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Dorlyn "Sunny" Held

February 07, 1942 - March 08, 2017

Memorial Service - Saturday

April 22, 2017
- 2:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Dorlyn "Sunny" Held

February 07, 1942 - March 08, 2017


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.


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2 responses to “Dorlyn Held”

  1. Kelly Braun says:

    Rest In Peace uncle Dorlyn. God speed.

  2. Spencer James Broton says:

    Mr. Held,
    (Dorlyn) was a teacher and coach that I always respected and enjoyed. In the classroom I remember his suit and ties and he told us that he thought teachers should get to write them off for taxes because back then they were required to wear a suit or sport coat. How times have changed. I remember the way he would write on the chalk board and then always wipe his hands off in the same way each time he was done using the chalk. Sometimes we would have a movie and the film would break and out would come the tape to be put on the film to keep it going. He also coached me in junior high football and basketball. I remember going to varsity practice after school as a freshmen with coach Wall and then some nights about 7 PM coach Held would have freshmen practice. At the end of practice we would shoot free throws as a team and the amount we missed would be the number of laps we would run at the end of practice. I taught self-contained elementary 6th grade for about 25 years. The last 11 years the 6th grade moved to the middle school and I taught 6th grade social studies until I retired 2 years ago. From time to time I would think of Mr. Held and his social studies lessons. Like Mr. Held, I also love the Minnesota Vikings and Twins. May God be with Dorlyn on his new journey. Spencer J. Broton, West Fargo, ND

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