The members of the Missouri legislature will take time Tuesday, January 19 to honor country music legend and Missouri native Leroy Van Dyke. The Missouri House of Representatives will hold a brief ceremony on the House floor as state Reps. Nathan Beard and Steve Cookson present Van Dyke with an official House Resolution honoring him for his 60 years in the music business. Van Dyke is also scheduled to be honored on the floor of the Missouri Senate that same day.

Van Dyke, who was born in Mora, Missouri in 1929, currently lives on a ranch near Sedalia. A University of Missouri graduate, he first achieved country music fame in 1956 with his hit song, “The Auctioneer”, which sold more than 2.5 million records. Van Dyke was also famous for his song, “Walk on By”, which was named by Billboard Magazine in 1994 as the biggest country music single of all time.

In addition to his success as a country music entertainer, Van Dyke served his country in Korea as a special agent with the U.S. Army Counter-Intelligence Corps. He also is a member of the National Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame, and is the author of “Auctioneering, Motivation, Success”.