M. JOHN BOSKOVICH 12/16/22 – 01/23/16 John or “Ham”, as he was known to family and friends, passed away peacefully at home Saturday morning. He was surrounded by his family and friends. John was born on December 16, 1922 in Eureka, CA. He lived through Prohibition and the Great Depression. He attended Eureka High School. He was enrolled at Humboldt state when World War Two began. He enlisted in the US Army Air Corps and became a Radio Operator/Engineer. He served in the Pacific Theater and earned an honorable discharge. John always loved people and had the gift of engaging others in spirited conversation. On his return to civilian life he pursued a career in sales. It was a good fit for his gregarious nature. He settled down and married his first love Phyllis and their son, John was born in 1951. In 1956 they moved to Sonoma County and John became a benefits representative for the California State Employees Association or CSEA. He ran as a Democratic Representative for congress in 1974. Politics and social justice were his great passions. He was still interested and engaged in those interests until his passing. After retirement, he volunteered for Becoming Independent and at various schools as a reading tutor. He also enjoyed being part of the Oakmont Play Readers. His mind remained razor sharp to the very end. In 1966, Phyllis and John were blessed with a second child, Kristin who energized and brought him great joy. In 1979, his first wife passed away and he later married Peggy Rudloff who preceded him in death in 1995. He was also preceded in death by his brother Walter. He is survived by his son John and daughter-in-law Estelle Boskovich of Portland, OR., his daughter Kristin and son-in-law Rob Muelrath and his two grandchildren Austin and Avery of Santa Rosa, CA. He is also survived by his long-time companion Josephine Ross of Santa Rosa, CA. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday March 12th at St Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 9000 Sonoma Hwy, in Kenwood, CA at 1:30 PM. Donations may be made in John’s name to: Becoming Independent, The Redwood Empire Food Bank and the Council on Aging. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com under obituaries.
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