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Cabela’s co-founder dies

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Dick Cabela – co-founder of the North American sporting goods store – has died at the age of 77.

Richard N. ‘Dick’ Cabela, one of the co-founders of North America’s best-known outdoor sports chains, has died at the age of 77.

Along with his wife, Mary, and brother, Jim, Dick founded Cabela’s in 1961 and built it into the $3.6 billion company it is today with a worldwide catalogue and internet business and 50 stores across the US and Canada.

He served as Chairman of the Board until June last year, when he became Chairman Emeritus.

“The outdoor industry has lost an innovative thinker and a tireless supporter of wildlife and habitat conservation,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer. “The business world has lost a true original, who built a business model that will be studied and emulated for years. He was a man, who through perseverance and hard work, achieved the American Dream.”

Michael McCarthy, Cabela’s Lead Independent Director, added: “Like most great enterprises, Cabela’s began with the passion of a single person, Dick Cabela. We are all very grateful for the opportunities he shared with employees, customers and shareholders – and are committed to sustaining the enterprise he began.”

Cabela collected numerous accolades during his lifetime, including induction into the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame in 2006. He was also named as being among the top 25 most influential people in hunting and fishing by Outdoor Life magazine.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, nine children and their families as well as two sisters and three brothers.

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