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Obituary for Rick Little
Rick Little Danbury, IA - Rick Little, 56, of Danbury, Iowa died unexpectedly Thursday, March 1, 2012, enroute to a Sioux City hospital after just having beat a battle with cancer. Services will be Monday, March 5, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Danbury United Methodist Church in Danbury with Pastor Len Garrison officiating. Burial will be at the Little Sioux, Iowa cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be Sunday, March 4 after 4:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton. Richard (Rick) Carlyle Little was born March 10, 1955, at Little Sioux, Iowa the son of LaVerne and Pearl (Atwell) Little. He grew up in the area and attended school at Blencoe, Iowa. He worked as a general laborer in the Onawa, Iowa area for a number of years. On August 6, 1991, Rick married Sharon Murdock in Trenton, Tennessee. Rick then worked at Stanley Jones Construction with his brother, Dennis. Rick and Sharon moved to Mapleton, Iowa in 2000 and later to Danbury, Iowa. While in Danbury, Rick was primary in the shared care of his mother-in-law, Margaret Garrison. He was employed at Gomaco Industries in Ida Grove as a welder fabricator until the time of his passing. Rick was a real outdoors kind of guy enjoying camping and fishing. He was very proud of his motorcycle and went on a few poker runs with his brother, Danny. He was "always doing something." One of his talents was woodworking and even making motorcycles out of match sticks. The time he found he enjoyed the most was the time he spent with his three year old grandchildren, Phoenix and Hailey, and his one year old grandson, Landon. They loved rides on grandpa's motorcycle as well. Rick loved going to his brother Danny's place at Blebcoe almost every week-end for a visit. He would always stay for a meal prepared by his sister-in-law, Connie. He always bragged about her cooking. Survivors include his wife, Sharon of Danbury; two daughters, Adrian Cunningham and Heath Gorden of Kiron, Iowa and Heather Cue and her husband, Josh, of Schleswig, IA; three grandchildren, Phoenix and Landon Gorden and Hailey Cue; two step sons, Harold Pedersen and his wife, Cindy, of Wheaton, KS and Jerry Pedersen of Del, OK; three step daughters, Wanda Schmidt and her husband, Bill, of Newton, KS, Kimberly Beene of Vermillion, SD, and Theresa Stark of Wichita, KS; numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; five brothers, Danny Little and his wife, Connie, of Blencoe, IA, Gary Little and his wife, Peggy, of Thomson, GA, Dennis Little of Trenton, TN, Jerry Little of Des Moines, IA, and Ronnie Little and his wife, Sherri, of Soldier, IA; two sisters, Patricia Reynolds of Milan, TN and Vickie Bonine and her husband, Douglas, of Onawa, IA; and numerous nieces and nephews as well as good friends and coworkers. He was preceded in death by his parents, LaVerne and Pearl Little; his mother-in-law, Margaret Garrison and his father-in-law, Harold Murdock; one sister and her husband, Verna and LeRoy Sturtevant; two sisters-in-law, Pat and Betty Little; one brother-in-law, John Reynolds; and a nephew, Larry Little.
Monday, March 5, 10:30 a.m.
United Methodist Church
Sunday, March 4, 2012 after 4:00 p.m.
Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.
Armstrong Funeral Home
210 S. 5th St.
Mapleton, IA 51034