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Lumber yard up for auction

Previous owner died after battle with cancer; family decided to sell business

Posted: October 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

After 30 years in business, Newhall Lumber will go up for auction Monday due to a family decision to liquidate the business after the owner, William “Bill” Kellerman, died in September.

Kellerman, a longtime resident of the Santa Clarita Valley, died Sept. 3 after a battle with cancer at age 69, just 22 days shy of his 70th birthday.

Kellerman was born in Sylmar and served in the United States Air Force from 1968 to 1971.

He later went on to work as a mechanic at a mining company in Nevada.

His father, William Kellerman, Sr., worked his entire life in the lumber business, so he decided to start a lumber yard with his father in the 1970s.

Starting off as a 2,000-square-foot business, Newhall Lumber grew to become a steady local entity and Bill Kellerman became a well-liked man in the community.

“A lot of people liked him,” said his brother, Patrick Kellerman. “He was a good guy, a reserved and honest man.”

That sentiment was echoed by Castaic resident Geoff Drake in a letter sent to The Signal.

“His business model is a fading framework of what this country was founded on: a handshake, a smile and integrity,” Drake wrote.

The decision to liquidate Newhall Lumber was made because his parents’ living trust stated that Newhall Lumber be liquidated, once Kellerman died, and the profits be distributed amongst his siblings.

Bill Kellerman was not married and had no children.

Patrick Kellerman said he was proud Newhall Lumber was in business as long as it was.

“It survived the big boxes,” Patrick Kellerman said, referring to commercial businesses like Home Depot and Lowe’s.

As far as dissolving the business, his family believes it is the right choice.

“We have to change with the times,” Patrick Kellerman said. “If someone decides to tear it down, I’m fine with that.
“I think it will be a successful auction.”

Both the lumber yard and the building will be auctioned off Monday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at 24625 Railroad Ave. in Newhall. For more information, call 310-541-4442.

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