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Mora, MN • 320-679-1933

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Michael Held, of Mora, passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at his home.  He was 73 years old.

Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at the Braham Covenant Church with Pastor Steve Jennisch officiating.

VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service.

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.


26 thoughts on “MICHAEL R. HELD”

  1. Kevin and Family, Sorry to hear of Mikes passing. He was a good guy. We seemed to have a mutual respect for each other and we both seemed to enjoy picking on each other. RIP Mike

  2. Deb, I was just shocked to read this My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Keep all memories near to your heart.

  3. Mike, you and your family was part of me and always loved being around you all. RIP mike. I will miss you and your humor.

  4. I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a good man and came to my rescue several times. He will be missed!

  5. Our dearest Debbie, Kevin & Sue and Drake.
    Such a wonderful wonderful great guy taken from you and us way to soon.
    Our hearts go out to all of you. We loved him sooo much. We will miss him right along with you. We have sooo many fun and fond memories of him. Always know we’re here for you. Love you all LOTS! Terry & Josie

  6. Dearest Debbie, Kevin & Sue and Drake,

    Mike was a wonderful person.
    Our hearts hurt for you and us too.

    We will cherish all the fun and fond memories of our times we all had together.

    We loved him sooo much as we do you, but that’s nothing you didn’t already know.

    We miss him soooo much.

    Know that we’re always here for you.
    Love you,

    Terry and Josie

  7. My heart is breaking, thinking of you, my prayers and thoughts are with Deb and Kevin.

  8. Deb, Kevin, and Drake,
    Sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prayers and condolences.
    Deepest sympathy,
    Terry and Lisa Peysar

  9. To the Held family, so sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers to everyone. Mike will be missed, big hugs to everyone 🙏🙏🙏

  10. Barry and Donna Gorsegner our thoughts and prayers go out to Debbie and Kevin. Mike was a great guy and will be missed. We will never forget the many great times together and all the fun times snowmobiling on the lake. We will always love and cherish Mike

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with Debbie and Kevin and Jake. Mike was a great guy and will miss that fun guy. And will miss him dearly. Will miss all the great memories and good times we had on the lakes snowmobiling. We will miss his smile and his humour. We love you much Mike.RIP.

  12. So sorry to hear! Mike was a fantastic man that was always willing to lend a hand. Our prayers and condolences to Deb, Kevin and Drake.

  13. So sorry to hear about Mike, It still doesn’t seem real. Our thoughts and Prayers are will all of you.

  14. So sorry to hear of Mikes passing. We have some great memories of him. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. I bet Hunter was the first one in line, to welcome his Grandpa, into heaven! Love to all of you. Jon and Kris

  15. Hilderd, kay and Family, our deepest sympathy to you all, Mike was a very good guy, he will be missed.

  16. Hard to believe he is gone. It happened too quickly. John talks about him often. Your family has suffered so much loss. I know he was greeted by a lot of smiling faces. His pain and suffering is over, and in time ours will become bearable. We wish you comfort in happy memories and peaceful dreams. We are here for you whenever you need us.

  17. Deb, Kevin and Blake,

    Cindy and I are praying for you all and send our love. Mike was amazing! He was as funny, witty and honest as they come. We will miss him. We lost an incredible person but a new star is shining in heaven.

    Our hearts are with you.

    Chuck and Cindy Amos

  18. Dear Deb, Kevin and Drake,

    I will miss Mike more than any words can say. He was a great friend. Most people do not have the privilege of a friend like I had. Mike was always there for me and helped me with many projects. I would get frustrated and go nuts while he would stay calm. I can’t tell you how many tools he saved from being thrown in the lake because of his patience! I enjoyed our frequent chats on the patio, going at each other and Mike always coming out on top. Mike had many sayings but this is my favorite: “It’s all about Deb, it’s all about Deb!” As Mike left this place that we call earth he is now in heaven with Hunter and Shannon who he dearly loved. As I end this message with a tear in my eye, I can only say we were all blessed to have known him.


  19. Deb,

    We were so sorry to hear of this great loss. Mike was a good friend to my dad and I know he will be sorely missed. Our hearts ache and our prayers are with you. There’s always a place for you on Denny’s patio where the coffee is always brewing! We hope to see you there this summer.

    Our condolences,
    Angie, Trevor and the kids.

  20. I will surly miss Mike up at the lake. While visiting my brother Denny, I always looked forward to seeing Mike and Deb at the lake, or coming over to just talk on the deck. He will be missed by many. His great wit and humor will not be forgotten.

    My heart and prayers are with you;
    Mary Sonsteby

  21. Deb, we are sorry to hear about the passing of Mike. I always enjoyed Mike. He was always level headed. What a great loss to a family that has had more than its share of tragedy. Our deepest and most sincere condolences to you and your family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Pat and Pam DeGrace

  22. Deb,
    We were so sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. I didn’t have a lot of time with all of you, but the time spent was the best. Mike and I talked about the major problems in the world, including Denny!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Love John and Sue McNamara

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