Richard D. Mosier passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021 at the Canterbury on-the-Lake Memory Care facility in Waterford, Michigan. Richard “Doc”, age 86 years, loving husband, father, and grandfather was the son of the late Dr. Dwight and Mary (Shaw) Mosier. He will now reunite with his beloved wife of 57 yrs., high school sweetheart, and love of his life Patricia Ann (Jezewski) Mosier who preceded him in death to be with her lord and savior October 11, 2014.
Doc was born October 30, 1934 in Bay City, Michigan. He graduated in 1953 from the former T.L. Handy High School where he excelled as a multisport athlete lettering in Basketball (named to all-state team), Baseball, and Tennis. He received a full ride basketball scholarship and went on to attend Ferris State University where he stared for 4 years at point guard receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in education and subsequently his Master’s degree from Michigan State University. Mr. Mosier was a life member of the Bay City Elks Club (Lodge #88). He worked in both the Bangor and Bay City School Districts as a teacher and later a guidance counselor over his career and retired from Bay City Western High School after +43 years of service. He would say “It was all about the kids” and he was fully invested over his long career which in addition to teaching included coaching basketball, drivers education instruction in the summers, and officiating high school athletics which all kept him connected to the sports he loved and his priority, having an impact shaping the youth of the next generation – it was in his blood. His greatest joys were spending time outdoors hunting with his sons and his bird dogs chasing pheasants & upland birds, fishing, golfing with his friends and family, and the many weekend and holiday trips to the family cottage at Lost Lake Woods Club. As a mentor, and role model, he led by example with his unmatched work ethic promoting the philosophy that you are only limited in success by your willingness to work hard. He had an abundance of compassion known by his friends, neighbors, and family. He loved supporting his children and later his grandchildren attending their various activities and sharing his words of wisdom and ardent support.
Left behind to cherish his memory are three children and their spouses; Douglas Dwight and Tandi Janette (Shook) Mosier, Dr. Susan Marie Mosier-LaClair, M.D. and Mark Oliver LaClair, David Scott Mosier, his seven grandchildren; Madison Elizabeth Mosier, Taylor Alexa Ann Mosier, Lauren Patrice LaClair, Brett Oliver LaClair, Jack Davis LaClair, Brynn Patricia Mosier and Mason Timothy Mosier, a sister and spouse; Thomas and Janice (Mosier) Roby, one sister- in-law; Sandra Lee Jezewski, a niece and spouse; Marty and Jennifer (Penzein) Benke, and a nephew and spouse; Dirk and Whitney Penzein.
Funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at the Gephart Funeral Home, Inc. Officiating will be Rev. Joseph Atchinson with private entombment in Oakwood Mausoleum, Saginaw, Michigan. The family will be present at the Gephart Funeral Home, Inc. on Friday, April 9, 2021 to receive family and friends from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. We are currently still under the governor’s executive order of social distancing and limited to 25 visitors in the chapel at one time. You may experience a wait while paying your respects, face coverings must be worn. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Richard Dwight Mosier to be split between multiple favored causes by the family in his name. For online condolences visit www.gephartfuneralhome.com