Devastating Fire Hits Dick Korn’s Rumbo Trailer

Dick Korn

 

Popular dog show personality and vendor, Dick Korn, traveled to Perry, Georgia, to set up his RUMBO Pet Supplies booth for the Honeysuckle Cluster dog show weekend. On the way home, he stopped in Ocala, Florida, to drop off a delivery to Richard Thayer. After leaving the Thayer home, Dick headed for Interstate 75 South.

Thirty-one miles south of Ocala, a motorist passed Dick Korn waving and pointing to the back of the RUMBO trailer. Dick quickly pulled over and saw that it was on fire. Another Good Samaritan stopped and said he had already called the fire department. He quickly went to work to help Dick unhook his pickup truck and move it away from the trailer.

Devastating Fire Hits Dick Korn’s Rumbo Trailer
Devastating Fire Hits Dick Korn’s Rumbo Trailer

It took about half an hour for the fire trucks to arrive. By then, the trailer and its contents were totally engulfed in flames. Everything was lost! Tragically, because it wasn’t inside a warehouse, the insurance policy did not cover the loss.

Dick Korn’s involvement with dogs began when he was living in Savannah, Georgia, in the 1970s and ‘80s.He had rescued a Great Dane from an abusive home, and the blessed dog lived with Dick for two years before going across the “Rainbow Bridge.

Profile picture of Dick Korn (aka RUMBO to Friends)
Dick Korn (aka RUMBO to Friends) – Dick always has a smile on his face and a great story to share! He is well-loved by the fancy!

With his interest in the breed sparked, Dick traveled to an American Kennel Club all-breed dog show to look for a new canine to bring home. He met Richard Kerr who put him in touch with some show dog breeders who had a new litter of Great Dane puppies. Dick fell in love, and one of the soon-to-be giant Working Dog puppies was his. The breeders encouraged Dick to begin exhibiting, and a new passion was about to change his life.

While attending shows, Dick began to help a couple of the dog show vendors with their set-ups. By 1982, he started his own small supplies booth. His son, Jason, suggested the name “RUMBO” which was the name of a dog the family owned at the time.

In 1983, Dick met Mike Robertson who was a scissor sharpener at shows. Mike taught Dick the trade and assisted him in getting the necessary equipment. In 1987, Dick moved to Malbar, Florida, and grew his business. By 1988, RUMBO expanded and Dick was a vendor scheduled for 47 or 48 show weekends a year. Currently, the RUMBO booth can be found at 30 clusters yearly.

This fire was not the first devastating thing to happen to Dick Korn. While he was working a dog show in April of 2003, he received the news that his son, Artillery Captain Jason Korn, was killed while serving our country in Iraq.

For the past 40 years, professional handlers, exhibitors, and pet enthusiasts have relied on Dick Korn for supplies. Now I trust the fancy will step up to help Dick and his wife, Joanne, recover from this tragic loss.

 

Friends wishing to get in touch with Dick may wish to use the following contact information:

Dick Korn
(George Richard Korn)
3115 Weber Road, Malabar, Florida 32950
Cell Numbers: 321-403-4900 and 321-288-9402
Email (also can be used for Pay-Pal): Rumbo@rumbopet.com

  • At the age of four, Linda's love for TV's Lassie prompted her parents, Roy and Hazel Ayers to surprise her with a Collie. Her first times entering the confirmation ring began at age six. From showing her Conrad Collies in juniors, to judging, to becoming a part of an immediate family of three AKC judges, her life has evolved around the sport of purebred dogs. As a young professional just out of the University of Georgia, Linda served on the Executive Staffs of two Georgia Governors. She moved from serving at the State Capitol to assisting the Chairman of the Hyatt Hotel Corporation. As chairman and founder of a family owned Manufacturing Corporation and real estate holding company, Linda has overseen operations, acquisitions, and dispositions of considerable business holdings for over four decades. Her diverse companies have manufactured packaged goods for many household products you likely used in your homes, interior components for the automotive industry you enjoy in your cars, and industrial chemical products used in the electric utility industry. She partnered in commercial acquisitions in Washington, D.C. on a 250 million dollar level. Linda has developed significant properties delivering hundreds of home sites in Greenville, South Carolina in conjunction with NVR/Ryan Homes in addition to apartments, an IMAX theater, commercial tracts and much more. She is the proud mother of one son, Edward P. (Todd) Turner,III of Columbia, South Carolina. After retiring from many years as District Director of the Collie Club of America, Linda served for fourteen years as AKC Delegate for the Greenville Kennel Club. She is currently President of the Carolinas Judges Study Group, a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Collie Club of Georgia where she was their very first Junior Member, a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Greenville Kennel Club, and a Quarter Century Member of the Collie Club of America. Her Christian faith is exhibited in her belief that, “Time is the most important gift you can share to make someone happy or to make a difference.” Mentoring athletes from professional to high school levels has been a huge passion and blessing in Linda's life. At any given time you may find her in a locker room, on the playing field, or on the court inspiring winners. To quote her, "I would rather go to a ballgame than a ball." Linda has been on board since the inception of ShowSight

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