Saturday, November 18, 2023 7:46 pm
William (Bill) Spilde, age 85, of Decorah, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, at home with family by his side.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023, at Decorah Lutheran Church, 309 Winnebago Street, Decorah, with Rev. Peter Kowitz presiding. The burial will follow at the Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the church on Saturday morning.
Bill Spilde was born on Nov. 17, 1938, in Decorah, the son of Leonard and Florence (Engen) Spilde. Bill attended country schools and graduated from Decorah High School in 1957. Bill met Nancy Brynsaas in grade school and went on to marry Nancy on Aug. 24, 1958, at Canoe Ridge Lutheran Church in rural Decorah. Together they raised three sons and two daughters.
Bill started working at age 12 on family farms and then in high school, he worked for Monson’s Service Station and then for his uncle Gavin at Spilde Body Shop. When starting his married life, he became a dairyman at Winneshiek County Farm for 6 years and then moved to Decorah to work as the produce manager at K&S and later Jack & Jill grocery. Bill purchased BrightSpot CarWash in 1981 and built a second carwash in 1985. In 2001, Bill retired from the carwash business and went to work at Uusgaard and Smith and NAPA. As a member of Decorah Lutheran Church, he enjoyed volunteering as an usher, money counter, and plowing snow for the church.
Bill was a hard worker, but more importantly, a family man. In his free time, he enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandkids, and great grandkids. He was blessed with many nieces and nephews that he loved to keep up with as well. Bill also loved square dancing and polka dancing. Bill was an avid race car fan and enjoyed Decorah’s Saturday night races. He enjoyed card club and being involved with Bluff Country Cruisers.
Left to honor Bill’s memory: his wife of 65 years, Nancy. His children: Luann (Tom) Ward, Mark (Teresa) Spilde, Steve (Julie) Spilde, Dan (Samantha) Spilde, and Lisa (Dwayne) Lundtvedt. Grandkids: Heather Ward, Kristina (Easton) Kuboushek, Sarah (Bill) Weisert, Nathan (Ciara) Ward, Melissa Ward; Ben (Maria) Spilde, Brian (Heidi) Spilde; Taylor (Matt) Amundson, Annie (Derek) Halweg; Hailey (Dustin) Carolan, Hunter (Samantha) Spilde; Janaye, Jenna, Jayden Lundtvedt. Great Grandkids: Knox Kuboushek; Jack and Max Spilde; Mason and Mia Spilde; Cason, Holden, and Hallie Amundson; Addison Halweg; Kipton and Cali Carolan; Myla Spilde. Siblings: Lillian (Wayne) Schmieden; Al (Marge) Spilde; Robert (Karen) Spilde; Jim (Sharon) Spilde; Lester Spilde; Wanda (Paul) Watts; Darlene Ellingson; Ione (Don) Nesteby; Wes (Deloris) Spilde. Brother-In-Law: Robert (Elaine) Brynsaas
Preceded in death by: Parents Leonard and Florence Spilde; brothers Fritz (Carol) Spilde and Curtis Spilde; sister Judy Engen; grandson Andy Spilde; in-Laws Norman and Mae Brynsaas