a kind,
    Red will be missed.

  • So sorry for your loss Brenda! I know he will be missed by all! Keep you and your family in my prayers.

  • Betty snd family. So sorry for your loss. Prayers are Sympathy 🙏 Had the great pleasure of grooming a few of the Standardbreds they owned. RIP Red. Many great memories!

  • Betty and family, so sorry to learn of your loss. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with you and family now and in the days ahead. Fred and Sally Johnson

  • Betty and Family – You are in our thoughts and prayers. He will be missed by many. Dick and Dolly Kershner

  • To the Family of Red,
    My deepest sympathy to all. Red was our friend for many years. May God give you peace and comfort in the coming days,

  • To the family of John ” Red ” Shaw,
    I first met “Red” at the Ohio State Fair in 1960. He became a close friend and
    Over the years he sold over 20 purebred cattle sales for us at Morrison Stock Farm.
    In the words of a Country song :
    Go rest high upon the mountain.
    Son, your work on earth is done.
    Go rest high upon the mountain,
    be with the Father and the Son.

    Good-bye old friend.

  • So sorry for your loss! We knew Red from the auctions. Always ready with a story or joke. World lost a great man.

  • Very sorry to hear about Red ,my heart goes out to you Betty. Sorry I’ll miss the calling hours and funeral .I’m out of town. But my prayers are with you all. God needed a good auctioneer.

  • Betty and family,
    Red was truly one of a kind. I have much respect for him. May God bring you peace during this difficult time.

  • What an influence “Red” has had on our life. In 1980 he so graciously agreed to let Dwain be his apprentice in the auction business. Thus launching Dwain’s becoming an Auctioneer. We first knew of “Red” thru being in the Polled Hereford cattle business. He was the main Auctioneer when it comes to selling cattle at public auction. He was always in demand due to his special personality and being a top professional. He always greeted people with a loud smiling voice and a joke. He has spent many hours donating his time and talent to support youth. Our paths have crossed many times and we are so thankful to have known him and being a friend . We will miss him and our special thoughts and wishes are with Betty and the “Red” Shaw Family.

  • Prayers for Red’s family. He was one of the best auctioneers I have met. He will be missed.

  • We are so sorry to hear of Buds passing. This must be a very hard time for you all. Bud was always the highlight of any family gathering with the stories and jokes. He was larger than life to me. He has fought the good fight and will be remembered fondly. Hoping you will find comfort in the remembrances of the many lives he touched. Roger and Patti (Fenton) Irvin

  • Betty and family,

    We are sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead. 

  • To The Shaw Family,
    I showed cattle at the Morrow Counry Fair and I can Lay’s rember Red being the auctioneer k. He would say, ” Everybody here is Lori Davis and she has raised a fine looking Feeder help this girl out!: I would start crying and told him THANM YOU and he would smile at me. Those are the memories I have of him.
    Thank you Red for everything you have done for the kids of Morrow Counry.

  • Many fond memories of Red and Betty at county fairs over the years.
    Heart, Hugs and prayers.

  • Dear Betty & Family, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Red. Our family got acquainted with Red when he worked for PLA and he brought a lot of our cattle. We remained friends ever since. Memories of many good laughs and fun with him. He was a special friend to the Redick’s. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Betty and family,
    Red was one of a kind and certainly left a positive mark on whatever he was doing. He will be missed but has left many great memories. God Bless.

  • Betty, What a great guy to trade stories with ! An honor to have shared a few thoughts and years with both of you. Red was respected and loved by all and left us with great memories and a legacy of hard work and a big caring heart. Thanks

  • Dear Betty & family of the great Red Shaw,
    Tom & I are so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle & brother. Also, to his harness horsemen family.
    He was one of a kind, kind, giving & well known for the great guy he was.
    Will miss his auctioneers game & friendly personality.

  • Betty, our deepest condolences go out to you and your family. All of the fun and joy we had racing horses for you both over the years. Red will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Please let Bobby or I know if you ever need anything.
    Love you,
    Robert, Nicole, Eric,& Adam Marsh

  • To the Shaw Family and the Gadd Family, We are sending you our deepest sympathy for your loss. Red was an icon in this community and was so well liked. So sorry for the Gadd family losing another member so close to Shelton’s death. May you all be comforted to know that Red will not be forgotten. The admiration for him extended beyond this area. Hoping that your fond memories and knowing that you have friends who care, will help you through these sad times. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Tim and Shaw family,
    I remember you as a youngster with your mom and dad at Sunbury. Your dad was always outgoing and friendly. We are sending sympathy for your loss.

  • To the Red Shaw Family,

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Red was the epitome of what every Auctioneer should be. I wish I had a chance to work with him but learned a lot by what he did. The auctioneer community lost a great one.

    John Sperry

  • Many years of Red’s precious time was very much appreciated at the Fredericktown Tomato Show Plate auction. He and Dean would always have to tell a joke to each other anytime they would be at an auction. Our prayers go out to the family.

  • I’m very sorry to hear of Red’s passing. He was manager of our Dream Farms back in the 60’s. He taught us much about raising our herd of Hereford cattle. His humor was infectious. I’m sure his family will miss him greatly. My condolences on behalf of the Red Jones family to yours.

  • Red will certainly be missed. He introduced me to his style of auctioneering in 1998. First time I was to an auction in Ohio. We became friends over the years and there will be a large hole left behind with his passing. Life is better having known him. God bless Betty and the family in these times.

    John and Mary Beutel

  • Betty Bell and family:
    So sorry for your loss. Red will be missed by so many. I know there are no words that can take away the sense of loss and grief that you are experiencing. Hold onto all the memories of such a wonderful man. I will keep the Shaw and Gadd families in my thoughts and prayers.

  • So very sorry for loss. Prayers for peace and comfort for the family. In looking for auctions to attend, would look for ones run by Red. He was a remarkable man and will be missed.
    Ellen Staats

  • So sorry to hear of Red’s passing , my thoughts & prayers are with you all ! He will be missed by many !

  • Betty..Prayers for the family that Red loved. He will be missed by many friends and his family.

  • I can’t remember when I first attended a Red Shaw auction, but it was around 1990. As auctioneers go, Red was a very personable man and he had a “chant” which would wake you up if you weren’t paying attention. He will be missed, and I hope his wife Betty and his other family members and auction staff will find peace in knowing he is in the arms of the resurrected Jesus Christ. So long Red!

  • Betty and Andy,
    So sorry about your loss. Red was so popular and well liked by all. I never heard a negative comment about him. He was a good man! We’re lucky to have known him.