William “Bill” Dean Mostek, 62, passed away 3 Sep 11, in Bonners Ferry. Bill was born 28 Jan 49, in Sandpoint, to Leonard and Elizabeth Mostek. He grew up and attended schools in Bonners Ferry, graduating high school in 1967. Three days after his graduation, Bill went to work at Boeing in Seattle, where he worked until enlisting in the Army in June 1968. Bill served his country for three years, first as a crew chief and then cross-training as a medic transporting wounded soldiers in an UH1H air ambulance. He received 14 air medals and four Bronze Stars for his service.
In 1986, Bill married the love of his life and lifetime friend Lynn Truesdell, and formed their family with her son Jason Whittaker. Bill worked at the Co-op and then scaled logs for 30 years. He helped most of the scalars in this area, as well as the local cub scouts, learn how to identify species and scale. Every year that Bill taught the cub scouts they took first place in the state competition.
Bill is a member of the Disabled American Veterans and volunteered to assist veterans in Boundary County with needs such as purchasing wheelchairs and food. Bill has also belonged to the Lions Club, Eagles, VFW, and the American Legion. Bill loved his family with unconditional love. Bill and Lynn also loved hunting for firewood and spent many hours looking for rocks with faces in them. Bill loved to dance and enjoyed nights sitting on his deck.