AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Michael Held, of Mora, passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at his home. He was 73 years old.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.
Michael “Digger” Ray Held, owner of D&M Excavating and septic services, passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at his home, with his son Kevin by his side.
Mike was born on February 9, 1947 in Belleville, Illinois to Rosealee and John Held. In 1965, Mike joined the Navy, serving aboard the aircraft carrier ‘USS Oriskany’ off the shores of Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1968.
In 1969, Mike married the love of his life Deb Shelander, and in 1972 they were blessed with their son, Kevin. Mike worked construction all his life, and was a hard worker and honest to all. Mike loved to fish, camp, and going to the casino to win.
In 2013 mike was diagnosed with bladder cancer. He bravely fought it and was proud to say he beat it in 2019. In March 2020 he was diagnosed with stage 4 mesothelioma, which he tried valiantly to beat, but it took over his body and beat him. He will be greatly missed by all.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, In-laws, brother Dave, precious grandson Hunter, and cherished daughter in-law Shanon.
Mike is survived by his wife Deb of 51 years; son Kevin and fiancé Susan; and much loved grandson Drake; brothers, John (Nikki) Held and Terry (Josie) Held; brothers-in-law; Mike (Paula) Shelander, Arlo (Loretta) Shelander, Kenny (Jen) Shelander, and Keith Shelander; as well as many more other relatives and friends.