Hello! I'm Lonnie Sewell. I've been in the auctioneer business since 1978. My wife, Earlene, and I own a family farm in Mooresvile, Missouri, where we have raised two sons, Quinn and Shawn. Ann Buswell is our Secretary/Agent in our office and at our consignment auctions.

In 1998, I was elected president of the Missouri Professional Auctioneers Association (MPAA). I had previously served as a board member, vice president, and president-elect of the association. The MPAA is Missouri's only auctioneer association and has over 300 members. The primary goal of the organization is to educate its members on new techniques of marketing their sellers' merchandise.

Sewell Auction Service specializes in conducting large farm machinery and real estate auctions and have been selling auctions in north central Missouri, as well as Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, for 20 years. We actively participate in and support the Chillicothe community and surrounding areas, often donating time and services for worthwhile causes and fundraising events, such as the Chamber banquet and auction event held January 20, 2005, pictured at right (Lonnie is second from left on the stage), the Central Missouri Whitetails Unlimited banquet and auctions, the Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpl. Todd Zacher benefit, and many more.

Our company, Sewell Agency, is a member of the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce. Here are some other highlights of my career...

  • Lonnie Sewell, 1998-99 Missouri Professional Auctioneers President
  • Lonnie Sewell, 1990-91 North Central Board of Realtors President
  • Member in good standing of the following organizations:
    MPAA: Missouri Professional Auctioneers Association
    CAI: Certified Auctioneers Institute award
    AARE: Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate
    AMI: Auctioneers Marketing Institute
    CAGA: Certified Appraisers Guild of America
    NAA: National Auctioneers Association.

 A familiar site at the Sewell Auction Service auctions is our portable auctioneering stand. Our loudspeaker system makes it easy for everyone to hear the latest bids and see me while I'm auctioneering.

In 1997, we purchased the former Rafter "C" Arena located seven miles west of Chillicothe, Missouri, on Highway 36. This is the location where we host our consignment auctions. With a large indoor arena and concession stand, we offer a great venue for your auction item sales! Michelle Sewell and Lisa Anderson now run our kitchen at the Rafter "C" - The Chuckwagon - so you'll have an opportunity to eat and rest a spell throughout the day.

If you are planning on hosting an auction, please contact us. If you are interested in receiving email updates to let you know when upcoming auctions are being held, please sign up on our web site. We will be sure to let you know what's happening at Sewell Auction Service!

25th Anniversary Auction Held Monday, March 3, 2003

A good time was enjoyed by all at our 25th anniversary auction held at the Rafter "C." It was a BIG SUCCESS with the weather cooperating, numerous consignors, and hundreds of buyers in attendance!

We couldn't have done it without our wonderful crew:

  • Lonnie & Earlene Sewell
  • Bill Brinser Auctioneer
  • Dale De LaPorte Auctioneer
  • Scott Roy Auctioneer 
  • Neil Peery Auctioneer
  • Lanny Hendrixson Main Clerk
  • Cathie Hamilton Clerk/Office
  • Paul Klote General Coordinator & Official Photographer
  • Ted Bealer Driver
  • Sonny Roberts Loader Operator
  • Larry Sewell Equipment Operator
  • Chris Rupple General Helper
  • Ida Brotherton Cashier
  • Brian Thompson Computer Operator
  • Ethel Bell-Herring Food Service
  • Dorothy Knott Food Service
  • Bethany Montgomery Cashier/Food
  • LuAnna Klote Cashier/Food
  • David Montgomery Helper

Lonnie and Scott ask for one more bid on a corn planter

LuAnna collects money through the food line...

On a cold day, the most important people are the food servers with hot coffee (and free chili as long as it lasted). Thanks to Ethel, Dorothy & Bethany. LuAnna kept the food queue in order and collected the money before visitors could get away. She made good coffee as well!

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