West Liberty, Iowa
Robert Little, Jr., 89, passed away Saturday, September 12, 2029 at the Bird House, Hospice Home of Johnson County.
Graveside service will be held 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at the Oak Ridge Cemetery, West Liberty. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com. The Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty is caring for Bob’s family. A memorial Fund has been established.
Robert H. Little, Jr., was born in Camden, Arkansas on September 24, 1930 to Robert H. Little, Sr., and Ethel (Beyer) Little. He moved with his parents to his mother’s childhood home in West Liberty in 1941. In high school he was on all of the sports teams, band, and chorus. His father founded Iowa Memorial Company in West Liberty, which Bob became owner of in 1967. He served in the Navy on the S. S. Pawcatuck in the Mediterranean during the Korean War. After that he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.S. in Business. On August 25, 1955 he was united in marriage to Marilyn Wiedle in Ferguson, Missouri.
He was very active in the West Liberty United Methodist church choir while his mother was the church organist. He was in the community band and a member of Covenant Singers. He was president of the West Liberty Library Board for 30 years. He served as the Rotary District Youth Exchange Chair.
He was an avid golfer and served on the West Liberty Country Club board. He loved to take his boat and go fishing on the Cedar River and Lake MacBride. He enjoyed hunting pheasant, too. He was fascinated by history, especially the Civil War and the Battle of Little Bighorn. In his last years he made it his job to look out for his wife, Marilyn and took up weeding the garden just to spend time with her.
He is survived by Marilyn and his daughter, Gretchen. Two nephews: David Nichols and Doug Nichols as well as a niece Julie Nichols Olson. He is preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.