How Cleland’s Came to Be…
In March of 1967, Gary and Theresa Cleland, a couple with a passion for hunting, fishing, archery, firearm competitions and everything that encompassed outdoor sports, opened a door connected to a garage at their home, where Gary would do small firearms repair. Soon, this door and garage would become a second home to loyal customers, and Cleland’s one-door-shop would grow into a business, not even the Cleland family dreamed of.
What started as a hobby in a backyard garage by a man whose son (Cleland’s current gunsmith) affectionately referred to him as “the king” of all gunsmiths, quickly became a local favorite and has remained that way for over 50 years.
Little did anyone know… not too far away in Genoa, Ohio, at the same time as the conception of Cleland’s, a man named Edward (Kenny) Clabaugh opened his own garage-gun-shop, Kenny’s Gun Shop! Also serving gun owners in his area, he eventually turned his hobby into a profitable business gaining customers such as Davis Besse, of whom he once reloaded 10,000 rounds in one week! Kenny, as referred to by friends and family, maintained this successful business all while being a dedicated truck driver and loving family man, often taking hunting trips to Wyoming together, where he instilled his passion for the shooting sports in his daughter, Jan, and eventually his grandson, Ken Shields.
Jan, taking after her father, had a natural talent with firearms, winning many medals in national matches with a .22 small bore rifle. Mr. Clabaughs’ grandson, Ken Shields, followed in his grandfather and mother’s footsteps with a fondness for firearms and archery, as well as having a hobby gun shop servicing area friends and local community members. With the support of his lovely wife Laura and their adorable daughter, Kaylin, Ken and Jan decided it was time to take this hobby to the next step.
Sadly, the shooting sports industry lost Gary Cleland in 2017. A dedicate and loved family man, friend, and advocate. His legacy will live on through the many lives he has touched and the many more lives Cleland’s will continue to serve and teach.
After the passing of Gary Cleland, his wife, Theresa Cleland, decided it was time to turn their life’s work over to someone else’s hands. Fortunately, the timing was just right. Mother and son duo, Jan Trask and Ken Shields were in the pursuit of continuing the lifelong family passion and dream Mr.(Kenny)Clabaugh had of owning a gun shop. This is when Jan, Ken and Theresa’s paths crossed. With the same vision for Cleland’s, the trio hit it off sharing similar stories and hopes for the store.
It is without further ado; we are pleased to announce the new owners of Cleland’s Outdoor World, Jan Trask and Ken Shields!
Ken and Jan are thrilled and excited to take what Gary and Theresa have built over the years and continue to provide excellent customer service. Among other things, Ken and Jan will focus on expanding the youth archery program (JOAD), firearms and archery classes, lessons, and events. Their goal is to continue to provide the same superior customer service when you walk through Cleland’s doors, as you once received when you walked through the garage door of the fine men and women who have made Cleland’s a reality. Their excitement and passion are proving to be contagious as Cleland’s team, which still consists of original Cleland family members, are thrilled to have them as their new pathfinders in the success of Cleland’s Outdoor World.
It is the mission of Cleland’s Outdoor World
- To provide a safe and family-friendly shooting experience.
- To promote and preserve shooting sports.
- To offer shooting opportunities to youth and new shooters through education and instruction.
- To support and strengthen our community by being a positive influence to all those who come in contact with Cleland’s Outdoor World.
Cleland’s Outdoor World will provide our employees an honest and helpful work environment where each employee, either individually or as a group, will dedicate themselves to providing our customers with exceptional service and professional integrity.
It is our goal to ensure the longevity of our company through repeat and referral business is achieved through customer satisfaction.
Cleland’s Outdoor World will strive to maintain the highest levels of professionalism, integrity, and honesty in our relationships while providing a place of comradery with our fellow shooters, education for those who desire and being a positive family-oriented influence in our community.