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Mass of Christian Burial

Hillcrest Cemetery
Saturday January 27th, 2018
10:00am

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Richard Morrow Mosier, DDS

Herington — Richard Morrow Mosier, DDS, 90, lifelong resident of Herington, died Saturday
evening, January 13, 2018, at the Herington Municipal Hospital. He was born on October 1,
1927, at the family home in Herington, the son of Dr. Harry David and Josephine Morrow
(Johnson) Mosier.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 27, 2018, at St. John’s Catholic
Church, Herington, with Rev. Peter O’Donnell officiating, assisted by the Knights of Columbus
(Fourth Degree). Inurnment will follow at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Herington, with
military honors.

Dr. Richard M. Mosier graduated from St John’s Catholic Grade School in 1941, and Herington
High School with the class of 1945. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with the
class of 1950, which went undefeated in football throughout his time in college. While at Notre
Dame, he played the saxophone in the Notre Dame Varsity Marching Band, and was an active
member of the Aesculapian Club. He was a lifetime active member of the Notre Dame Alumni
Band. During his first year at the University of Notre Dame, he was drafted into the U.S. Army
and served under General MacArthur in the occupation forces of Japan at the International
Military Tribunal for the Far East General Headquarters Supreme Commander of Allied
Powers Armed Forces Pacific Area Command. Initially, he was a page during the International
Military Tribunal, and later served as a personal aide to the 11 War Trial judges in Tokyo,
Japan. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal—
Japan. He also received the Presidential Unit Citation. He qualified repeatedly as an Expert
Rifleman. After completing college at the University of Notre Dame, he attended and
graduated from Kansas City Dental College (currently UMKC School of Dentistry).

He began his dental practice in Herington with his father Dr. Harry D. Mosier in 1954. Dr
Richard M. Mosier retired from dentistry on October 1, 2013, at the age of 86 after practicing
for 59 years.

He was President of the Salina Dental Society, member of the Kansas Dental Association and
the American Dental Association, President of the Golden Belt Dental Society, charter member
of the Flying Dentists Association, life member of the UMKC Alumni Association, President of
the Kansas Society of Dentistry for Children, and member of the Sunflower Study Club. Locally,
he was a life member of the Herington/Tri-County Historical Society, member of the Kansas
Flying Farmers for over 50 years, member of the Notre Dame Club of Salina, President of the
Dickinson County Sheriff’s Posse, President of the Herington Lion’s Club, member of the
Herington Civic Club, member of Rolling Hills Zoo, member of the Herington Chamber of
Commerce, life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Commander of the American
Legion Post 12 Herington, member of St. John’s Catholic Church, and the Fourth Degree
Knights of Columbus.

In the beginning of World War II, he received his private pilot’s license at age 16 and often
flew with his parents. He was active as a Master Sergeant in the Civil Air Patrol at the
Herington Army Air Force Base. He owned and flew a 1946 Ercoupe, and also a restored 1947
U.S. Air Force North American Navion. He was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association and the Experimental Aircraft Association. He remained an active pilot well into
his eighties.

He loved his family, caring for three generations of dental patients, telling stories, traveling,
helping others, target shooting with expertise, scuba diving, flying, and pyrotechnics. He was
an Honor Flight participant in Washington D.C. as a World War II veteran. On multiple
occasions, he traveled to the jungles of Belize, Central America, providing volunteer dental
care. He volunteered with his wife Norma for many years at the Kansas Sampler and was
awarded the We Kan! Award, and also volunteered at the Kansas Symphony in the Flint Hills,
and the American Dental Association’s annual meetings.

In 1956, he married Gladys E. Bamfield, and of this union they had four sons. He married Sara
J. Moore in 1975. He married Norma L. (Wilson) Carruth in Santa Ana, California on August 6,
1986. He is preceded in death by his brother Dr. H. David Mosier on May 22, 2017; and his
parents.

Dr. Richard M. Mosier is survived by his wife Norma Mosier; his four sons: Dr. Kevin Mosier
(Jen) of Parsons, Dr. Mark Mosier (Darcie) of Kerrville, Texas, James Mosier (Quennie) of
Hutchinson, and Dr. John Mosier of Herington; eight grandchildren: Jennifer Mosier, Dr.
Kristen Mosier, Eric Mosier, Kiralyn Mosier, Grant Mosier, Courtney Mosier, Justin Mosier,
Laura Mosier; and two great-grandchildren: Crue and Devryn Mosier.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. John’s Catholic Church, Herington, in care of
the Zeiner Funeral Home, Herington Chapel, 404 S. Broadway, Herington, KS 67449-3038.
 


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Guestbook

AWESOME!!!! and wonderful man, father and Dr. Who will be truly missed. Thank you for all that you have done for me and my family you will be greatly missed. It was an honor to be your last patient thank you sir. LOVE, PEACE and LIGHT to the Mosier Family

Sidney & Mary Thomas Feb 9 2018 12:00 AM

I didn't know Dr. Richard Mosier...but I know his son, Dr. Mark Mosier. And Mark is a Godly man who had a dad that spoke into his life and helped make Mark the man he is today: compassionate, committed to serving others and a great father and husband. I honor the memory of Dr. Mosier and the legacy he leaves behind. Guard your heart, Dr. Gary Rosberg

Dr. Gary Rosberg Feb 8 2018 12:00 AM

My condolences to the family of Dr. Richard M. Mosier. It was a pleasure knowing Dr. Mosier who I had the opportunity to meet through my professional association with D. John Mosier.

Richard M. Skibba MD Jan 25 2018 12:00 AM

Rest Richard, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Harry Simpson Jan 25 2018 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers to the Mosier family. Sincerely, Misty Hastings Goosen

Misty Hastings Goosen Jan 24 2018 12:00 AM

Our thoughts adn prayers are with you all.

Emmett & Carol Murphy (Chayanne Morales, Azela Morales) Jan 24 2018 12:00 AM

Dr. Mosier has been a lifelong inspirationfor me; personally and professionally.
With his friendly, elegant and humorous personalityalong with his many accomplishments heshowed us how to live with curiosity, contentment and fulfillment.
We will miss him.
Our condolences,
Dr. Pamela McCullough, DDS
Steve, William and Ally McCullough

Pamela McCullough, DDS Jan 24 2018 12:00 AM

I have had the opportunity to work with his son Dr. Kevin Mosier for the past three years, and while I never had the privilege of meeting Dr. Richard Mosier, it is clear to me that he must have been an amazing man with an amazing life to see how his son and grandchildren have become the people that they are reflecting his life. From your friends and colleagues at Labette Health, we hold you and your family in our thoughts and prayers offering our deepest condolences.

Brian Williams and Labette Health Jan 23 2018 12:00 AM

We had the honor of interviewing Dr. Mosier for a 30 minute television show called "Stories That Matter" on December 7th, 2017. Dr. Mosier was a wonderful guest, very kind and well spoken. He was truly one of the greatest generation. Our condolences to his lovely wife, family and friends. - Doug Thompson, BDS Productions, Chapman, Kansas

Doug Thompson Jan 23 2018 12:00 AM