Gerard Edward Little


Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2003

Longtime Alaska resident Gerard Edward Little died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003, in Lawrence, Kan. He was 77.

Viewing will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Kenai City Cemetery, where he will be interred next to his wife of 55 years, Norma Jean Little.

Mr. Little was born April 16, 1926, in Kansas City, Kan., to Sehan and Mabel (McFadden) Little. After finishing high school in Kansas City in 1944, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific. He again served in the Pacific during the Korean War.

In 1947, he married Norma Jean Gadberry in Kansas City, and they raised their family while he worked as a startup operator for refineries and chemical plants in many places around the world, including Puerto Rico, Turkey, Germany and Jamaica, as well as numerous parts of the United States and Canada.

He spent his first year in Alaska in 1968 on the Collier startup, and then came back to Kenai to stay in 1975, working first for Tesoro and then finally with Arco. Upon his retirement, he and his wife operated the Little Oak Cabin Antique store in Kenai for many years. They enjoyed their many trips in their RV down the Alaska Highway to the Midwest searching for interesting and unusual items to bring back for their shop.

Mr. Little was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Jean Little in December 2002.

He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Brenda Little of Lawrence and Chris and Debbie Little of Nikiski; sons, Kevin Little of Lee's Summit, Mo., and William Little of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne and Keith Laurie of Kasilof; and 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorial donations may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 801 W. Fireweed, Suite 103, Anchorage, AK 99503.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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