Richard “Dick” Moss, 82, of Long Prairie, passed away at the Long Prairie Nursing Home on March 25, 2019.
Richard Dalton Moss was born March 18, 1937 in Breckenridge, MN to Raymond D. and June (Bilby) Moss. Richard graduated from Wahpeton High School in 1955. He continued his education at Wahpeton School of Science and NDSU, Fargo, ND graduating with a B.S. degree in Chemistry, Physics and Education.
Richard was united in marriage to Rogene Doerr in Tappen, ND September 7, 1963. His teaching career began in North Dakota and brought him to Long Prairie in 1968 where he taught chemistry and physics until he retired in 1998. During his tenure as a teacher, Dick also served as Minnesota Education Association’s representative on the Council for Quality Education selecting grant recipients for innovative programs in Minnesota Schools.
Richard had many hobbies, interests and talents and led a full life. As a young man, he played trumpet for the “Tempo Kings” dance band. He loved hunting waterfowl, photographing wildlife and trains, and enjoyed all things chocolate. He will be especially remembered for the enthusiasm with which he studied and spoke of UFOs. He was instrumental in beginning the Minnesota Mutual Unidentified Flying Objects Network (MN MUFON) and served as their state director for more than 20 years. The investigations he conducted and journal articles he wrote gave him national recognition. He and Rogene attended MUFON Symposiums all over the United States. Their love for travel also led them to Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Egypt.
Richard is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rogene; his brother, David (Charlene), Monroe, OH; sisters-in-law, Delores Rath and Sandra Adams; nephews and nieces Stephen (Jenna) Moss, Bryan Moss, Hilary (Michael) Houff, Heidi (Noah) Macy, Geoffrey (Dorothea) Rath, Gregory (Pam) Rath, and Shaun (Jessica) Adams; and 11 great nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held Monday, April 1, 2019 at the Williams Dingmann Stein Chapel. A private family funeral was held Tuesday, April 2, 2019 followed by his burial at the Riverside Mausoleum in Fargo, ND.