July 28, 1922 - May 05, 2016


Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11AM Monday, May 9, 2016 at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church for Lyness H. Held, 93, of St. Cloud who died Thursday at Sterling Park Healthcare Center, Waite Park. Rev. Robert Rolfes will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends and family may call from 4-8PM Sunday, May 8, 2016 and also one hour prior to services Monday all at the church. St. Mary Help of Christians parish prayers will be at 6PM Sunday. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in St. Cloud.

Lyness Hermann Held was born on July 28, 1922 to the late Lloyd and Evalyne (Sackett) Held in St. Cloud. He attended country school and lived and worked on the family farm southwest of St. Cloud. He served in the U.S. Army starting in 1945. While in the military, he was trained in what became his life’s trade as a heavy equipment operator. After his discharge, he moved back to Minnesota and married Odell Kaeter on September 11, 1949 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Cloud. The family eventually settled in their home in St. Augusta. He worked hard for many years to provide for his family. Lyness retired early to care for his wife until her death in 2000 from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. He enjoyed visiting friends and family and searching for treasures at garage sales and auctions. He was a handyman who loved to fix things. Lyness was a proud member for over 60 years of Local 49 International Union of Operating Engineers. He was a member of the American Legion and St. Mary Help of Christians Parish in St. Augusta.

He is survived by his four sons; Patrick of Motley, Phillip of Middle River, Paul of San Bruno, CA, and Ross of St. Cloud; sisters, Evelyn Klassen of Waite Park and Caroline Ingle of Forreston; brother, Richard (Karen) Held of St. Cloud and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lyness was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; brother, Lloyd, Jr.; sister, Bernice and daughter-in-law, Carolyn.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials. The family also wishes to thank the staff at Sterling Park Care Center and St. Croix Hospice for their kindness, care, and concern in their treatment of Lyness especially in his last days.