Richard F. Little, 76, of
245 McCracken Road Danville PA passed away Friday morning, July 23, 2010 at
Geisinger Medical Center Danville PA. He was born September 19, 1933 in
Nordmont PA the son of the late Edward and Carolyn Keeler Little.
He graduated from
Sonestown High School in Sonestown PA in 1951 and from Penn State University
with a BS in Agriculture Education in 1955 where he was a member of the
Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. Richard served as a C – 123 pilot in the
United States Air Force from 1956-1960 and honorably discharged as Captain.
His Cooperative Extension service for Montour County from 1964-1992 included
being County Extension Director/County Agricultural Agent and was also Area
Dairy Specialist for Snyder, Union and Northumberland Counties. He served
in Columbia County from 1960-1964 as an Associate Agent and in Lehigh County
in 1955 as an Assistant Agent. Richard also served as secretary of the
Board of Directors for Briar Creek Insurance Company.
He was associated with
many organizations including Clan Little Society, USA; National Rifle
Assocation as a lifetime member, training counselor, certified pistol,
rifle, shotgun and home firearm safety instructor; 4-H shooting sports
instructor; Youth Field Day, Co-founder; Danville Pistol Club, founding
member; Northern Montour Sportsman club; VP, President and Board of
Directors; Pennsylvania Farmers Association; Wesley United Methodist Church,
Bloomsburg PA and the Laporte Methodist Church. He was a former member of
Kiwanis, Northumberland Gun Club and the Montour-DeLong Fair Board. He
received several awards including Pennsylvania Dairyman’s Association
Extension Award for Valuable and Noteworthy contribution to Pennsylvania
Dairy Industry and the Career Guidance Award from the National Association
of County Agricultural Agents.
Richard was a notable
leader and educator. He inspired generations of young people through 4-H.
He enjoyed working with people, especially teaching young people gun
safety. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. Richard was also a
He is survived by his
wife of 54 years, Janet Hiles Little from New Kensington PA. They were
married October 8, 1955. He is also survived by three sons; Thomas Little
and his wife Barbara of Walnut Creek, CA; Jeffrey Little and his wife Lisa
of Newnan GA and Douglas Little and his wife Debbie of State College PA and
one daughter Laura Melvin and her husband Durwood of Aiken SC. Also
surviving are his grandchildren who were the light of his life; Gwen and
Wesley Little; Brandi Little Mantel and her husband Jason; Megan Little
Fayling and her husband Jason; Ryan and Carrie Little and Moriah and Bryan
Melvin. Also surviving are three great-grandchildren; Seth and Thatcher
Fayling and Nicholas Mantel.
He is also survived by
three brothers; William Little of Williamsport PA; David Little and his wife
Lorraine of Millville PA and Lewis Little and his wife Judy of Pittsburgh PA
and two sisters; Judy Swinehart and her husband John of Jersey Shore PA and
Sally Knipe and her husband Sharry of Liberty PA. He is also survived by
one sister-in-law Dr. Linda Hiles of New Kensington PA.
services will be held at the convenience of the family at Cherry Grove
Cemetery Nordmont PA with the Reverend Robert Brown of Laporte Methodist
Church officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made
to Camp Victory PO Box 810 Millville PA 17846 or American Diabetes
Association Somerset Office 19 School House Road Somerset NJ 08873 or The
Smile Train PO Box 96231 Washington DC 20090-6231.
Arrangements are under
the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 W Mahoning Street Danville