ZDegelman Industries is pleased to announce the retirement of Rick Abel – Territory Manager – Degelman USA.
Rick’s career as a traveling Territory Manager in the Farm Equipment Wholesale industry began in 1975 with Wil-Rich Company. He joined Degelman USA in 1979 and travelled exclusively throughout North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota where he developed many long lasting friendships with his Dealers. He went on to be a successful independent factory representative for 12 years and then returned to Degelman where he finished with 25 years of service.
Rick received the prestigious Degelman “Commitment / Dedication / Service” Ring as a departing gift from Jack and Paul Degelman for his years of representing Degelman.
Those that know Rick are aware of his keen whit, his happy go lucky demeanor and his sense of humor. He was always up for a good laugh, a practical joke or a playing a trick on an unsuspecting “Rookie” team member.
Dave Doringsfeld, former General Manager of Degelman Industries in Minot, ND was also present for the celebration. Mr. Doringsfeld - who originally hired Rick, also presented his own special gift and heartfelt speech. He shared memories of Rick and Dan (Bubba) Peterson from the early years of Degelman in the USA.
Paul Degelman spoke of Rick’s commitment to Degelman and the special relationships he has made with his Dealers. He thanked him on behalf of the Degelman Family for his efforts, friendship and dedication.
Jack Degelman recognized Rick as a war hero. Rick Abel is a veteran of the Vietnam conflict where he served “one year of training and one year of active duty” being injured three times, twice by shrapnel and once by a bullet. Jack and Rick spent many hours behind a windshield sharing stories of those experiences.
Rick and his wife Colleen have been married for 44 years. They have three children – two boys and one girl and three grand children.
Rick and Colleen have a cottage at Crystal Lake about 40 miles from their home and plan to spend summers there, as Rick loves to fish and is looking forward to more hours devoted to his favorite pastime.
Degelman Industries will continue to rely on Rick for additional help at Trade Shows, Dealer Conventions or maybe just a simple delivery. Congratulations on your retirement Rick!