Daron B. Held, 60, Minot, formerly of Devils Lake, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, in a Minot hospital.
Daron was born March 9, 1953, at Devils Lake, the son of Fred Jr. and Margaret "Peggy" (Birnie) Held. He was raised at Rock Lake during his younger years and moved with his family to Devils Lake in 1963. He graduated from Devils Lake Central High School in 1971 and spent one year at Lake Region College in Devils Lake studying carpentry.
Daron entered into active duty service with the Navy on June 6, 1973, and honorably served his country in Guam, Okinawa, Japan and Spain until receiving his honorable discharge on June 20, 1977. After returning to North Dakota, he became employed with Gamble Robinson in Devils Lake and worked there until being transferred to Minot in 1984 when that branch closed. He had continued to work with the company, now Food Services Inc., as a warehouse receiving clerk. Daron was once married to Linda Penny. From this union his four children were born.
Daron was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved being on his boat, going to auctions, working at his house and garden along with telling jokes or playing a prank on someone. He and Inez attended the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Minot.
His loving family includes: companion, Inez Boyko, Minot; children, Taska Held and her boyfriend, Travis, of Watertown, S.D., Danika Held and her boyfriend, Jeffrey, of Minot, Makesha (Brandon) Fettig, Mesa, Ariz., and Kyler Held, Minot; grandchildren, Mataya and Trenton Held; sisters, Kristi (Arne) Berg, Starkweather, and Yvonne Kearns, Asheboro, N.C.; brothers, John Held, of Concord, Calif., and Don (Kate) Held, Everett, Wash.
Daron was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Douglas; brothers-in-law, Joe Kearns and Mitch Hagan; and a sister-in-law, Donna Held.
Funeral service: Monday, Aug. 19, at 10:30 a.m., in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 10-17th Ave. SW, Minot.
Visitation: Today, Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Graveside service: Monday, at 3 p.m., in the Bisbee Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials are preferred.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).