Lyle M. Spande, 85, of Austin, died Friday afternoon, Feb. 8, 2013, at Austin Mayo Health Systems.

He was born March 21, 1927, to Herme and Martha (Ekker) Spande at the family farm in Preble Township, Fillmore County, Minn. His father died when Lyle was 6 and several years later, his mother moved with him and two brothers to Austin. He worked at Hormel for a while and was sworn in to the Navy on his 17th birthday. He served in the south Pacific and was present at the atom bomb test in August 1945.

On Nov. 12, 1947, he married Nina Buck of Austin. They made their home in San Francisco until he was honorably dis-charged from the Navy. Then they returned to Austin, where Lyle went to work for Hormel again and worked there for 39 years. When he retired, he and Nina spent their winters in Yuma, Ariz., and their summers in Austin.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years; two sons, Terry (Helga) of New Hampshire and Steve (Susan) of Minneapolis; two grandsons, Alexis (Amy) of Colorado and Luke of Minneapolis; a granddaughter, Heidi, of Vancouver Island, Canada; three great-grandsons; a brother, Kenneth (Patricia) of Oregon; a sister-in-law, Beverly, of Winona; a brother-in-law, Loren Sutherland (Marion) of Sun City West, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herme and Martha Spande; a brother, Curtis; a nephew, David; father-in-law, Ken-neth Buck; mother-in-law, Gwen Buck; and a sister-in-law, Jo Ann Sutherland.

He donated his body to science.