Kimball businessman Ken Risk dies

A Kimball man who doubled the number of employees in his local family's business and was a major participant in Nebraska Aviation and the Teammates mentoring program lost his battle with cancer Wednesday morning. Ken Risk died at the Kimball Health Services at the age of 64.

Upon the death of his father in 1989, Risk assumed the duties of George Risk Industries, opening a facility in Gering in addition to the one in Kimball and expanding the workforce from 75 to the present number of 150. Risk also owned Platte Valley Sales and Service, a retail and wholesale residential and commercial lighting business in Hastings for 15 years until he sold it in 1996 to focus on his father's business.

Risk was an avid pilot and was serving as chairman of the Kimball Airport Authority and was in his 14th year on the State Aeronautics board. Risk was also active in Tom and Nancy Osborne's Teammates Mentoring program and served on several Teammates boards.

Memorial Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church in Kimball with Rev. Christine Plantz officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials have been established to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Kimball Teammates Mentoring Program and Prairie Haven Hospice.

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