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William John Mosier

William John Mosier

1929-2022

It is with deep sorrow that the family of William John Mosier, of Hancock, Md., announces his passing on March 13, 2022.

Also known as Bill or Moose, he was born on November 22, 1929, in Hancock, the first born son of John Henry and Fannie (Fisher) Mosier.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 65 years, Dorothy (Dottie) Cubbage Mosier, along with their two sons, Lynn William, and his wife Robin, and Stuart Lee, and his wife Stacy; his cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren, Wesley John Mosier, and his wife Christi and their three children (Payton, Ashton and Makenna), Colin Lee Mosier and Joshua Robin Schetrompf, all of Hancock, Hayley DeLoso and Nathan Deloso, both of Williamsport (children of his precious granddaughter, the late Nichole Diane (Mosier) DeLoso.); and his brother and sister-in-law, Herbert and Mary Mosier and their children and families.

In addition to his parents and granddaughter, he was preceded in death by an infant brother; his mother-in-law, Rosalie Barnhart; and many close family members and friends.

Following his junior year at Hancock High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, Medical Company 325. The Army’s 82nd Airborne Division was an elite unit that could rapidly deploy in just 18 hours notice. They were able to conduct forcible entry parachute assaults, as well as other key military operations. Based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., the 82nd is easily recognized by their maroon berets and AA (All American) arm patches. This unit has been involved in virtually every U.S. Military conflict since World War I. Moose saw duty at Fort Bragg, N.C. and Fort Benning, Ga.

Upon his honorable discharge, he secured employment as a surveyor with the state of Maryland and J.B. Ferguson Company. He later accepted a position with Pennsylvania Glass Sand Company (now U.S. Silica), as a lab technician, retiring 37 years later. He was an active member of the Hancock United Methodist Church where he served on various committees and projects through the years. Beyond his Christian commitment, he enjoyed membership in the Hancock Lions Club, where he was honored with the Melvin Jones Fellowship and Lion of the Year awards.

He also served as the Club’s Tail Twister for many years, a role that complimented his lively personality and sense of humor. He was a member of Webster B. Harrison Post 26 American Legion, James W. Bowers Lodge #173, Cumberland Shrine Club, Legion of Honor and the Jesters.

Always ready with a helping hand or his storehouse of jokes and stories, he enjoyed his life to the fullest. Wearing many hats and answering to many names (Moose, Bill, Pap, Pappy Bill, Happy Pappy, Brother, Uncle and Friend). He will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him best. Oh, the times you have said that you have had a good life… and that you want us to remember that! Rest in peace our beloved rock. We will be together again – happy and whole!

A celebration of his long and blessed life will be held at the Hancock United Methodist Church, Saturday, March 26, at 11 a.m. Pastor Becki Wessinger will officiate. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service. Committal will take place at Saint Thomas Episcopal Church at the convenience of the family.

Memorial gifts can be made in his name to the Hancock United Methodist Church, 170 West Main Street, Hancock, MD 21750 or to his childhood church, Saint Thomas Episcopal Church, 2 East High Street, Hancock, MD 21750 where he and Dottie were married on December 23, 1956.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Grove Funeral Home in Hancock. Online condolences can be expressed to the family at www.grovefh.com.