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Gary Bouska

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Gary John Bouska age 69, of New Hampton, IA, died Monday, January 30, 2023, at his home surrounded by his family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 3, 2023, at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Rev. Nick Radloff celebrating the Mass. Interment will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery, New Hampton. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 2, 2023, at Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton where there will be a time at 7:30 p.m. for sharing of memories. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Friday. Gary was welcomed into the world by his parents, Clifford and Arlene (Hackman) Bouska, on November 8, 1953, at the old St. Joseph's Hospital in New Hampton, but he grew up on a farm a couple of miles south of Waucoma. He grew up helping his parents on their farm, milking cows and doing all kinds of chores, and received his education at a Catholic school in Waucoma before transferring to North Fayette High School, where he was a member of the Class of 1972. Gary worked as a welder for much of his life — first for Wegner Welding and then putting up silos for Phillips and B&P Silos, often working 60 to 80 feet above the ground, and he'd always remind his family that "I put that silo up" when they drove by farms. He met Susan Rosonke at a friend's birthday party in 1975, and the two hit it off almost immediately. They were married on May 27, 1978, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Hampton. The Bouskas had three sons — Jeremy, Travis and Kyle — who had a dad who was always the life of the party. They were his sidekicks on a lot of weekends when he went "junking" or during the week when he'd head off to play in the local pool league. As they grew older, they became golf buddies. Well, actually, Gary became their golf buddy because after driving Jeremy umpteen times to Raleigh Hill, he decided he might as well join in the fun. Gary had many interests. He was a member of MOPAR, a car club based out of Mason City. He loved buying and selling cars, as long as they were Dodges, Plymouths or Chryslers! He loved a good card game, especially that Bouska favorite, "Smear." He loved getting together with the guys to play pool, golf and tell stories. He was a member at Raleigh Hill and, after that club closed, he joined Plum Creek Golf Course in Fredericksburg. And he was the best "trickster." Just ask his kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews! Gary was a heck of a father, but he was the best grandpa, and he loved spending time with his three grandchildren. Gary lived a full life, one that was based on his time. Gary's saying was "on time is when I get there!" All those whose lives he touched will miss waiting to see what prank he was going to pull or what he would say next, but he gave them so many memories that they will cherish forever. He is survived by his wife of almost 45 years, Sue Bouska of New Hampton; two sons, Jeremy (Danielle) Bouska of New Hampton, and Kyle (Jocelyn) Bouska of New Hampton; his three grandchildren, McKaia and Jaxton Bouska and Alex Henderson; three brothers, Alan (Jan) Bouska of Mason City, David (Sue) Bouska of Cedar Rapids, and Paul (Amy) Bouska of Iowa City; three sisters, Jean (Ron) Franzen of Fort Atkinson, Ann (John) Wunder of Muscatine, and Denise (Jim) Ryant of Calmar; one brother-in-law, Duane (Marilyn) Franzen of Denver; mother-in-law, LaVonne Rosonke of New Hampton; brothers-in-law, Tom (Paula) Rosonke, Dan (Karen) Rosonke, Joe (Jean) Rosonke all of New Hampton; sister-in-law; Sandy (Ken) Long of Rochester, and many nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his parents; son, Travis in 2020; two sisters, Kay Bouska and Joan Franzen; father-in-law, Francis Rosonke; and a nephew, Blake Rosonke.

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  1. We our so sorry for your loss! Gary has touched so many people and will definitely be missed. Prayers to you all!
    Love Billy and Dawn Edgar

  2. My deepest sympathies to the family. Gary was the nicest man. I loved visiting with him. He will be missed.

  3. Sue, I am so sorry for the loss of Gary. He was always cheerful and willing to chat. It’s been a long time, but I remember him fondly. My deepest sympathy to you, Jeremy, Kyle and the entire family.

  4. Thinking of you all. Cherish the memories and stories that made Gary the truly loving person he was. He was my path into the Mopar world as a teenager, where I learned alot from him. He was always willing to share his knowledge and guide a young person.

  5. Thoughts and prayers to all of Gary’s family. He was a special person, never a bad word and always happy. I am sure he made many memories with his family. Remember them with a smile.
    Randy and Mary Jane Leach

  6. So sad to hear of Gary’s passing! Thoughts and prayers to the entire Bouska family. He will be missed by many. 💙

  7. Sending our condolences and prayers to the family. May your cherished memories help you through this difficult time.
    Paul & Terri Rosonke and family

  8. Very shocking to hear this. One of my favorite, pleasant customers who was regular at Casey’s. Always a good morning or afternoon with a big friendly smile. My deepest sympathy to Gary’s family and friends.

