Snowmobile Procession To Honor Northwoods Dealer
December 17, 2010
Filed under Snowmobile News
A legend in Wisconsin Northwoods snowmobiling has died, and this morning he will be ushered into the next life with a procession that will truly honor his passions.
Friday morning, a procession of snowmobiles will leave the Tomahawk Sports Center in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, at 10 a.m., weave through the town where dealership founder and owner Dick Calhoun served his community in so many ways, and will end at the church where his funeral service will be held. More than 100 snowmobiles are expected.
Calhoun, 80, died Monday after a battle with cancer.
After riding his first snowmobile in 1965, Calhoun became hooked. By 1966, he was in the dealership business, starting Tomahawk Sports Center, a Ski-Doo dealership, and his passion for the sport of snowmobiling was strong and constant for the past 44 years. He started snowmobile clubs, was very involved in and promoted trail development, was named the Dealer Of The Year by local, state, national and international organizations and was named a Most Valuable Snowmobiler by Snowmobile Magazine in 1998.
“He is one of the most avid snowmobilers I’ve ever known, he really was,” said longtime friend Dick Decker of the Derby Track and Decker Sno Venture Tours in Eagle River, Wisconsin. “He was always up for a ride, and he was very involved.”
Calhoun was also involved in various other community organizations – from the local American Legion and Lions Club to the Chamber of Commerce.
The dealership, which also carries Can-Am and Honda ATVs and motorcycles, Sea-Doo personal watercraft, Sanpan, Sweewater, Alumacraft, Manitou, Godfrey and AquaPatio boats and other boat and powersports products, was also at the center of Calhoun’s life. It’s open seven days a week, and through the years it seems Dick was always there.
“He lived in that business, he went down every day he could get up, even when he was going through the chemotherapy – that business was his passion,” Decker said.