Lelah Kauk, 95, was born Oct. 20, 1918, in Brady to James R. and Blanche Hill. She was called home on May 6, in Conrad, surrounded by family.

A celebration of Lelah’s life was held May 10 at First Presbyterian Church, interment followed in Hillside Cemetery.

She was raised in Brady and the last surviving member of the 1936 graduating class of Brady High School.

Lelah married her high school sweetheart, Richard C. Kauk, in January of 1939. They armed, ranched and raised a son and daughter on the farm north of Brady. Later they retired to Conrad.

In 1931, at the age of 12, she joined the Brady Methodist Church. As a teenager, she began a 50 year tenure as pianist for church services. Music continued to be an important lifelong love.

She was a member of Eastern Star, Royal Neighbors of America, and served as a Civil Air Patrol participant.

Lelah spent her entire life following and lovingly supporting the sports and various interests of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. “Grandma Lelah”, until almost 90-years-young, provided hot lunches and pre-game meals for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their countless teammates. The good aromas of meals and baked goods produced for family and friends were often in the air.

With the constant ringing of the phone, Lelah’s greatest joy of receiving calls from friends and family was fulfilled every day.

With her amazing caregiver attitude, the greatest gift and legacy left for her family by this petite, gentle lady is how to live life. Following her philosophy of “it is what it is”, in an unspoken manner and exhibiting inner strength, she taught us to positively accept life but to face every challenge with determination and a “can do, make-it-better” will by being the best person you can be.

Lelah is survived by her son, Dr. Richard G. Kauk, DVM (Lynne); her daughter, Cheryl Schlepp (Gordon); 10 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and many more great-great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Elmer Kauk. Life also blessed her to be an aunt and great-aunt to wonderful nephews and nieces.

In heaven she joins her husband, an infant son, her parents and five younger siblings.


Memorials in Lelah’s name may be sent to the Brady United Methodist church or to a charity of the donor’s choice.