Richard Little, 86

Richard G. Little, 86, North Manchester, passed away on Aug. 26 at 11:40 a.m. at Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester. He was born to Willard and Emma (Murray) Little on May 14, 1927 in Huntington.

Richard graduated from Chester High School in 1945, where he was a member of the basketball and baseball teams.  Richard married Phyllis Schuler on Sept. 12, 1948. She survives. He was active in 4-H as a four-year member of rural youth and a township leader for 25 years. He coached six demonstrations to the Indiana State Fair with three winning first place. He was also a State Fair judge for five years, a District Tractor Leader and a 40-year member of the State 4-H Tractor Program, where he coached five national tractor contest winners. Richard was a former member of the Bippus Lions Club and an active member of Indiana Farm Bureau for over 65 years. He loved Purdue and Huntington North basketball. He was a devout Christian throughout his life.

He is survived by two sons, John (Patsy) Little, Marion, and Kent (Michelle) Little, Silver Lake; three daughters, Susanne (Ernest) Crane, Orleans, Elaine (Gregory) Lucas, Indianapolis, Cheryl (Lynn) Wilcox, Lagro; a brother, Robert (Betty) Little, Jacksonville, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester. Calling hours are from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W, North Manchester, and also one hour prior to the service at Timbercrest Chapel. Burial will follow in Roann Community Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to 4-H Tractor Council, Purdue University, 615 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 or Roann Community Cemetery, c/o Kraig Ahlfield, 6382 W 300 N, Wabash, IN 46992 or Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962.

Posted on 2013 Sep 04