Cabela’s Co-Founder Dick Cabela has died.
The company confirmed the news Monday afternoon saying Dick died at his home in Sidney Monday morning at the age of 77.
Dick and his wife Mary Cabela founded the company in Chappell, Nebraska back in 1961 selling fishing flies from their kitchen table.
As the company continued to grow, Dick’s brother Jim Cabela joined the operation in 1963 and the family continued to reinvest any money made to grow the business, which has become a publicly traded $3.6 billion company based in Sidney.
CEO and President Tommy Millner said in a news release:
“The outdoor industry has lost an innovative thinker and a tireless supporter of wildlife and habitat conservation; the business world has lost a true original, who built a business model that will be studied and emulated for years; a man who, through perseverance and hard work, achieved the American Dream. Dick and Jim made it possible for sportsmen and women to get quality outdoor products no matter where they lived. They weren’t the first to offer outdoor goods through the mail, but nobody did it better or with more care about providing customers a good value for their money.
Dick is survived by his wife, Mary, and their nine children, two sisters and three brothers. Funeral arrangements had not been announced as of Monday afternoon.
By Dave Collins, KSID, Sidney