Gordon was born Dec. 16, 1928, in Hinton, the son of Walter and Mary Held. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1956 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He practiced veterinary medicine for four years in Le Mars, and then attended medical school at University of South Dakota. He earned his MD in 1965 from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He practiced as a board certified surgeon in Yankton, S.D., and served on the faculty at the University of South Dakota Medical School. He also was school board president for Yankton, South Dakota.
In 1984 he moved his surgical practice to Copperhill, Tenn., and Blairsville, Ga. He retired from the medical profession in 1997 and settled in Young Harris, Ga.
He was a member and active choir member of the House of Prayer church in Blairsville. He was a member of Barbershoppers International.
He made several medical missionary trips to Haiti and other locations. He loved boating, travel, gardening and expressing his views on current events.
He is survived by his wife Brenda Yarbrough Held and her daughter, Andrea; his son, Douglas Dwight Held and wife, Janalee Held, St. Louis, Mo.; his daughter Charlotte Rose (Held) de Sostoa and husband, Charles J. de Sostoa, Dallas, Texas; his son, Joel Bradley Held and wife Kerry Ann Held, Lincoln, Neb; and step-son CW2 Shane L. Toupal, and wife, Anne Elizabeth Toupal, Yankton and Harrisburg, S.D.; his grandchildren: Tamara Jean Leahy and her husband, Michael Leahy; Gregory Norman Held; Brittni Michelle Wait; Devin Erik Wait; Ava Nichole Wait; Emma Claire Held; Camden Garret Held; Alex Patrick Toupal; Jordan Shane Toupal; and Marques Shane Toupal; is sister, Esther Lucile (Held) Legg and her husband Joseph Emery Legg; his best friend and cousin, Stanley Edward Held and his wife, Shelly Allayne (Swenson) Held.
He was preceded in death by his wife Doris Elaine (Norman) Held, and wife Bonita Marie (Pesicka) Held; his siblings: Mary Lou (Held) Feikema, husband Bernard; Charles Walter Held, wife Helen Ann; Ruth Alice Held and Carolyn Held Davies, husband Thomas.
Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct 22, and the memorial service at 2 p.m. Monday at House of Prayer Church in Blairsville.
Donations may be directed to House of Prayer Church, Blairsville, Georgia or Freewill Baptist Church, Hayesville, North Carolina.
Mountain View Funeral Home, Blairsville, Ga., is assisting with the funeral arrangements.