George Held 1934 - 2018  

George Leroy Held
, b.  March 18, 1934, entered peacefully into Heavenly rest on March 15, 2018, surrounded by his wife and family, following a recent decline in health.

George leaves behind his devoted wife, Rosalie (Anderson) Held, to whom he was married for 64 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nella and George Held, and his brothers, Charles and Donald Held.

George Held was born on March 18, 1934, in Barberton, Ohio.   The family moved to Wadsworth, Ohio, where he attended school and graduated from Wadsworth High School in 1952.   He was recruited to play college football as a "center," but he turned down the opportunity and joined the U.S. Navy. George's work was in the area of naval aviation.   During his tour at North Island Naval Station in San Diego, California, George met his future bride who was a civil servant at the naval station.   The happy couple arranged their marriage at the Stanwood United Methodist Church on March 30, 1956, and returned to their station at San Diego.   When George separated from service, the couple returned to Stanwood, Washington, where George built their family home where they have lived for 60 years.

George was a devoted family man and believed in hard work.   He was a union sheet metal worker, a volunteer firefighter and EMT at the Stanwood Fire Department for 45 years, as well as a lifelong member of the Stanwood United Methodist Church.   When the new fire station was built, a room was named after George to commemorate his years of service.   He was gentle, good-natured, loved animals, a wonderful gardener, and was very particular about the quality of his work.  

George will be missed by his wife, Rosalie;  daughters, Robin Southward and Tina Peterson (Hilert), grand-daughter, Sara Sargent (Austin) and grandson, Charles Southward.

A private graveside service was held earlier in the week.   A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date this spring.

The family wishes to thank Providence Hospice and Cascade In-Home Care for their loving care for our beloved George.   Arrangements under the direction of Gilbertson Funeral Home, Stanwood, WA.

   George Held
   Wadsworth High School
   Graduating Class of 1952                    
1951 WHS Grizzly Football Team. 
Row 1: Mr. Lyren (Coach), Ora Thombs, Gene Gossage, Don Hawk, Jack Kelly, John Swigart, Joe Arpad, Don Silchuk, Larry Moore, Steve Mustric, Mr. Krauss (Coach).  Row 2: Dick Longsdorf, Dick Kilmer, Norbert Borth, Tom Marrin, George L. Held, Dick Walls, Chuck Kime, George Christner, Gary West, Bill Libert.  Row 3: Mr. Doan (Coach), Howard Leatherman, Bob Calbetzer, Ronald West, Andy Graham, Gene Files, Roger Dressler, Bill Butdorf, Bill Ely, Jim Kime, Art Sykes, Mr. Schaffer (Coach).        
Grizzly First String, 1951. 
44 - Gene Files; 40 - Tom Marrin; 35 - Andy Graham; QB Gene Files; Center George L. Held.   

WHS Machine Shop Class, 1951-52.  Seated: George L. Held, Bob McElroy, Clayton Kramer, Charles Kime, Phil Mack, Don Silchuk.  Standing: Bill Libert, Ed McGill, Tom Buckingham, Robert Urmos, Robert Rasor, Mr. Cramp (Instructor), Jim Kelly, Tom Blyth, Norbert Borth. 
News in the Future:  "George L. Held, that muscular new movie star, is taking Hollywood by storm with his portrayal of Tarzan.  Brave Mr. Held, who fears neither man nor beast, is able to kill 10 lions bare-handed while riding sidesaddle on an elephant.  The directors have only one problem.  Poor George is deathly afraid of Amazon women."
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