April 22, 2017
- 2:00 PM
Dorlyn Held, 75, died peacefully on the morning of March 8, 2017 at Golden Living Center, Moorhead, MN, due to health issues. To celebrate Dorlyn’s life, a memorial service will be held at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo, ND on April 22, 2017 at 2 pm.
Dorlyn, known to many as “Sunny”, was born to the late Willmer and Olive (Timpe) Held on February 7, 1942 at Mandan Hospital. Dorlyn was raised on the family farm south of New Salem, ND before his family decided to move into town. Dorlyn was confirmed at Peace United Church of Christ and became a graduate from New Salem High School in 1960. Dorlyn attended North Dakota State University, Bismarck State College, and Dickinson State College; Dorlyn graduated from college with a secondary education degree. Upon completing his college education, Dorlyn moved to New England, ND, where he obtained a job at New England Public School where he taught and worked for seven years. On September 24, 1971, Dorlyn married Beverly Braun, known as Bunny. Dorlyn later decided to change careers and became a plant operator at Royal Oak Husky Plant in Dickinson, ND. Following the closure of Royal Oak Husky Plant, Dorlyn moved to Minnesota to become a boiler operator, obtaining job positions at LTV Steel , Schroeder, MN, and later, Perham Waste Management, Perham, MN. Dorlyn retired from the working world in 2007. Dorlyn made a home in New York Mills, MN during his retirement until health issues resulted in his move to Moorhead, MN.
Dorlyn was a lover of the great outdoors and went fishing every chance he could. Dorlyn’s dream was to one day own his very own boat, a dream that never came to fruition. Dorlyn was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings sports teams. Dorlyn was caring and helpful to friends and family alike. While Dorlyn was known for being rather stubborn and highly skilled at telling others how to best do their jobs, these characteristics actually highlighted Dorlyn’s attentiveness and consideration for those he cared for.
Dorlyn is survived by his wife Beverly (Braun) Held, , daughters, Melissa Held, Dickinson, ND, and Jennifer (Stanley) Collis, Austin, TX, and grandson Grant (Annie) Miller, Belfield, ND. Dorlyn also leaves his beloved sisters, Linda (Don) Sorge, Washburn, ND, and Kathy Held, West Fargo, ND, his nephews, Jesse Sorge, Les (Brigit) Sorge, and Drew (Amy) Sorge, children Cayden and Chloe, his nieces, Janna (Shane) Tellmann , children Landon and Rylyn, Lyndsay (Mitch) Jackson, children Elliot and Micky, and Marnie (Justin) Thompson. Dorlyn leaves his aunt Elaine and Uncle Bob (Char), many cousins and several sisters and brothers-in-law.