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Jay ‘Howard’ Held -- Kenyon

November 3, 2018 GMT

Jay “Howard” Held, 92, of Kenyon, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at Gunderson Gardens.

He was born on Feb. 5, 1926, in Kenyon, the son of Jay Homer and Mabel (Munson) Held. He was baptized and confirmed at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenyon. He graduated from Kenyon High School in 1944, and joined the U.S. Army and served in the 11th Airborne Division.

On Sept. 22, 1947, he married the love of his life, Mardell Kindseth, at Holden Lutheran Church, and the couple was blessed with three children, Susan, Julie and Jon.

Howard and Mardell owned and operated Held Chevrolet and Held Bus Service in Kenyon.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Mardell of Kenyon; children, Susan (Steve) Goldammer of Zumbrota, Julie Dyrdahl of Kenyon, and Jon (Mary) Held of Kenyon; grandchildren, Sara (Mark) Mangan, Jesse (Krystle) Jensen, Angela Anderson, Jay (Natalie) Anderson, Sally (Louie) Grove, Billy Dyrdahl, Joseph (Bri) Jensen, Jana (Ethan) Eggert and Andrew (Tanya) Dyrdahl; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Christopher Held; and sister, Kathryn Held.

A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenyon. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kenyon, with Pastor Julie Rogness officiating. A private burial will be in the Kenyon Cemetery in Kenyon with military honors by the Kenyon Color Guard.