About Art


My name is Art Rusche. I have a older and young sister, Joyce and Peggy. 

My parents, Johan and Conny Rusche,  were both Dutch Nationalists born in The Dutch East Indies, now known as Indonesia.

My DNA tests show I’m 75% Northern Europe/Scandinavian and 25% Indonesian heritage.


My father was born in Solo on the island of Java and my mother was born in Banda-Ache on the island of Sumatra. They were Dutch colonists and married just before WWII. My dad was an aerial photographer for the Dutch Army. Upon the Empire of Japan invasion of Indonesia, my dad became a Prisoner Of War for 1215 days. See more at https://RuscheFamily.com After the war they were forced to flee from Indonesia in 1949 back to The Netherlands.

The Netherlands

I was born in ‘s-Gravenhage also known as Den Haag or The Hague. I lived there until I was 5 years old when our family immigrated to the United States of America. The Rusche family was sponsored by The First Baptist Church of Olympia, through the World Council of Churches. On February 20, 1961, we arrived by a Holland-America ship, The Ryndam to New York City and were admitted on a K-14 class VISA, Netherlands National Refugee from Indonesia“.


My dad Johan, starts, “Johan’s Radio Repair” inside Modern TV in Olympia. Johan was one of the first technicians to learn transistor technology and was the place to go for transistor radio repair.

In 1966 we became citizens of the United States of America.  Johan, Conny and Joyce were naturalized and Art and Peggy were “Derivatives of Naturalization”. We were then able to sponsor my mom’s mother, Anna Minke Herrebrugh to America!

Peggy and I attended Garfield Elementary, Jefferson Junior High and Olympia High School.

I was a newspaper boy for The Daily Olympian from 1968-1974, where I received several awards and the Gannett Publishing Company scholarship.



Washington State University, Pullman Washington September 1974 – May 1979
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
FORTRAN Programming / 8080 8-bit microprocessor programming
2 years in Rogers Hall / 3 years at P-49 Columbia Village
Rogers Orton dining hall sculley worker
Quarter Pounder Research Committee at The Coug

I enjoyed the collage life and met many life-long friends. It wasn’t easy but after graduation I obtained a job in the Structures Lab of Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Seattle. It was my dream job as a child always driving by Boeing Field.

Boeing Test & Evaluation

The Boeing Company – Seattle, Washington
July 1979 – Retired June 2016 (37 years) 

  • Principle Lead Engineer
    Boeing Test & Evaluation – Puget Sound Structural Test Labs
    Test Instrumentation, Data and Control Systems. Remote Test Monitoring.
  • 757 Aft Body Major Fatigue Test Instrumentation lead
    •  Operated TCS-3, a DEC PDP-8i based Test Control System
      Octal boot with paper tape reader.
  • Bird Gun Windshield Strike Tests in Tulalip
    • Operated a 16 track data tape recorder
      Operated chicken speed trap
  • Many Nose and Main Landing Gear tests
  • Structural Test Instrumentation Test Lead for 25 years
    727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, 787, ISS, B1-B, B2, P-8A, 737MAX
  • Instrumentation Expert – Work Placement Assessment group
    Traveled the world assessing other testing groups.
  • Lead the Structural Test Technical Working Group for the Boeing Enterprise



  • Developed the labs first Digital Data Acquisition System (DDAS)
    Read digital data from Digital Dial Indicator Gauges using Lotus 123 Measurements.
    Processed and calculated the data to graphically display “real-time” bending and torsion measurements.
  • Webmaster for dozens of Boeing Intranet sites through the years
  • Developed one of the first web sites on the Boeing Intranet.
    Webmaster for the Structures Labs at inception to my retirement.


  • Deputy Director West Corridor Community Relations
  • Engineering Division Campaign Director – Boeing Employees Good Neighbor Fund
  • “Can-Do!” The Boeing Food & Essentials mascot



June 24, 2016

Retirement after 37 year of service at The Boeing Company!
Still Sleepless In Seattle!!


San Juans Boating, I Heart Radio Fest Las Vegas, Food Lifeline, MLS Cup 2016, Whistler


Whistler, Winter Special Olympics, Food Lifeline, Coachella 2017, Camping, Boating, VanCity, Bumbershoot, Amsterdam, The Hague, Rome, Arnhem, Rolling Stones, Lab Rat Lunches, MLS Cup in Toronto, Hundreds of bands seen!!


Whistler, Victoria, USA Special Olympics in Seattle, San Juans boating, Seattle Reign FC, WNBA Finals in Seattle, Point Brown Ocean Shores


Snow, New Deck, Winter Special Olympics in Seattle, Coachella 2019, Seafair, Point Brown, Mt Rainier National Park hiking and camping, Olympia High School Class of 74 45th Reunion, MLS Cup Rally


Leavenworth, Winter Special Olympics, Silver Firs Skiing, Point Brown, Lake Washington boat cruises, Mt Rainier at Sunrise Camp, Food Lifeline


Food Lifeline, Sliver Firs Skiing, Poesja,  Sounders FC, OL Reign, Seahawks, The Monkees, Foo Fighters, Polachek, Lab Rats


Food Lifeline, Kraken, OL Reign, Sounders, Eilish, Dua Lipa, Clairo, McCartney, Sunrise MRNP, Coachella 2022


Food Lifeline, Special Olympics, Silver Firs Skiing, Coachella 2023, Leavenworth Summer Theater, Ol Reign, Sounders FC, Caroline Polachek, Cape Alave Hiking, Taylor Swift, Blue Angels, Whales, Cousin Lorraine, NWSL Finals in San Diego, OHS Gatherings


Planning for my 50th High School Reunion
Coachella 2024


Places I’ve visited: