Obituary — Douglas Earl Bushousen |

Obituary — Douglas Earl Bushousen


A celebration of life will take place Oct. 3 at Las Vegas, Nev., for Douglas Earl Bushousen, who died Sept. 9, 2003, at South Lake Tahoe. He was 71.

Mr. Bushousen was born May 21, 1932, at Bismarck, N.D. He was a resident of Stateline, Nev., from 1964 to 1990, Minden, Nev., from 1990 to 1998, and Las Vegas since 1998. After leaving high school he worked as a stagehand for NBC. When the Air Force formed the 1354th Video Production Squadron in 1952, he joined and worked in lighting until the squadron disbanded. He was moved to the 5th Photographic Squadron and was involved in motion pictures until he was discharged in 1956. He then returned to NBC. As a member of Local 33 he left NBC to work on stage shows, and in 1964 he was hired by Harrah’s Lake Tahoe as stage manager. During his tenure with Harrah’s he was promoted to entertainment director and vice president of entertainment, working at the corporate level.

In retirement Mr. Bushousen had been an entertainment consultant for Dick Foster Productions in Las Vegas and continued to enjoy hunting, fishing and golfing. He was very active in his churches at Gardnerville, Nev., and Las Vegas. He found a wonderful family of believers who encouraged him through his trials with cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Christa Bushousen of Las Vegas; daughters, Julie Biggs of Reston, Va., and Alisa Jillson of Ft. Worth, Texas; and sisters, Carol Bohom and Wendy Johnson of Goleta, Calif., and Roberta Sweeney of Santa Barbara, Calif. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marian Pillen Leach and stepfather, Robert A. Leach.

A celebration of life will begin at 3 p.m. Oct. 3 at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 920 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas. A time of fellowship will follow. Private inurnment in planned.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to support a local hospice or a charity organization.

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