William Held

William Edward Held

Wednesday, June 12th, 1957 - Sunday, July 28th, 2019
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William "Bill" Held, of Marietta, Ohio, passed away in his home on Sunday, July 28, after a valiant and inspirational battle with cancer. He was 62-years-old. Throughout his life, he was known to make a positive impact on everyone he met. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bill was involved in high school and university theatre, the Boy Scouts of America where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and began his well-known love affair with ballroom dancing in his junior year of high school.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering and moved to the Mid-Ohio Valley in 1981 to work for Dupont Washington Works, where he remained for 24 years. After retiring from Dupont, Bill worked for Pickering Associates and then joined CFI Engineering Company, where he worked until his death. Bill was a true renaissance man and enjoyed keeping busy by applying his numerous skills to a variety of occupations. Professionally, his life was devoted to engineering, but he enjoyed many hobbies and pursued a variety of interests throughout his life.

In the Mid-Ohio Valley, Bill was perhaps best known for creating a thriving ballroom dancing scene. He taught hundreds of students in Parkersburg and Marietta and participated in dance clubs throughout the region. In his personal life, Bill was a devoted husband, father, and advocate for cats everywhere (especially black ones!), and when he wasn't working, he pursued his passion for collecting model railroad trains.
Bill is survived by his wife, Susan Montera, daughters Aurora Held-Dodd (Elliot) and Kitri Held, and grandson Alden Dodd, all of Marietta, Ohio; his parents, Oscar William Held and Joan Shrader Held, brother Tom Held (Sue) and sister Carolyn Held, all of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Visitations and a service will be held in Marietta, Ohio at Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home, 408 Front Street. Visitations will be Thursday, August 8, 2–4 p.m. and 6–8 p.m. as well as Friday, August 9, 10–11 a.m. A celebration of life will be held Friday, August 9 at 11 a.m. The family welcomes any photographs or mementos of Bill that the community would like to give to the family and welcomes framed photographs at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Bill may be made to the Strecker Cancer Center at Marietta Memorial Hospital.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 8th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Thursday, August 8th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples
    408 Front Street
    MARIETTA, OH 45750
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, August 8th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, August 8th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples
    408 Front Street
    MARIETTA, OH 45750
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Funeral Services

    Friday, August 9th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, August 9th, 2019 11:00am
    Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples
    408 Front Street
    MARIETTA, OH 45750
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The Rev. Kathryn Hawbaker
  • Interment

    Friday, August 9th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Friday, August 9th, 2019 12:00pm
    Oak Grove Cemetery
    Eighth& Washington streets
    Marietta, OH 45750
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


Donations are being accepted for: MEMORIAL HEALTH FOUNDATION.


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Megan Stout

Posted at 02:05pm
Bill was a very nice man. It was a privilege to know him. He will be missed. My prayers go out to the family now in your time of grief.

allnex Willow Island Staff

Posted at 12:40pm
Our warmest condolences.
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Debby Martin

Posted at 11:04pm
I would like to offer our condolences for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Sincerely, Paul Doan and daughter, Debby Doan Martin.

Kathy Hewitt Parsons

Posted at 03:09pm
I want to send my condolences to the family for William "Bill" Held. I worked as a Secretary in the Delrin Division at E.I. DuPont de Nemours in Washington, WV for many years where Bill was an engineer. I had the pleasure of working with Bill. He was very nice and always pleasant towards me. I thought he was very smart and talented. Peace and comfort to his loved ones during this time and may his memory live on. Kathy Hewitt Parsons, Parkersburg, WV.

Hilary Gaston

Posted at 07:35pm
Dear Susan, I was sorry to read Bill’s obituary in today’s newspaper. I know you must be heartbroken and my heart is with you. I am thinking of you and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Should you ever want to get in touch with me, my telephone number is (304)295-3184. I am sorry we have lost touch but I have been very ill for the last year. All blessings, Patricia Gaston.

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