Willard Spilde, 1922-2018

Published 1:00 am Saturday, May 19, 2018

Funeral services for Willard H. Spilde, 96, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church. The Revs. Shane Koepke and Milt Ost will officiate. Interment will be at Lakewood Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by local veterans organizations. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church Monday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

Willard Spilde

Willard died Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea.

Willard Spilde was born March 22, 1922, in Northwood, the son of Reinert and Gunda (Fredrickson) Spilde. He attended Our Saviors Lutheran School in Albert Lea.

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Willard began working at Wilson & Co. and then enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in the Pacific Theater for 3 1/2 years during World War II. After his discharge, he went back to Wilson & Co. until his retirement in 1980.

On Jan. 9, 1948, Willard married Alice Peak at First Lutheran Parsonage. He loved taking rides in his car, spending time at the library, walking at the mall and traveling. Willard was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Willard is survived by his wife, Alice; daughter, Sharon (Ray) Dale; granddaughter, Christine (Brandon) Schrader; great-granddaughter, Charlotte; brother, Floyd Spilde; sister-in-law, Twila Norton; and many nieces and nephews.

Willard was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Eleanor Godtland and Helen McDaniels; nephews David Peak, Larry Spilde and David Godtland; and many other extended family members.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Grace Lutheran furnace fund.