Franklin Held, 88
Feb. 15, 1928 — Nov. 17, 2016

Franklin HeldFranklin Held of Batavia entered into eternal peace Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, at the age of 88.

Franklin was born Feb. 15, 1928, in Batavia (Sheboygan County) a son of the late Frank and Emma (Eisentraut) Held.

He graduated from Random Lake High School in 1945.

On May 20, 1950, he was united in marriage to Adeline Jung at St. Martin United Church of Christ in Filmore.

The couple farmed for 44 years in Batavia and then he helped his son, Gary, on the farm for many years during his retirement.

Franklin was very active in his community. He was a director of Random Lake Coop for many years, served on the Midland Cooperative Board of Directors in Minneapolis until they merged with Land O Lakes Cooperative in St. Paul and continued on that board for five more years. He was also a volunteer fireman with the Batavia Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He was a local historian who shared a wealth of information with his family and friends.

He enjoyed playing cards, was a true Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers fan and also enjoyed traveling with Adeline to Arizona for 10 winters.

Franklin was a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Batavia for most of his life and served on many of its committees.

Survivors include his wife, Adeline of Batavia; his three children, Gary (Virginia) Held of Batavia, Karen (Jerry) Rusch of rural Cedarburg and Jo Ann (Joe) Brunnbauer of Cedar Grove; his cherished grandchildren, Ben (Tanya) Held, Brenda (Mike) O‘Keefe, Bradley Rusch (special friend Allison), Kendra (Nick) Matter, Emily (Derek) Bartelt and Christen (Jason) Weber; one step-granddaughter, Joy (Josh) Gulig; five great-grandchildren, Aaron and Parker Held, Colson Matter, Taylor Thomas and Zoey Gulig; sisters-in-laws, Marie Held of Cascade, Joyce Doll of West Bend, Ruth Gollnick of Cedarburg, Betty (Eugene) Laatsch of Phoenix, Judy (Jerry) Fahney of Baraboo, Sharon (Peter) Zirtzlaff of Plymouth, Pat Jelinek of Milwaukee, Sandra Rosenthal of Hartford, Carol (Russell) Fellenz of West Bend and Shirley Jung of Slinger; and brothers-in-laws, Ralph (Sandy) Jung of Silver Creek and Dale (Pam) Jung of Jackson.
He was also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Franklin was preceded in death by his parents; one great-grandson, Braydon Matter; two sisters, Frances Vorpagel and Mildred Saueressig; four brothers, Everett, Claude, Norman and Byron Held; brothers-in-laws, Lyle Binder, Willard Doegnitz, Lloyd Jung, Vernon Jung, Jim Gollnick, Don Rosenthel, Ervin Saueressig and Arthur Vorpagel; and sisters-in-laws, Irene Held, Helen Held, Ruth Held and Florence Doegnitz.

Funeral services to celebrate Franklin’s life will be held Sunday afternoon Nov. 20 at 4:30 p.m. at Zion United Methodist Church in Batavia. The Rev. Hap Itson and the Rev. Gail Mitchell will co-officiate. Interment will be in the Zion United Methodist Cemetery in Batavia.

Relatives and friends may call at the church from1:30 p.m. Sunday until the time of services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Franklin’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit

The family would like to thank Dr. Brooks and special nurse Jenny for their excellent care, and all the nurses and technicians at the Davita Dialysis Center in Sheboygan, and to the Batavia First Responders, Random Lake Ambulance Service and the staff at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee for all your care and compassion given to Franklin. A special thank you to Barb Klein for all her care and support.