Ernest Busboso

- May 31, 2024

Ernest “Buz” Busboso of Locust Dale passed away on May 31, 2024, at his home Durham Ridge. Buz was born on July 6, 1933, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was predeceased by his father Pedro Busboso, mother Pascala Bodiongan Busboso, and brother Stephen Busboso.

He is survived by his beloved wife Jean Durham Busboso (63 years); sister Nanie Wolfe of Ewa Beach, Hawaii; nephew Ernest Busboso; God-child Barbara Henry; and wonderful nieces and nephews.

Buz attended Farrington High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was Vice President of Student Government his senior year. Upon graduation he enlisted in the USA Air Force and spent four years there. He graduated from Indiana Tech in 1959 with a BS degree in electrical engineering. He was employed by Melpar and AeroGeoAstro, Consulted and Designers as an electronics engineer, working on defense and space programs. In 1969 he joined NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and worked on the satellite payloads, rocket payloads, space shuttle payloads as an electronics engineer and Verification Manager. Buz also participated in the initial concept for the space station and the investigation of the destruction of the Challenger.

His most memorial project was the one called The Getaway Special (Gas). In cooperation with students from Utah State University, he designed an apparatus to contain their experiments which was to go in the Maiden voyage of the Space Shuttle Columbia on June 27, 1982. “Donated by Mr Gil Moore, a Morton Thiokal Executive, and managed by NASA Technical Manager Ernest Busboso carried 10 student experiments in the standard 5 cubic-foot canister and launched the successful small self-contained payload program that has spanned 20 years.

His work took him to many places-California, Florida, Canada, Peru, and Wallops Island, Maryland.

He had a lovely speaking voice and was often called upon to do readings. He also did calligraphy. Buz enjoyed golf, tennis, watching sports on TV, the family dogs and cats.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 15, 2024, at 11:00 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Madison, VA. Refreshments will be provided in the fellowship hall afterwards. In honor of his Hawaiian heritage, if you have an aloha shirt and would like to, please wear it.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to an animal rescue or shelter of your choice.

Interment will be private at the Culpeper National Cemetery.