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Former NRHA president Roy Nyberg passes away.

Roy Duke Nyberg, founder of Nyberg's Ace Hardware store in Sioux Falls, S.D., and former NRHA president, passed away Sept. 6. He was 84.

Nyberg retired from the retail business about 20 years ago and served on the NRHA board beginning in 1977. Nyberg was a fixture at NRHA's Annual Conventions until recently when he began having health problems.

Nyberg moved to Sioux Falls in late 1957 when he bought an Ace hardware store there. He later relocated to another store at 41st St. and Minnesota Avenue, becoming one of the first retailers in the area to recognize the street's retail potential, according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

His son, Kevin, expanded the family's hardware store empire to the four businesses operating in Sioux Falls. The stores employ about 120 people.

"This is a man who had a tremendous drive," says Kevin Nyberg, according to the paper. "Fifty-two years, and we're still going strong."

Roy Nyberg's influence in the hardware industry extended nationally when he served on the NRHA board beginning in 1977; he became board president 12 years later.

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The South Dakota Retailers Association earlier this year recognized the Nybergs with the Retailer of the Year award.

Nyberg was born and raised in International Falls, Minn., where he started working at an Ace Hardware store when he was 16. He and his wife, Rodora, would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 16.

He did complete a memoir, which will be called "Duke It Out," a play on his middle name.

He is survived by his wife; daughters Nancy (Rick) Swanson and Marin (Bruce) Huber of Sioux Falls, and Jody (Bob) Rasmussen of Ashville, N.C.; son Kevin (Linda) Nyberg of Sioux Falls; and nine grandchildren.

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Date:Oct 1, 2010
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