  9. I’m so very sorry 💔He was luved by many❤️ Have some for all of us my friend 💔😢💔😢

  10. Sue and Family, so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He just loved to visit with anyone and everyone! He touched so many hearts and will be dearly missed. Thinking of you all.

  11. Rip buddy! Prayers sent to Sue and the boys! He always called me blonde he was a very good man and he will be missed!

  12. So Sorry For Your Loss! It’s Very Sad When We Have To Say Good Bye To One So Very Special!! However It’s A Comfort To Know He Is At Peace And No More Suffering.

  13. So sorry to hear this, great guy, I remember all the good times at Raleigh Hills. May gods peace and grace be with your family

  14. So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Super nice guy that will be remembered and missed by many. ❤️ Heartfelt condolences being sent to Sue and family.

  15. Sympathies to the Bouska families & all extended family. Gary was always great to visit with he will be missed.

  16. Our deepest sympathies to the families. He was such a good guy with a story to tell. He will be missed. 🙏

  17. Sending thoughts and prayers to Gary’s family and friends. Such a wonderful kind hearted man. So sorry to hear of his passing. Hugs to all.

  18. Sending our deepest sympathy to all of Gary’s family. Gary had a heart of gold and we always enjoyed our chats with him. Thinking of you all during this very difficult time.

  19. Sue and all the Bouska family, I’m so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Gary all those years ago. He was always smiling, joking and fun to be around. He was a very good man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Mike Poncelet

  20. Sue, Kyle, Jeremy & families , so sorry to hear about Gary…I’ve known Gary & his family since I was a child …remembering he had a really cool car in my teen years!! He always had a big smile, liked to tell stories & was always so nice …💜

  21. Thinking of your family during this difficult time and faith, family, and friends will help ease the pain. Prayers and hugs are sent to you.

  22. So sorry for you loss. I remember him always having fun! He would give us a hard time when were little and still did while running into him as adults. Sending prayers. 🙏🏻

  23. Sue and family, Sending my sincere sympathy. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers

  24. Sue and boys – thinking of you guys. Gary was always a pleasure to visit with – and a good neighbor when we lived by you. Gone too soon – but he clearly made an impression on many. Our sincere condolences to you all.
    Dave and Kathy Boss

  25. Sending our sympathies to the family. Gary always had a smile on his face and he loved to play golf and cards. Members of Plum Creek golf course will really miss him. Jack and Marcia Schult

  26. Sue and Family, Sorry for your loss Gary was always fun to golf with as he shared talks with other golfers he hadn’t seen in a while, Sending prayers.

  27. God’s blessing to all of you. Rely on friends, family, love and memories to help you through this difficult time. ✝️

  28. Such a great man. Cherish the memories and hold them close. All of us that knew him will do the same. May he rest in peace until we see him again. All our prayers to his family. Jeanne and David Roder

  29. Our condolences go out to all of the family. Roger welded with him when we first moved to New Hampton. Gary was always joking and having fun. Great guy, short life.

  30. Sue and Family, So very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Our prayers and sympathy to all of you.
    Leon and Nancy Wegner.

  31. Yes, Gary did give us so many memories that we certainly will cherish. He’s been a part of our life for more than 50 years. Those we love are never really lost to us, for their special love lives on. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May those precious memories carry you through difficult times. Love always.

    Harry & Donna Walton

  32. Our condolences to the Bouska family on the loss of Gary. May the love and memories you’ve shared give you comfort. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Dan and Carolyn Shaw

  33. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Ryan, Jamie, Erin, and Ella Steege

  34. Sue and boys , I am so sorry for the passing of Gary. I have known Gary all my life. I have so many good memories of us . He had such a big heart and a smile that would light up a room. I will especially remember all of our Labor Day golf tournaments we had so much fun. I will keep my memories of him in my heart forever. My prayers go out to you all. Much love Tom and Marla Green

  35. Prayers and condolences to the entire Bouska family on such a huge loss. Gary always had a smile and a story to share.
    Steve and Diana (Klotz) Poncelet

  36. Sue and family, we are saddened with the loss of Gary. Lots of good golf memories with Tom and school days with Sue. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Gary.

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