By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Even after he and his wife, Linda, sold their business in 2008, Rick Moses still couldn’t just walk away from the radio communications business they nurtured since 1977.
After selling Prairie States Communications to employee Rick Elliott and his wife, Jan, in June, 2008, Moses continued to work in the business.
Linda said she just couldn’t get Rick to join her in retirement. “He had to work or it would drive him nuts,” she noted.
Last fall, she finally convinced him to work just three days a week at Prairie States. Then, in December, 2009, Rick was diagnosed with colon cancer and it had already spread into the liver.
Moses started on chemotherapy and Linda said last week they were judging progress.
Over the past weekend, Moses, 62, suffered a stroke and passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon, March 14, at the Chase County Community Hospital.
While his death came as a shock, Linda said it was a blessing after seeing him suffer through the chemotherapy and the side effects that accompany it.
A Colby, Kan., native, Moses and his wife moved to Imperial in 1977 and helped start K-N Communications. In 1985, he and Linda purchased the business and renamed it Prairie States Communications.
The business specializes in two-way communications. At one time they held a Radio Shack franchise and began as a dealer for cellular phones.
They saw the progression of cellular business, starting with Nebraska Cellular.
Linda said she remembers they had to fight like mad to get a dealership because the company didn’t think there was enough demand here.
Since then, Nebraska Cellular became Aliant, was then bought by Alltel, and is now a part of Verizon.
Linda said she and Rick built a wide customer base throughout the tri-state area, as one of the premier Motorola communications equipment dealers.
Moses’ career was spent in two-way communications. He served in the Army Signal Corp and attended community college and technical school to hone his skills in the field.
Linda said both she and Rick love to read, making the library one of Rick’s passions. He gave back to the library as a long-time member of its board.
He especially enjoyed woodworking in a shop at their home east of Imperial.
In addition, he liked to ride his motorcycle and was a member of the local ABATE club.
A complete obituary appears on page 5.