2012-08-30 / Local & State

Late Bill Mosebey To Be Honored

Plaque to be dedicated Sept. 7 in McConnell Park
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

A major general for the Central Intelligence Agency, the late William L. Mosebey Jr., will be honored for a lifetime of achievements next month by his family, friends and the county commissioners.

Commissioners Rodney Mc- Cray, Craig Cutchall and Irvin Dasher, along with chief clerk Daniel Swain, sat down with the wife of the late Bill Mosebey Tuesday to finalize plans for the special dedication service set for Friday, September 7.

Carolyn Mosebey provided the commissioners with an overview of the program’s schedule that will get under way directly behind the courthouse in McConnell Park at 1 p.m. Heading up the plaque dedication service will be commissioner and master of ceremonies McCray. The general public as well as county employees are being urged to attend the special service.

Among those on tap to speak are Rev. Alfred Cross of the Wells Valley Presbyterian Church where Bill served as church elder on numerous occasions. Rev. Cross is slated to give both the opening and closing prayer, while Mosebey’s 8-year-old grandson, Quinn Mosebey, will lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Those providing follow-up remarks will be friend and fellow Wells Valley resident Ron Black, former Congressman Bud Shuster and Mosebey’s son, Geoffrey. The unveiling of the plaque will be accompanied by a patriotic song to be played by grandson Connor Mosebey.

Biographies of each of the individuals providing remarks and participating in the plaque dedication were provided to the commissioners by Carolyn. McCray, in turn, informed her the commissioners are “honored” to be part of the ceremony and plaque dedication, which was the idea of Ron Black.

The plaque will be located to the immediate left of the courthouse in an adjoining flowerbed.

Bill Mosebey died at the age of 72 on November 22, 2010. A native of McKeesport, Pa., he was the son of William Lyle and Edyth (Knepper) Mosebey. In addition to a passion for farming, Bill Mosebey was also an avid hunter, historian and writer. He had published a historical note on the original settlers of Wells Township and over a period of several years had been penning a family history that had yet-to-be published.

He is perhaps the most wellknown for his travels and duties with the Central Intelligence Agency, which he joined in 1959. He would simultaneously serve in the United States Army Reserves, which would require a special, governmental dispensation.

As part of his duties, Bill Mosebey served in numerous countries, including India, Zaire, Sudan, Ethiopia, Angola, Tanzania, Central African Republic, Kenya and Egypt. He was chief of station at four of those locations as well as chief of both Europe and Africa divisions.

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