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James W. Held

March 16, 1941 August 20, 2020
James W. Held
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Obituary for James W. Held

James W. Held of Troy died August 20, 2020. He was 79 years old. Jim was born March 16, 1941 in Mount Clemens, Michigan to Helen (nee Pingel) and Wilbur Held. He was in the ROTC at Michigan State University and proudly served as a Lieutenant in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Jim was president of Bavarian Village Ski Shops. In 2020 he and his brother John were inducted into the Michigan Ski Hall of Fame for their contributions to the Michigan Ski Industry.

An avid model airplane builder and flyer, Jim enjoyed his membership in the Romeo and Fraser Model Airplane Clubs. Jim also enjoyed skiing and corvettes, but he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.

A devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, Jim was deeply loved and will be sorely missed.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Karen Held and children, Jennifer Held, Carol (Chris) Bishop, and Andrew (Marianne) Held. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Oskar, Emma, Jack, and Lydia. Jim was preceded in death by his brother, John Held.

A Funeral Service will be held Friday, August 28th at 11am. at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2225 E. 14 Mile Road in Birmingham. Friends may visit at church beginning at 10am. For those who cannot attend in-person, the service will be live streamed on (no account needed),, or at

Memorials may be made to Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2225 E. 14 Mile Road, Birmingham, Michigan 48009.


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