April 26, 1931 – Monday, September 22, 2014
Zion Lutheran Church Buffalo, MN
Tuesday, September 30th 2014
Following a year at Quiet Oaks Hospice House struggling with the effects of Parkinson’s disease, Dr. Stanley E. Held of Buffalo, MN, age 83, passed away Monday September 22, 2014.
Stanley was born April 26, 1931 at Methodist Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa, the youngest son of George Edward Held and Agnes Mary Eyres Held. In 1949 he entered Iowa State University where in 1953 he received his Bachelor of Science degree in animal science and followed by his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1957. He was a member of the Iowa State University livestock judging team, and is an alumnus of FarmHouse fraternity. Stan married Betty Jane Taylor in 1950 and they had two daughters, Barbara and Debra.
Following graduation, Stan and his family moved to Maple Plain, Minnesota where he served on the field services clinic staff of the University Of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine. In 1962, he purchased a private practice in Buffalo, Minnesota where he practiced with the help of his family until retirement in 1996. At the time of retirement, his practice had grown to include seven veterinarians within the Buffalo Veterinary Clinic.
Stan was active in organized veterinary medicine, having served as president of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association in 1972 and was on numerous boards and committees in that association. He served for 6 years on the executive board of the American Veterinary Medical Association and represented Minnesota and Iowa. In 1991, he was inducted into the National Academies of Practice, an interdisciplinary organization promoting cooperation between all health professions.
A member of the Minnetonka Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America since 1973, he sang bass in the “Western Union” performing quartet for over 15 years, and part of Minnetonka Clippers Barbershop Chorus.
Stan was a member of two Western trail riding organizations; the Caballeros del Norte of Minnesota and the Desert Caballeros of Wickenburg, Arizona. In 1999 he was asked by Mercy Corps International and the United States Agency for International Development to provide voluntary consultation to the newly privatized practicing veterinarians in Mongolia, and spent the month of November 1999 in that country presenting seminars on the business side of private practice.
He will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor, work ethic, and keen sense of professionalism.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Quiet Oaks for their exceptional care of Stan during his stay. In lieu of flowers they are asking for donations to the Quiet Oaks’ “Pay It Forward” account in Stan’s name; funds that would provide hospice house services to those who need financial assistance. Alternately, donations can be made to Crossroads Animal Shelter at 2800 10th Street SE, Buffalo, MN.
He is preceded in death by his brother Thomas Held; wife Betty Held (nee Taylor); and wife Suzy Held (nee Fish).
He is survived by his loving wife Shelley Held; daughters Barbara Held Taylor and Debra Held Fant; grandchildren Nil Tous Held, Katherine Kauffman, David Kauffman; sister Katherine Held Shores; and extended family Lynn Stoltzmann and daughter Rachel Stoltzmann; Renee Whitehead (Scott) and children Jenna, Quinn and Cal Whitehead; Dan Bruchmann (Karla) and children Kole, Klara and Daniel Lou Bruchmann; Lora Isaacson (Adam) and child Ella Isaacson; Glen Bruchmann (Brianne); cousins, nieces and nephews who love him.
Honorary pall bearers will be Lester Young, David Kauffman, Nil Tous Held, Glen Bruchmann, Scott Whitehead.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church at 1200 Highway 25 S, Buffalo, MN 55313. Lunch will be served following the service.
Private family interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery