Photo courtesy of Chris McIntyre/EagleRider.

Photo courtesy of Chris McIntyre/EagleRider. 

EagleRider cofounder and noted travel enthusiast Peter Wurmer died Tuesday at the age of 64.

Born and raised in Mittenwald, Germany on May 9, 1953, Wurmer had fond memories of collecting muchrooms, berries, and snails with his father to sell to local restaurants. He later studied electrical engineering at university before spending a year traveling around Africa in a Volkswagen van.

In 1982, Wurmer moved to the U.S. with $1,200 to his name. Although he wasn’t completely fluent in English, he eventually landed a job at Star Sporting Goods as a ski repairman, and later moved on to Go Vacations.

An entrepreneur at heart, Wurmer went into business with his friends, Chris McIntyre, Jeff Brown, and Bob Pitts, and started EagleRider in 1992. Using their own credit cards and a few motorcycles in Wurmer’s garage, Wurmer helped EagleRiders grow into one of the world’s largest motorcycle rental and tourism companies.

When he wasn’t busy travelling and making friends in each country he visited, Wurmer could be found in the kitchen created gourmet meals for those closest to him. A man of many talents, Wurmer skied in the Olympics, was a licensed pilot, and enjoyed scuba diving and riding his motorcycles.

Wurmer is survived by his wife and best friend of 18 years, Sandy; his children Amber, and her husband Mark, Mary Boots, and Joseph.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Crimson, at the main pool entrance inside Red Rock Hotel and Casino. Attendees are requested to dress casually and to donate to the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth in lieu of sending flowers.

Red Rock Hotel and Casino is located at 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada.