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Cabela's co-founder dies

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Published on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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Richard Neil

Richard Neil "Dick" Cabela, a co-founder of Cabela's, died Monday at Sidney, Neb.

Richard Neil "Dick" Cabela, a co-founder of Cabela's, one of the world's leading outfitters of outdoor sporting and recreational goods died Monday.

Cabela, 78, died at his home in Sidney, Neb., where the company is based.

On Monday the company announced its newest store and prototype in Greenville’s Magnolia Park has its grand opening on April 3.

Today, Cabela’s is a $3.6 billion company with a worldwide catalog and Internet business and 50 stores in the United States and Canada.

The company that sells outdoor gear and sporting goods got its start humbly in 1961 when Cabela bought $45 of fishing flies in Chicago. When the flies didn't sell quickly at the family's furniture store in Chappell, Neb., Cabela started selling them through the mail with his wife, Mary, and brother, Jim.

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