Richard Marion Mosier Richard was born November 19, 1933 in Seattle and passed away February 22, 2010 at the age of 76. Richard was the beloved only child of Frank and Florence. He grew up in the Seattle/Tacoma area as his father built his meat business Excel Sausage Company. Richard graduated from Lincoln and the College of Puget Sound. He taught every grade from 4th on for the Bethel School District, and was on the original staff of Bethel Junior High. He retired in 1994 after 38 years. He spent many rewarding years coaching wrestling, advising the yearbook, teaching history and photography. Richard loved the opportunity to be a class advisor and mentor. In college, Richard served as Inter Fraternity Council President, and was an active member of Theta Chi. Those lifelong friendships remained close to his heart. He served two years as Bethel Education Association President and was active in the Masonic Fraternity. Richard worked very hard for the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. He served many times as Rainbow Dad and was Business Manager for their state paper, The Confidential Observer, for many years. He is a recipient of their highest honor, the Grand Cross of Color. He was instrumental in reorganizing Friendship Chapter Order of the DeMolay. He was a member of Parkland-Lakewood, life member and Past Master of Phoenix Lodge F&AM in Sumner, Scottish Rite, York Rite Bodies and White Shrine. He was a Past Patron of Guiding Star and Faith Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. He was a member of Canal Court and a life member and Past Royal Patron of Mt. View Court Order of the Amaranth. He served Grand Court in several capacities, most recently as Grand Marshal when Judy was GRM of Washington. He was a Past Monarch of Tacobat Grotto and Past President of the Northwest Grotto Association. He was a member of Spanaway Methodist Church. Richard dedicated his life to the service of others. Before he became ill, he was an avid reader of science fiction and mysteries. He loved to travel, eat a good steak, dress in his tuxedo and go to Amaranth meetings, play pinochle, or just be with his family and friends. His passing has left a huge void in our hearts. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Judy, son Rick, several cousins, special 2nd cousin Dona McPhillips, sister-in-law Margie Schubert (Jerry), brother-in-law Don Omat, 3 nephews, a niece, and special brother by choice Bill Ellington (Judy). Services will be at Fir Lane Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 1:00, viewing at 11:00. Reception and greeting of the family at Dryer Masonic Center, 306 S. 134th Street, Parkland, following the graveside services of Phoenix Lodge.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Feb. 28, 2010