Former Kenai resident James R. Little died Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 79.
His ashes will be buried at a later date in Mountain View Memorial Park in Tacoma, Wash.
Mr. Little was born July 7, 1922, in Gibbon, Neb., to George and Pauline Little. He was raised in Gibbon, graduated from Gibbon High School and attended the University of Nebraska for two years.
In January 1942 he married Alice Gitt.
Mr. Little served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the aircraft carrier USS Suwannee. After his honorable discharge, he began his career with the civil service in the U.S. Weather Bureau and traveled with his wife and family to many locations. In July 1956, he transferred to Alaska, living on Annette Island and in Bethel before moving back to the Lower 48 in August 1966. After retiring in 1984, he and his wife returned to Alaska to be near their children and grandchildren. He resided in Kenai until his wife's death in 1996.
His family said, "He was a loving husband and father, and he never knew a stranger. He loved fishing and hunting in his younger years, and a more generous, honest and kind man would be hard to find. He will be greatly missed."
He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Alice, his parents and two sisters.
Mr. Little is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Everett Hudson of Kenai; sons and daughters-in-law Larry and Penny Little of Soldotna, Thomas and Bonnie Little of Wasilla and William and Liz Little of Wasilla; grandchildren Kimberly Kinnebrew, Kandice Meyer, Thomas and Richard Little, Brandi Wimberly, Kelli Little, Alicia Little and Andrea Everett; and great-grandchildren Braden, Trenton, Kelsey, Cameron and Kamry.
Arrangements were made by the FitzHenry Funeral Home in Indio, Calif.
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