Donald L. Mosier, 76, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Saturday, Oct. 31, at home after going out to check on the cattle.
Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Cedar Rapids Ambulance Fund or the family. Dr. Mosier was born November 1, 1938 to Decker and Lela (Mowry) Mosier on their farm outside Hoxie, KS. He was the ninth of eleven children and was raised on the family farm. He graduated with honors from Hoxie High School, being active in 4-H, wrestling, and football. In 1962, he graduated from Kansas State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Following college, Dr. Mosier served his country in the Army Veterinary Corps stationed in Fort Sam Houston, Chicago, Boston, and Augsburg Germany. While in Germany, he had the opportunity to tour Europe and was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1965. At this point, he began practicing veterinary medicine with his brother Ross in Spalding, NE. In 1969, Dr. Mosier married Sethee (Bunny) Dobson and moved to Cedar Rapids to establish his own veterinary practice which he ran for over 40 years. Dr. Mosier especially enjoyed working with cattle producers and established a family cow/calf operation which is maintained by his daughter Lea today. His commitment to the well-being of the herd was demonstrated through his daily drives to the pasture. Dr. Mosier served his profession and community through membership on the Cedar Rapids School Board, lifetime membership in the American and Nebraska Veterinary Medical Associations, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed playing chess and checkers with his children and grandchildren and discussing politics and agriculture. He took pleasure in hearing and telling the stories of his grandchildren's adventures. Dr. Mosier had a strength of character and values that he instilled in his children by prioritizing time with his family. He often welcomed helpers (his daughters) on his calls to attend to his client's animals and he rarely missed a day dropping his children off at school. Dr. Mosier enthusiastically shared his wisdom through parables of life, including a story from his childhood, of the irony of his family taking a dwarf calf to the county fair and winning a breed grand championship. Don is survived by his wife of 46 years: Sethee; daughters: Dr. Melisse Mosier Schilling (Bret) of Jefferson, IA; Dr. Mirrya Mosier (Attila Huszka) of Round Rock, TX; and Lea Kayse Mosier of Cedar Rapids; four grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister: Louise Simcox of Salina, KS; and six brothers: Ben Mosier of Hoxie, KS; Frank Mosier of Manhattan, KS; Dr. Richard Mosier of Claremore, OK; Dr. Larry Mosier of Sargent, NE; Dr. Steve Mosier of Hays, KS; and Dr. Stan Mosier of Wichita, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister: Lila Marie Fansher; and two brothers: Dr. Jake Mosier and Dr. Ross Mosier.