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SSG (Ret) Lonzo Mitchell Mosier

Lonzo Mitchell Mosier, son of the late William Mitchell and Josie May (Russell) Mosier, was born September 9, 1930 in Tyler, Missouri. Lonzo graduated from Cooter High School in 1948. Later that year, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Lonzo made a career of the military, serving his country for over 22 years. He was a veteran of both the Korea Conflict and the Vietnam War. Staff Sergeant Mosier retired in 1970, having been awarded many medals and commendations. On October 17, 1956, Lonzo married Barbara Bond in Cooter, Missouri, and to this union three children were born: Michael, Denise and Virginia. After retiring from the Army, Lonzo worked for Tombs and Son for twelve years. He was a life member of the Bass Pro Organization, a life member of the Harry Herron Memorial DAV Chapter 39 of Crocker, Ozark Memorial VFW Post 3176 in St. Robert, the American Legion Post at Osage Beach, and the Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge of Lebanon. He enjoyed fishing, bingo and working in his junkyard. Lonzo departed this life the morning of July 5, 2002, at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, at the age of 71 years, 9 months and 26 days. Lonzo will be greatly missed by his wife Barbara of the home; one son: Michael Mosier and his wife, Crystal of Waynesville, Missouri and three daughters: Denise Miller and Ginny May Pritchett and her husband, William all of Waynesville, Missouri and Diane O’Malley of Moreno Valley, California. He also leaves one brother: Kenneth Mosier of Richland, Missouri; four sisters: Virginia Rounsaville of Dexter, Missouri, Nellie Scott and Norma Basham both of Glen Allen, Missouri, and Gloria Basham of the state of Kentucky. Also surviving are five grandchildren: Corey Mosier, Aleida DeJesus, Brianna Pritchett, Christina Mosier and Barbara Jean Mosier; one great-grandson: Shawn Lambert; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. A graveside service with military honors provided by the U.S. Army at Fort Leonard Wood was held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, July 9 at the Ogle-Mosier Family Farm Cemetery in Pulaski County, Missouri, with Rev. Richard Breeden officiating. Services were under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Lonzo Mosier.

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