Obit: Robert Little Jr.


Robert Little, Jr., 89, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2029 at the Bird House, Hospice Home of Johnson County.

Graveside service were held Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 2:30 p.m., at the Oak Ridge Cemetery, West Liberty.

Online condolences may be made to the family at 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 Sept. 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 United States Navy on the S.S. Pawcatuck in the Mediterranean during the Korean War. After serving his country. he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business.

On Aug. 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 Public Library Board for 30 years. He also served as the Rotary District Youth Exchange Chair.

He was an avid golfer and served on the West Liberty Golf & Country Club board of directors. Robert also loved to take his boat and go fishing on the Cedar River and Lake MacBride. He enjoyed hunting pheasant as well.

He was always fascinated by history, especially the United States Civil War and the Battle of Little Bighorn. In his final years, Robert 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, as well as two nephews including David Nichols and Doug Nichols as well as a niece, Julie Nichols Olson.

He is preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.