GALESBURG—Donald "Spike" Burand, 82, of Galesburg, died at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at the Knox County Nursing Home, Knoxville.

Donald was born April 5, 1936, in La Crosse, Wis., the son of Ralph and Lorraine (Reed) Burand. Donald married Rose Mary Nolte on Feb. 12, 1957, in Savanna.

Donald worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad and then later Amtrak for a total of 41 years. He retired in 1997.

Donald was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He also liked to golf and play cards. Most of all, Spike loved to spend time with his family.

Spike is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rose Mary; two children, Chris Burand and Donna Stewart, both of Galesburg; two brothers-in-law, Don (Karen) Nolte and Robert (Connie) Nolte, both of Savanna; and two sisters-in-law, Marcie Davis of Clinton, Iowa, and Cassie Nolte of Peoria; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Etta Burand.

Cremation rites have been accorded and no services are planned at this time. Burial of cremated remains will be held in Savanna at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted with Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg. Expressions of sympathy may be left to the family at