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November 22, 1931 – Monday, June 3, 2013

Service Information
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN
Monday, June 10, 2013
1:00 P.M.

Visitation Information
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN
Monday, June 10, 2013
12:00 Noon

Arnold N. Spike, age 81 & Lila J. Spike, age 76 of Maple Lake and formerly of rural Buffalo & Minneapolis passed away due to injuries from an automobile accident. Arnold died on June 3rd and Lila on June 1st, 2013.

Arnie was born in Maple Lake Township, Wright County, MN to Gustav & Ruth (Peterson) Spike on November 22, 1931.

He was baptized at Carlslund Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church in rural Buffalo. He was confirmed in the Christian faith at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo.

In 1951, he started working at Ralston Purina in Minneapolis where he stayed until his retirement in 1993.

Arnie enjoyed working in the garden, raising beef & chickens, hunting & fishing. For fifty years, the cabin he built on Platte Lake with the help of family was a favorite gathering place for family and friends.

Lila was born on June 7, 1936 in Young America Township, Carver County to Henry & Amalia (Brelje) Debner.

She was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato, MN. Lila was also confirmed in the Christian faith at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo.

On June 19, 1953, Lila married Arnold Spike at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Buffalo. God blessed their marriage with five children.

Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Minneapolis where they lived until moving to a small hobby farm south of Buffalo in 1970. In 2003 Arnie & Lila moved to Maple Lake.

Lila’s biggest joy in life was her family. Her happiest times were spent with her husband, children and grandchildren. She especially enjoyed holidays when the family gathered at her home.

Arnie & Lila would have celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on June 19, 2013.

Survived by children: Deb (Don) Steiskal of Monticello, Sandy (Doug) Steiskal of Isanti, Larry (Sue) Spike of Buffalo, Lori Schneider of Brainerd and Lisa Spike of St. Michael; eighteen grandchildren and twenty three great grandchildren; many nieces & nephews.

Arnie & Lila were preceded in death by their parents, a son-in-law: Craig Schneider and by a granddaughter: Julie Steiskal. Arnie was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister. Lila was preceded in death by four sisters and a brother.

Funeral services for Arnold & Lila Spike will be held on Monday, June 10th at 1:00 P.M. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo.

Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo.

A visitation will be held on Monday, June 10th one hour prior to services at the church.

Casket Bearers for Lila will be Bob Steiskal, Ben Steiskal, Adam Czanstkowski, Aaron Czanstkowski, Tony Schneider, Larry Gordon.

Casket Bearers for Arnold will be Joe Steiskal, Susie Steiskal, Tabitha Newman, Jeff Schneider, Anthony Czanstkowski and Josh Schneider.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.

6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Roberta monk

    Words cannot express the sympathy that is with you and your family during this very difficult time, Prayers are with you. God Bless

  2. Dee Watts

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. Carol J. Heckmann

    Dear friends,
    I was so shocked and am saddened to hear of Arnie’s and Lila’s deaths. My mother (Mathilda Heckmann) is a cousin of Lila. She and her sister, Bernett, were so looking foward to seeing them at the anniversary. You are all in my prayers as you grieve their loss. May God fill you with peace and the assurance of God’s in the days ahead.
    Carol J. Heckmann

  4. liz and ron schumacher

    So sorry for the loss of them both. They are together in heaven. Will miss seeing them in their garden.

  5. Bruce Varner

    Larry, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom and Dad. Rest aAssured they are in Heaven with their creator.

  6. Linda Maurer

    Lisa, I am so sorry to hear about your parents. I stopped in the store on Saturday to return something and Eric told me. My heart goes out to you and your family. I will be thinking of you on Monday (I have that meeting and then have to go back to work after) but you will be in my thoughts and prayers. We will need to get together some time and talk. Take care, Miss you.


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