David Hugh Held

August 9, 1936June 2, 2021

Funeral Services were held for David Held, age 84, of Wadena, Minnesota on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Karvonen Funeral Home in Wadena with Rev. Blake A. Rickbeil officiating. Pallbearers were Von Steward, Todd Steward, Lee Steward, Brent Steward, Allen Knutson and Andrew Brown.

David Hugh Held was born on August 9th, 1936, in Paw Paw Michigan. He grew up working on the family farm where he developed strong skills working with electronics, construction and automotive maintenance. His sons referred to Dave as “the magician” because of his ability to repair and build even the most challenging projects. He built his own home in Traverse City Michigan, and he pioneered digital communications for the Michigan State Police, which included the completion of numerous communication towers around the state.

He graduated from Lawton Highschool in 1954 and then attended Western Michigan University where he played drums in the marching band. In 1957 Dave began a 40-year career at the Michigan State Police where he was promoted to Director of Communications in 1975. He managed this division until his retirement in 1997.

Numerous co-workers, friends and family have expressed that Dave was one of the kindest men that they have ever known, and that he kept occasions light with his low-key sense of humor.

Dave was a loving and supportive father, husband, uncle, grandfather, and great grandfather. He invested long hours coaching little leagues baseball, assisting with Boy Scouts meetings, Civil Air Patrol training, and piloting family and friends on many recreational flights.

For many years Dave volunteered as a board member of the Meridian Township Cable Commission and also as an examiner/coordinator for the Federal Communications Commission. He was a one-time President of the Ingham County Genealogical Society and a one-time President of Michigan Association of Public Safety Communications Officials.

Dave was a HAM radio operator from a young age and into his golden years. He enjoyed helping all the locals in the Wadena area with their antennas. He was very actively involved in radio clubs in Michigan and Minnesota, and he was honored by having his call numbers N8CFM retired as “Silent Key” status, never to be used again.

David Hugh Held passed away on June 2, 2021. He will be dearly missed by both friends and family. Preceding Dave in death are his parents Lloyd and Margaret (Hough) Held; first wife Diane (Czajkowski) Held; sisters: Gene Clow and Elebeth Schuult; and brother: Richard Held.

Surviving Dave is his loving wife Roberta Held of Wadena; sons: Tim (Sandy) Held of Lansing, Michigan, and Jeff (Maureen) Held of Venice, Florida; grandchild: Brendan Held; stepchildren: Von, Lee, Jay, Todd, Shelly, Bobbie, and Jessie; and many other relatives and a host of friends.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 9th from 6-8 PM and funeral services Thursday 11 AM at Gorsline-Runciman’s East Lansing Chapel, 1730 E Grand River Ave. Burial to follow the funeral at Glendale Cemetery in Okemos. for service information and condolences.


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Rich Davis

June 10, 2021

I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Dave. Dave and I worked together for ten years at the Michigan State Police Headquarters. He was a true professional & so competent in radio communications. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family. Sincerely, Rich Davis

Jill Baekelandt

June 8, 2021

Tim, Jeffrey and families.
We are so sorry for the loss of your dad.
We wanted you to know how much we loved and appreciated your dad. He was a kind, gentle man who took loving care of your mom Diana, our sister and aunt. He was there for her during this difficult time with patience and understanding.
We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers
The Baekelandt's, Czajkowski's, Van Tongerloo's, Collins

Donna bessey

June 7, 2021

Dave was a very happy guy. Always looked forward to seeing him RIP Dave

Jimmy Patrick

June 7, 2021

Held Family,

My condolences. Dave was a very special leader, and administrator during his decades with the MSP. He was always available to assist and provide guidance when needed. He was the backbone in the transition to the 800mhz communication system.

Rest In Peace, Dave.

Captain Jimmy Patrick, Ret.

Janice Held

June 7, 2021

A favorite uncle who was also my dad's baby brother!
Uncle Dave stepped up when dad passed on!!
Rest in peace in God's house!!!

Kathy (Jury) Baker

June 6, 2021

Dave (Doc) was my boss, my confidant, and dear friend for decades. He was kind, caring, patient, and had a wonderful sense of humor. The very best time of my working career was when I was Doc's secretary. I can't imagine a world without him in it. One of my favorite quotes sums up how I feel: "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."

My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as we mourn the loss of this special man.