We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Staunton Location
Terry Mosser, 73, of Staunton, Illinois passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2022 at
Community Hospital of Staunton. Born in Alton, IL on September 22, 1948, Terry was
the son of Carl and Selma (Schnaare) Mosser. Terry graduated from Staunton High
School in 1966 and then attended SIUE. Until 1969, Terry lived and worked in St. Louis
teaching private piano lessons and playing piano at bar mitzvahs, weddings and
Terry served in the US Army from 1969 – 1971, stationed at Ft Belvoir, VA and played
clarinet in the 75 th US Army Band. He also played in a local area band and taught piano
lessons. It was during this time that he met Eleanor Phipps. He and Eleanor were
married August 16, 1970 in Baltimore, MD.
Following his honorable discharge from the US Army, he and Eleanor worked together
in a show band that traveled through many parts of the US. In 1974, they settled in
Deerfield, IL. During the 24 years that they lived in Deerfield, Terry’s exceptional
carpentry skills kept him busy as a sought-after finish carpenter. He continued to teach
piano lessons and he and Eleanor continued to play in a show band as often as
In 1998, Terry and Eleanor moved back to Staunton, where Terry built their self
designed home. Terry continued his carpentry work and music career after the move
back to Staunton. Terry’s innate piano skills allowed him to substitute in many area
bands, including Men in Heat. Terry also served as organist at several area churches,
including the First United Methodist Church in Staunton. Terry was a member of the Tri-
County Musicians’ Union, Local No. 88.
Terry cherished his time with his family and friends, especially if that time included
making music and he always completed the Sunday cross word puzzles.
One of Terry’s greatest pleasures was working with the directors and students in the
choral department at Staunton Community Unit School District. He served as
accompanist at many choral concerts as well as solo contests.
Terry was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, James Biggerstaff.
He is survived by his wife Eleanor, sister Tami Biggerstaff of Urbandale, IA, sister-in-law
Thelma Phipps of Deerfield, IL nieces Tara Elkin and Marissa Brown of Des Moines and
their families, life-long friends and cousins Eugene Roehl of Troy, IL and his family,
Nancy Goldasich of Staunton and her family, several more dear cousins and many dear
friends and God children.
Graveside services and a celebration of Terry’s life will be held at a later date. Interment
will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton. Arrangements are under the direction of
Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton.
In honor of Terry’s lifelong commitment to music education, memorials in his honor will
be designated to the choral department at Staunton Community Schools, 108 W. Henry St. Staunton, IL 62088.
Choral Department of Staunton Unit Schools
108 W. Henry St., Staunton IL 62088