Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee. Pastor Magrey R. deVega will officiate. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. today, with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. Burial will be at Liberty Cemetery in rural Meriden, at a later date. Online condolences may be sent to www.greenwoodfuneral.com.
Warren Gregory Held, the son of Benjamin and Viola (Croston) Held, was born April 4, 1923 in Hinton. Warren, along with his siblings, spent his youth showing cattle and he was active in Plymouth County 4-H. The highlight of his 4-H career was showing the Grand Champion in the showroom at the Chicago International Livestock Show in 1936.
Warren graduated from Hinton High School, where he was a member of all sports teams, in 1941.After graduation, Warren attended Morningside College, where he earned letters in basketball and football. In 1942, he left school to help farm, and then he served in the Military with the Army 1st Calvary Unit.
Warren returned to Morningside in 1948 to play football for George Allen, who was in his first year as the school's head coach. When an injury ended his football career, he coached junior varsity basketball at Morningside. He graduated from Morningside in 1951.
On Sept. 13, 1952, Warren was united in marriage to Sharon Taylor in Goldfield. To this union three children were born: Gregory, Holly, and Heidi. Following their marriage, Warren began his career in radio broadcasting, first at KSCJ, and later at KICD. The highlight of those years was announcing the Big Bands at the Roof Garden. In 1958, he joined the Ralston Purina Company as a salesman, and in 1960,wnt to work at the Lundell Manufacturing Company in Cherokee.
In 1982, Warren opened a short line machine company and traveled to several states. He was a salesman until his illness in 1998. That same year, Warren was inducted into the Morningside 'M Club' Hall of Fame.
Warren enjoyed life to the fullest, always having a joke or two to share with friends. He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Toastmasters, Kiwanis, and Cherokee Community Theater. He enjoyed being in musicals, and loved to sing and act. He was devoted to his large family of seven sisters and two brothers and their families.
He also enjoyed attending the many activities of his children and grandchildren, and was always proud of them. Warren loved to visit with people and enjoyed his years at the Villa, making many new friends. He will be remembered by many as being Cherokee's "Santa Claus" for many years.
Warren was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert and Howard Held; and three sisters- Emma, Hazel, and Lois.
He is survived by his wife, Sherry Held of Cherokee; one son, Gregory (Diane) Held of Asheville, N.C.; two daughters, Holly (Tim) Ohlson of Meriden and Heidi Held of St. Paul, Minn.; grandchildren Matt (Tina), Melenie, and Micaela Ohlson, and Ben (Kristy), Courtney (Josh), Rachel, Becca, and Larrisa Held; great-grandchildren Lexi, Lucas, and Raeonna; sisters Carol (Richard) Burr of Cedar Rapids, Joyce Jensen of Indianola, Roberta Hasek of Sac City, and Darlene (Dale) Harris of Sioux Falls, S.D.; sisters-in-law Evie Held of Hinton and Charlotte Held of Sioux City; and many nieces, nephews, cousins,and other relatives and friends.