The Honorable William Mosholder

November 23, 1924 ‒ March 11, 2021

Palm Harbor, Florida
Formerly of Mount Vernon, Ohio

William Mosholder, born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio on November 23, 1924, age 96, died March 11, 2021. He passed at his home in Palm Harbor, Florida of natural causes surrounded by family. Bill grew up in Mt. Vernon and attended Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic High School where he was the last surviving member of the Saint  Vincent Ohio Catholic Diocese High School State Champion basketball team. From there he attended John Carrol on a basketball scholarship and enlisted in the Navy at the advice of his coach. After serving in the South Pacific, in World War II, he completed his degree in business from Tulane University and his Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University- which produced Ohio’s number one buckeye fan. He married the love of his life, Patricia in 1952. Bill was a practicing attorney for more than 25 years in Mt. Vernon. He was then elected twice to serve as Knox County Juvenile/Probate Judge, dubbing him forever after as “The Judge”. Bill and Pat raised five children and were foster parents to more than 30 kids awaiting placement to loving parents.

Although he practiced law and dispensed justice with razor sharp precision, he was well known for his engineering prowess where he gave new meaning to the adage “necessity is the mother of invention”. From covering the dryer vent with panty hose pointed to the kitchen for added heat during the winter, to installing what was probably the first homemade cruise control known as the “Horizontal Speed Stabilizer”, in his favorite vehicle – a 1969 Volkswagen Van. He also invented “homemade sandals” by cutting out the heels and toes of worn-out shoes He found use for just about everything before eventually discarding. He saw resources where everyone else saw trash.

Bill loved to run and was a participant in the Mavis 5 miler for many years.  He went on to enjoy cycling and was known for riding his bike throughout the streets of Mt. Vernon and then throughout Ohio.  Later, he would add Delaware State, Florida and Texas, taking his bike wherever he moved. When it came to bikes, Bill was the “go to guy” for the neighborhood children. If the garage door was up, he was open for fixing the many flat tires from jumping curbs or loose chains that would easily come off. He always made sure that the brakes worked before any child left the driveway. It may have gone unnoticed, but it sure did save some lives.

After Bill retired from the bench and Patricia sadly passed away, Bill remarried Ratie Moore in 1994. He moved to Wilmington, Delaware where he lived until 2008.Throughout those years, they spent time finding warm places to spend the winters. After Ratie’s passing in 2008, he spent a period of time living with family. When he mustered one final winter in Ohio, he bolted to Florida in 2012 and settled in at the Stratford Court in Palm Harbor. Here, “The Judge” made many close friends. He was avid at doing crossword puzzles, making rosaries, and using his I-pad to stay in touch with those he loved.

Bill was a fan of people. He took a genuine interest in everybody he met and would take time to get to know them, their background and their family. He was a beloved member of the “Great Generation” who has left us all with many wonderful memories. He will be greatly missed.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents (Kenneth and Agnes)  His Wife (Patricia Mosholder), (Ratie Moore), his sister and brother in law (Merle and Therese McKinley), and step-son Jack Moore, step-grandchildren, Morrie and Ethan Lowe

He is survived by his children Mike (Kathy) Tom (Irene) and Rick (Marilou) Mosholder, Amy Merry (Tom), Nicole Mosholder (Chris), Step-daughter Cindy Lowe (Pat), Stepson Roger Moore.  14 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 East High St., Mount Vernon on April 15, 2021 from 5-7 pm.   A vigil service will follow the visitation.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 16, 20221 at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.  Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.

The Funeral Mass will be available on YouTube by searching Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Mount Vernon.

In lieu of flowers consider a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Church or the Salvation Army. (he loved the church and was known to ring bells during the holidays for the Salvation Army)

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  • Rich and Amy and family,

    Sorry for your loss of your father. He was a great guy. My prayers will be with the family of Judge Mosholder.

    Jeff and Susan

  • Praying for you all as you adjust to his new address in Heaven! He left quite a mark on so many, including us! His sense of humor was so memorable as was his creative engineering and biking skills! He will be missed but what a joyous party they had when he arrived in heaven! Love and hugs! Mary Ellen and Mark Merry ❤

  • Nicole, I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful father. I am sure that you will have great memories of him to assist you in your grief.

  • Amy and family….what a terrific guy and a honor to know him. I have many fond memories that I will cherish ! He truly was a member of the greatest generation. Peace to you all, much love.

  • The judge was a man of great wit and wisdom. He was a friend to my father, George, Sr. and all the Breithaupt family. He will be remembered for his friendship and sense of humor. Rest in peace, Bill!

  • Rick, Marilou and family,
    May the wonderful memories of your dear father, Bill, warm your heart with each passing day.

  • I had the privilege of riding a bicycle around the perimeter of Florida with “Judge Bill” in 1989 as part of The Wandering Wheels group. He kept our group’s spirits up, and the rest breaks were made especially enjoyable with good conversations with Bill. He never failed to enjoy meeting someone and saying, “Would you like to see a picture of my pride and joy?” Then he would pull out his wallet and produce the snapshot of bottles of floor cleaner (Pride) and dishwashing liquid (Joy) sitting side by side. I am blessed to have had the experience of sharing that journey with Bill for a few hundred wonderful miles.

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