John (Jack) Held, 81, of White Sulphur Springs passed away at Mountainview Medical Center on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer and Lambert Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome.
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He was born in Webster, S.D. on Dec. 26, 1932 to Edward and Olga Held. The family ranched in the Paradise Valley and later moved to Clyde Park. Jack graduated from Park County High School and, shortly after graduation, married Delores Schulz on Aug. 24, 1952. Jack worked on a ranch and later moved to White Sulphur Springs to work at the grain elevator. From there, they moved to Seattle where Jack worked at Boeing for several years. They returned to White Sulphur Springs where Jack worked for various employers at the grain elevator and eventually owned and operated Jack's Ranch Supply with his son, Michael Held, for years.
Jack enjoyed hunting and fishing trips with his son, Michael and his brother, James Held, who was his best friend. He also loved camping and golfing with his family. In his golden years, Jack enjoyed traveling many places and being a Snowbird with his wife, Delores, and his brother. Jack and Delores spent 22 winters in Arizona enjoying the company of their family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Delores Held and their children, Michael Held (Kathy) of White Sulphur Springs, Janet Held, Judy Villa (Ben), and Jean Fulton (Jack) all of Bozeman. He is also survived by his brother, James Held (Wilma) of Clyde Park, his grandchildren, Eric Held (Shannon) of McAllister, Jessica Held-Willett of Great Falls, Tyler Perkins (Renelle) of Helena, Ryan Perkins (Ashley) of Bozeman, Megan and Molly Fulton of Bozeman, his great-grandchildren, Kaleigh and Hurley Willett and Evelyn and Eric Perkins and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Olga Held and his sister, Dorothy Youngberg.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 23 at 1 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church, 411 Jefferson St., White Sulphur Springs. A reception will immediately follow at the church. Please visit www.stevensonwilke.com to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of John.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 20, 2014