Edward L. Bouska
Forty-five year Mammoth Lakes resident, Edward Bouska, passed away at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage on June 21, 2013 of pancreatic cancer.
Ed, as his friends knew him, was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Dec. 24, 1943 to Carole and William Bouska. During his formative years he lived several places including Iowa, Las Vegas and Casper, Wyo., which he considered to be his home town. He graduated from Natrona County High School in Casper and a few years after graduation, in the mid ’60s, he move to Costa Mesa where is family resided. He first worked at Fairview Hospital in Costa Mesa and later he went into the banking industry where his first job was at Bank of America.
While living in the Ala Moana Apartments in Costa Mesa, which was a young, fun person’s type place, Ed met his future wife, Sue Thompson of Mammoth Lakes. They married on Sept. 24, 1966. In May of 1968 Ed and Sue moved to Mammoth where Sue was raised. Shortly after moving to Mammoth Ed was able to secure a job at Inyo-Mono National Bank where he worked for many years. During that same period of time Ed also volunteered for the Mammoth Lakes Volunteer Fire Department, he was a reserve Deputy for the Mono County Sheriff’s Department and obtained his private pilot’s license. Throughout his life Ed really enjoyed sharing stories of the adventures he had while he was on the Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department and performing acrobatic stunts in airplanes. Something that most people don’t realize, Ed was the announcing voice for Mammoth High School football for about 20 years. Ed also took much pride in his more than 35-year membership to the Bodie Chapter 64 of E. Clampus Vitus a.k.a. “Clampers,” he always felt the sense of brotherhood amongst E.C.V. members was “satisfactory,” “and so recorded.” Later Ed gave up his work in banking and started his own computer business and then spent the rest of his working career as the CFO for Harshbarger Construction Company which later became Rudolph Construction.
After retiring Ed and Sue were lucky enough to be able to spend the winter months in Palm Desert and summers in Mammoth Lakes, which to them was the best of both worlds! Ed most of all enjoyed playing golf, but shortly after his diagnosis he started a “bucket list” which included purchasing a couple of quad ATV’s. He had many pleasurable rides on them with his friends and family over the last 10 months, especially at the Glamis sand dunes.
Ed is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sue; parents, Carole and Bill; daughter, Keri; son, Kevin; grandchildren, Kelsey, Aaron, Stephanie, Evan and Kate; brother, Bill; sisters, Vicki, Kathryn and Marianne; and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a celebration of life for Ed from 2-4 p.m. July 20, 2013 at Pokonobe Lodge on Lake Mary Road.
Remembrances in Ed’s name can be made to the Southern Mono Historical Society, P.O. Box 65, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546.