Bert Warren Richmond
Local Auctioneer Bert Warren Richmond 99, a familiar face to thousands in Marshall County passed away Friday, November 27, 2020 in Cameron Nursing & Rehab. Bert was born February 16, 1921 at Silver Hill, W.V. Wetzel County son of the late Clarence and Edna Miller Richmond moved with his family to Bowman's Ridge when he was 2 years old. The family had a 245 acre farm, and thus Richmond always had cattle as a youngster and exhibited cattle at an early age at the Marshall County Fair and at the State Fair. In 1931 he was a exhibitor at the last West Virginia State Fair held on Wheeling Island. Bert raised cattle till he was in his 90's. Richmond graduated from Reppert School of Auctioneering in Decatur, Indiania 1944. He worked ay numerous livestock auctions over the years including ones at Moundsville, Ellenboro, Weston, Spencer, Union, Miner Wells, and Parkersburg in West Virginia; Lisbon, Marietta, Muskingham, Scio, Damascus, and Woodsfield in Ohio and at Hickory Market in Pennsylvania. In 1971 he purchased the Ohio County Livestock Auction, where he also worked part time as an auctioneer. Retired from Muskingham Zanesville Stock Yards. Bert and Alice were in auctioneering together for 35 years having been awarded numerous awards. In 2010 Richmond was honored by the West Virginia Dept. of Agriculture and W.V. Professional Auctineer's Association for his 65 years of service signed by W.V. Joe Manchin and Agriculture Commissioner Gus R. Douglas.
Richmond was one of those that was instrumental in the 1940's in acquiring the property for the Marshall County Fair. He was a past president of the fair board and a long time member of the board. In 2004 when the Marshall County Fair Book was dedicated in his honor he was referred to as ''Mr. Fair" His involvement with cattle has resulted in some individuals having given the nickname "The Bull Shipper". During those years he worked extensively in the livestock auctions, and also conducted farm, house, estate, antique, horse and miscellaneous sales he often ran as many as eight sales a week but still found time to donate his services to the Marshall County Fair and numerous 4-H and FFA events. In 2007, the Cameron FFA chapter presented him with plaque and recognition of his 30 years of service he was made an honorary member of the Cameron FFA for all of his dedication and service to its han, bacon, and egg auction program. Preceded in death by his wife Alice McCullough Richmond, infant daughter and grandson and great granddaughter Amanda Schwing, daughter-in-law Caroline Richmond, three sisters, Doris Richmond, Ruth Phillips, Plural Bierman, brother, John. Survived by his children Darlene (Ray) Braun of Glen Dale, Kenneth Richmond, of Cameron, two step children, Charles Brand of Maryland, and Philippa (Ken) Shores of Wheeling 7 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and three
step grandchildren, two sisters, Marietta Vucelick of Moundsville, and Dorothy Yoders of Florida; numerous nieces and nephews and special friend Larry and Judy Stevie who checked on him everyday. Family has ask that mask be worn as they receive friends on Wednesday December 1, 2020 fro 3-6 p.m. with memorial service beginning at 6 with Pastor Wesley Howsare officiating. Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services 1109 2nd St Moundsville, W.V.