Kent Spilde, 68 of Lake Norden, SD died Saturday, August 29, 2020 at his rural farm home after a long illness.

Kent Edward Spilde was born March 21, 1952 at Volga, SD 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 attended high school in Arlington graduation in 1970.  Kent married Carolyn Miller on October 16, 1971 at the Badger Lutheran Church, to this union two children were born a son Matt and a daughter Holly.

Kent’s heart was always at the farm.  He lived there his whole life and it was where he wanted to be when it was his time to go.  He spent countless hours with his livestock and working in his shop on different projects.  He was employed at the Lake Norden Creamery and then at Twin City Fan in Brookings.  At retirement Kent and Carolyn decided that as much as they loved the farm the South Dakota winters were not so much fun, so they became snowbirds, Gulf Shores, Alabama became their winter home.  Kent loved to sit on the balcony and look at the ocean and go for walks on the beach.  He also knew where to go and find a taco for supper.  When returning home in the spring the farmer in him needed to plant the crop.  Kent had three very large gardens that he would plant and tend to all summer.  Kent and Carolyn ate as much as they could from the bumper crop but also supplied all the neighbors with many fresh vegetables.

Kent loved to spend time with his grandchildren.  Always teaching them new things or generally helping them get into mischief.  He kept the 4-wheeler tuned up so the grandkids could create a race track.  He always had waffles in the freezer to feed them breakfast.  He loved watching them in all their activities, such as barrel racing, tractor pulling. setting up Halloween decorations or going to dance recitals. Wherever there was a parade or a camper Kent would be there.

Kent is survived by his wife, Carolyn, his son Matthew (Shelly) Spilde of Clear Lake, SD and his daughter Holly (Robby) Fischer of Roscoe, SD; grandchildren Shiann Spilde, Curt Spilde, Grant Fischer and Jillian Fischer.  Sister, Kay (Frank Gentry) Burnison of Apple Valley, MN and many many nieces, nephew and cousins.

Kent is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Evalynn.

Funeral services for Kent Spilde will be at 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 3, 2020 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 pm on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at the Johnson-Henry Funeral Home in Arlington and preceding services in the church on Thursday.

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