Arlen Gale Bouza


April 28, 1932 - May 5, 2015


Arlen Gale Bouza was born April 28, 1932 as the second child to George and Lillian (Varuska) Bouza, at the farm home east of Geddes, SD. He attended country school and Geddes Community High School.  He joined the US Army on Sept. 6, 1949 and received his honorable discharge on April 18, 1952 after serving in the Korean conflict.  After his military discharge Arlen worked pouring cement for the Fort Randall Dam and powerhouse until September 1954.  On March 29, 1954 he married Janyce Arshem. They farmed the family farm east of Geddes until November 1981.  Arlen and Janyce moved to Mitchell, SD, where Arlen was employed at Methodist Hospital as the manager of the laundry department and was voted employee of the month.  He also worked at Queen of Peace Hospital and retired from Trail King as a wood decker in 1994. 

He enjoyed spending his life raising his children, fishing, hunting, and playing cards with family and friends. He especially enjoyed time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arlen is survived by the love of his life for sixty-one years, Janyce, his five children, Connie (Martin) Boettcher, Spencer, NE, Lea (Robert) Sala, Sioux Falls, SD, Robert (Deb) Bouza, Parkston, SD, Debora (DeWayne) Renken, Cottonwood, MN and Kimberly (Scott) Johnson, Lincoln, NE, fourteen grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, one sister, LaDene (Indahl) (Leo) Nelson, Platte SD,  two brothers-in-law,  Don (Elaine) Arshem, Hartford, WI and Richard (Beverly Arshem) Knorr, Craig, CO, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, father and mother-in-law, Jim and Vivian Arshem, brother-in-law, Arnold Indahl and sister-in-law, Beverly (Arshem) Knorr.


Everyone is invited to share in the celebration of Arlen’s life with his family and friends following the graveside service at the First United Methodist Church in Geddes.




None Scheduled


Sunday, May 10, 2015
7:00 PM
Memorial Service
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Military Graveside Service
Pleasant Lawn Cemetery
Monday, May 11, 2015 ~ 11:00 AM
Geddes, South Dakota

Posted by Dave & Patti Maheux on May 9, 2015
Deb, we are thinking of you and you family during this time of sadness. Always keep in mind those best memories and your dad will always be with you.
Posted by Terri Hager on May 8, 2015
Kim & Scott, I am so sorry to hear the news. I have heard you speak about your father often. Keep talking to him and he will always be here.
Posted by Pat(Kriz) Baumberger on May 8, 2015
to the whole family from all of the Emil Kriz Family members, you have our heartfelt sympathy. Your dad was a good neighbor and friend to our dad. It is ironic that I asked for Connie to friend me on FB or else I would not have known he passed. Please keep in touch and you will all be in our prayers.
Posted by Tricia Fish (Heeren) on May 8, 2015
Kim, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Hold on to the All of the Good Memories. Your Dad will be watching from Heaven! Keep your chin up and keep smiling! Crying is ok, too. That just means how much you Loved Your Dad. Our Thoughts & Prayers!
Posted by Sue Como on May 7, 2015
Sorry to hear of your loss. Remember the good times. Prayers to all.
Posted by Pat Helgeland on May 7, 2015
Deb, I was sorry to hear about your Dad. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by The Hakl's on May 7, 2015
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal.
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
+Our thoughts and prayers are with you+
Posted by Ann Johnson on May 7, 2015
hwill surley be missed .I enjoyed working with him at the laundry .He was a lot of fun.My prayers are with you
Posted by Charles Boettcher family on May 7, 2015
Sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Corinne Taute and Marvin Wastell on May 7, 2015
Janyce and family, We are very sorry for your loss! We are praying for all of you.
Posted by Vicki Boening on May 7, 2015
Kim, I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Enjoy your memories. He is still with you and you will think of him so often which will bring a smile to you. It will come. Luv ya guys.
Posted by Anne Butz on May 7, 2015
Lea and family- My prayers are with you all during this difficult time! During these trials when all seems so chaotic remember to "Be still and know that I am God'' says the Lord. Psalm 46:10
Posted by Diane Eichstadt on May 6, 2015
All our prayers to all of Arlen's Family . Love you !
Posted by Sue Vander Heiden on May 6, 2015
So sorry to hear of Arlen's passing. May he rest in peace. I will miss him giving me a bunch of static at the store. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Bonita Rada on May 6, 2015
So sorry to read about Arlens passing, I pray for each one of the family, God bless and take care!
Posted by Sue Vander Heiden on May 6, 2015
So sorry to hear of Arlen's passing. May he rest in peace. I will miss him giving me a bunch of static at the store. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
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