Kent Spilde, 68, of Lake Norden, S.D., died Aug. 29, 2020, at his rural home after a long illness.
He was born March 21, 1952, at Volga to Ralph and Evalynn (Kent) Spilde and was welcomed home by his sister Kay. Kent lived on the family farm his whole life.
He was baptized at the Congregational Church in Badger and confirmed at the Badger Lutheran Church. Kent attended elementary school in Badger and high school in Arlington, graduating in 1970. Kent married Carolyn Miller on Oct. 16, 1971, at the Badger Lutheran Church. To this union, two children were born.
Kent lived his entire life on the farm where he spent countless hours with his livestock and working in his shop on different projects. He was employed at the Lake Norden Creamery and later at Twin City Fan in Brookings. At retirement Kent and Carolyn became snowbirds, and Gulf Shores, Ala. became their winter home. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and watching their activities, taking walks on the beach, eating tacos, planting the spring crop, gardening and supplying the neighbors with fresh vegetables.
Kent is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his son, Matthew (Shelly) Spilde of Clear Lake; his daughter, Holly (Robby) Fischer of Roscoe; grandchildren, Shiann Spilde, Curt Spilde, Grant Fischer and Jillian Fischer; sister, Kay (Frank Gentry) Burnison of Apple Valley, Minn. and many nieces, nephew and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Evalynn.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Badger Lutheran Church in Badger with Pastor David Patterson officiating. Burial will be in the Badger City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Johnson-Henry Funeral Home in Arlington and preceding services in the church on Thursday.