The Nemec family founded this enterprise, and George Nemec joined it in 1985, expanding it with the help of his wife Nancy and son Chris into the popular, prosperous enterprise it is today.
Earlier in his career, George Nemec worked for Stewart's Ice Cream, and before that, Curtis Lumber in Warrensburg. He was a 1969 graduate of Warrensburg High School.
Through his work building up Nemec's Sport Shop, George Nemec provided jobs for many people and boosted the local economy by spending as much of the firm's money locally as possible.
His business expertise and diligent work earned him the deep respect of both community leaders and regular folks alike. He was also known to inspire others to be industrious, and to be generous to those less fortunate.
Alexander Funeral Home hosted a capacity crowd Sunday for Nemec's calling hours. The afternoon included a poignant, full-dress tribute from the members of the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co. His funeral Monday also hosted a capacity crowd.
This week, dozens and dozens of people signed his online guestbook at www.alexanderfh.net, extolling his character.
Many noted George Nemec's generous nature, and how he'd donate spontaneously - without fanfare - to worthy causes and people in need.
"George treated people with honor and compassion," James Derby of Diamond Point said in the guestbook. "Always willing to help others, a kind and generous man, George will be truly missed by all that knew him well."
Crystal Collier of Warrensburg, of North Country Wild Care, also praised his generosity.
"George was an amazing man - he's touched so many people in his lifetime in a lot of ways," she said. "He's established a legacy that will last forever."