Edward Charles Hanousek, Sr.

Edward Charles Hanousek, Sr., former Skagway resident and mayor, died of natural causes on March 2, 2008, in Mount Vernon, Washington.
The youngest of eight children of Charles and Emma Hanousek, Ed was born and raised in Snohomish, Washington.
Ed came to Nome, Alaska in 1937 and went to work for Alaska Gold Dredge. He moved to Skagway in 1939 and began his employment with White Pass and Yukon Railroad. From 1941 to 1947, he was enlisted in the United States Navy. When Ed completed his military tour of duty, he returned to Skagway where he met and married Mary Jane, his wife of 55 years.
He served as Skagway’s mayor for several terms and initiated the popular “Clean Sweep” program and instituted concrete sidewalks along State Street. The city also named the former Hanousek Park in Ed’s honor.
Ed retired as superintendent of White Pass and Yukon Railroad in 1982 and relocated to Camano Island, Washington where he enjoyed gardening, farming, and raising cattle.
He was preceded in death by his parents, seven siblings and son, Jerry. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; son, Gary; son, Ed, Jr. and wife, Wanda; son, Brett and wife, Valorie; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service to celebrate Ed’s life will be held at a future date. – Submitted by the family