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“Allen and family,We are so sorry for your loss. Lela was a wonderful lady and the 4 of us had lots of fun back in those ND days. She will surely be...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Gerry and Cathy Bass - Brookings, SD

“We have such fond memories of your years in Crosby. Lela was an amazing woman. Love to you and your family. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Darrel and Betty Sandberg - ND

“I did not know her well, but what I did know was that she was a strong, inspirational woman. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Nancy Pride

“I am so sorry for your family's loss! All our love and prayers to your family during this time of loss. Love you all....Karris, Kasey, Allison,...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Darla Lansing - Sedalia, MO

“Allen, I was so sorry to hear the news of Lela passing. My heart aches for all of you...Heaven has been Blessed Darlene, Lela and I were very close...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Elaine VanSlyke. (Leslie) - OR

“Allen and family. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone. Enjoyed sitting with you and Lela at the school reunion. Very nice lady. Marilyn ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Marilyn pike - Rapid City, SD

“Our prayers are with you all. Jesus understands. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Mary snd Floyd Lepoidevin - MT

“We extend our sympathy to you, Allen and are praying for you. We have great memories of our times together in Minnesota. Lela was so fun to be with...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Larry and Ruth LEPoidevin - Mesa, AZ

“Lela was certainly an angel here on earth, heaven now has one of the best! She touched so many lives during her lifetime. May all the special...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Donna Harrison - Sioux Falls, SD

“Lela, you were always very special to me. I so loved our coffee time together. I will miss you deeply. Heaven as certainly gained an angel. To Allen...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Alice Miner - Gregory, SD


Lela Mae (Wetzler) Bouslaugh was born July 22, 1939 at Burke, South Dakota to Rudolph and Lydia (Layh) Wetzler. The Lord called Lela to her heavenly home on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Avera Rosebud Country Care Center in Gregory at 77 years of age.

Lela, the youngest of eight children, grew up on the family farm near Herrick. Her family were members of the German Congregational Church near Carlock until the church closed. She attended elementary school in Herrick and graduated in 1957 from Burke High School.

For many of her younger years she had osteomyelitis of the jaw bone. This caused her a great deal of suffering. With God's touch and a surgical procedure she recovered in her later teens.

Her first job was at the Northwestern Security National Bank in Gregory. She worked in the old bank and later the new bank which is presently Bankwest. She loved her work. After marriage she worked in the bank at Murdo, as a bookkeeper at an Exxon Station in Montana, and was the head bailiff in Divide County North Dakota where she also assisted in jury selection and was employed in the Clerk of Courts office. A friend asked her to work part-time in a restaurant and she was surprised how much she enjoyed it, meeting people and picking on all the coffee drinkers.

She was united in marriage to Allen Bouslaugh on November 27, 1964 in Gregory, SD.

To this union two children were born: James and Lealyn. She truly loved her family and had a real sense of pride concerning them. Allen and Lela began their married life at Murdo, SD. They served Assemblies of God churches in Minnesota, Montana, Colorado, North Dakota, Iowa, and South Dakota.

Music was a huge part of Lela's life and ministry. She conducted choirs, presenting holiday cantatas as well as arranging patriotic and other musical programs. She was an excellent pianist, organist, and accordianist. She and Allen sang duets often. She also loved to sing with or accompany any size musical group.

She also loved flowers and yard work. To her it was "therapy." Most dandelions knew they were in danger when she was in charge. She was known for the walks she took. She would say, "Allen won't walk with me because he can't keep up!"

In 2008 she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and following surgery was given chemo therapy. In the years following she had cancer in five or six areas of her body. She suffered a great deal but always said that God is in charge and "We'll make it!"

Besides her parents, Lela was preceded in death by her brothers, Harold and Alfred Wetzler, and three sisters, Lorene Jensen, Leona Faust, and Irma Wells.

She is survived by her husband Allen of Gregory, son James (Laura) Bouslaugh, daughter Lealyn Cook. Also five grandchildren: Garrett, Allison, Kasey, and Karris Bouslaugh and Jace Cook, all of Sedalia, MO.

She is also survived by two sisters: Laura Odenbach of Billings, MT and Esther Krueger of Fort Collins, CO, two sisters-in-law, Pat Wetzler of Herrick and Betty Wortman of Gregory, brother-in-law, Leonard Krueger of Fort Collins, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

It is finished...her battle is over...and Jesus is Lord!

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Funeral services for Lela Bouslaugh of Gregory were held Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Gregory, SD with Pastor Mark Wetzler officiating. A prayer service was held Tuesday evening at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home with Gary Jacobsen officiating.

Music was provided by James Bouslaugh, pianist, and Mark & Debra Wetzler, singing "Where the Roses Never Fade" and "What a Day That Will Be." Congregational hymn was "God Be with You Till We Meet Again."

Gwen Holmberg and Sandy Wetzler were in charge of registration and flowers.

Casket Bearers were Garrett Bouslaugh, Garry Wetzler, Cory Wetzler, John Jacobsen, Don Wells, and Dwight Odenbach.

Interment was in the Graceland Cemetery, Burke, SD.