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June 7, 1936 – Saturday, June 1, 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.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Kim Kruzel

    I was so sad to hear about your Mom & Dad. I remember my girls (andyour other daycare kids) loved having Lila come over to help you or fill in for you – she was always so very kind to the kids. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Mark, Kim, Danielle & Josie

  2. Abby Holan

    We love you and miss you Grandma and Grandpa<3 Wish you had the opportunity to meet your first great-great-grandchildren. Caleb Joseph your first great-great-grandchild was born July 19th, 2013 exactly one month after your 60th wedding anniversory which was June 19th, 2013. The name Caleb was chosen in honor of the 3 of our grandparents that passed away while I was pregnant with him. Cathy, Arnold, Lila! C-A-L! but I know you're both watching down over us, and I will tell them everything there is to know about you guys!! I love you both and miss you both very much! Because of the two of you, I know that true love exists and I know what real unconditional love means! Rest in peace!


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