William Frank Mosier
November 25, 2020
Obituary & Life History
The Rev. Deacon William Frank Mosier died peacefully at home in
Newark, California on Nov. 25, 2020. Son of Ernest and Virginia
(Moore) Mosier, Bill, his twin brother, the Rev. James David
Mosier, and their older sister, the Rev. Deacon Linda Hale grew
up on a cherry farm in The Dalles, Oregon, where they attended
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. After high school graduation in
1964, Bill and Jim entered the University of Portland together.
During Bill’s freshman year, however, he became ill with a
virus that left him profoundly deaf and changed the course of
his life. The following year he transferred to a college
exclusively for Deaf students -- Gallaudet University in
Washington, D.C. There he began learning sign language, which
led to his life’s work with Deaf people. Unfortunately, he once
again became gravely ill and had to withdraw from Gallaudet,
too. Bill finished college 15 years later at Western Oregon
University with a BA in Art Education and an MA in Deaf
Education. He also became an ordained Episcopal deacon.
Bill’s careers included graphic design for the school district
in The Dalles; teaching art and special education at Oregon
School for the Deaf; establishing and working as a job coach in
a transition program for Deaf adults with cognitive and
emotional disabilities in Salem, OR; working as a mental health
case worker for Polk County; and serving as a deacon at St.
Hilda’s Episcopal Church in Monmouth, OR, where he developed an
extensive ministry for Deaf adults from the surrounding areas.
He was actively involved nationally in the Episcopal Conference
of the Deaf for many years, as well, including a term as
president of ECD (2005-2006).
Bill was predeceased by his
parents and by his first wife, the Rev. Noel Knelange
(1943–2006) who was St. Hilda’s priest for many years. In 2011,
Bill retired, married again, and moved to California with his
second wife, Beverly Cannon Mosier. That fall, Bill became a
deacon at St. James Episcopal Church in Fremont, CA for one
year. Eventually, he and Bev grew another Deaf ministry at St.
Bill is survived by his wife, Bev and daughter, Jackie
of Newark, CA; as well as his siblings, Linda of Tucson, AZ and
Jim, (Vicki) of Ontario, OR. He also had two nieces, Christine
(Ken, Evangeline, KJ) of Ontario, OR and Kim (Charley, Luke,
Grace) of Baker, OR and a nephew, Patrick (Maaike) of La Grande,
There will be a delayed memorial service, after a
COVID-19 vaccine has made it safe to gather. Meanwhile,
donations “in memory of Bill Mosier” would be welcomed by
Friends of Oregon School for the Deaf. FOSD was important to
Bill as a former board member, and its mission remained in his
heart until the end. Donations can be made either online at
friendsofOSD.org or by mail: Friends of OSD PO Box 15053 Salem
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