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John "Gene" Held

December 14, 1932 — November 28, 2023

John "Gene" Held

Bloomington – John “Gene” Held, 90, of Bloomington, passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at his home in Bloomington. A private burial will be at Lacon Cemetery in Lacon. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

Gene was born to Conrad J. and Grace V. (Shephard) Held on December 14, 1932. He married Wilma Griffin on January 13, 1951, she survives. Gene and Wilma were married for 72 years. Also surviving are his children, Pat Pummill of Normal, Cindy (Ron) Theobald of Normal, Jill (Michael) Walsh of Bloomington, Jeff (Sue) Held of Oklahoma, and Julie (Patrick) Sanchez of California; fifteen grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Elaine Parker, and his great-grandson.

Throughout his life, Gene exemplified unwavering love for both God and people. In addition to being a wonderful father and grandfather, he dedicated himself to helping others, always going above and beyond to lend a helping hand. A long-standing member of First Assembly of God in Normal, where he served as a deacon and usher. His commitment to the church extended beyond his roles, as he actively participated in numerous church projects, missions trips, spreading God's love, and compassion to those in need. Although dearly missed, his legacy of selflessness and devotion will forever be cherished and remembered by all who were fortunate to know him.

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