William Little (1922 - 2018)

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William(Bill) A. Little, 95, of
Lakewood passed away on May
23, 2018 after not being able to
recover from heart surgery due to
a heart attack while playing basketball.
He is survived by his wife
of 70 years Veronica Little. They
have been Lakewood residents
since 1962. They had six children:
Daniel, David, Cathy(Little) Mortimer
and husband Gary, Michael
and wife Stephanie, Marian(Little) Kolstoe
and husband Brad, and Nancy(Little) Rolls.
Bill and Veronica were blessed with twelve
grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.
The grandkids(g) and spouses
are: Tim(g) and Sammi, Billy(g) and Ashley,
Brooke, Elizabeth(g) and Eric, Michael,
Peter, Keegan, Kristen(g) and Dan, Kari(g)
and Chris, Patrick, John(g) and Harmony,
Ingrid(g) and Aaron. The great grandchildren:
Tyler, Isabelle, Riley, Rose, Waylon, Aberdeen,
Osa, Elin and Emilia(twins), Violet,
Margo, Adelahde, Raef and Maybelle.Born
November 6, 1922 in Decatur, Nebraska to
Naaman Pence Little and Nellie Agnes Magee.
Billy, as he was known when little, was
the youngest son of twelve children and the
last of the twelve to die. He was a star athlete
in football, basketball, baseball, and track.
He loved football so much that he decided to
go to Wayne State Teachers College to play
football and to become a football coach.
Unfortunately, the Second World War got in
the way of achieving his desire to coach. He
spent four years in the Army as a Master Sargent
in charge of an anti-aircraft gun crew.
He joined Patton's army in Nancy, France
and fought across France, Austria, and Germany.
In later years after the war he received
the French Medal of Honor from the French
Government and joined thousands of other
veterans at the dedication of the World War
II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Before joining
the fighting in France, Bill was selected
to an All- Star Army football team
that traveled playing other service
teams across Western Europe
and England. He was the starting
quarterback. After the war in
1946, he moved to Sioux City, Iowa
where he got married and started
a family. He spent his entire
working career in the transportation
business. He first started
working for Swift and Company in
Sioux City and then got promoted to Traffic
Manager and transferred to Chicago in 1960.
After two years he was transferred to the
Denver office. There the Little family lived
in Lakewood from 1962. After leaving Swift
he worked as a Sales Manager and General
Manger in the trucking business and spent
the last ten years working for the Monfort
Meat Packing Company. While raising a
family, he got a chance to coach his kids in
Little League baseball and football where
his teams rarely lost a game. After his kids
moved on to high school and college, he
seldom missed going to their games. When
grandkids and great grandkids came along,
you could always count on Grandpa Bill
being there to support them and cheer them
on. After retiring, he started playing Senior
League sports. He played softball until he
was 92 and basketball until he was 93. He
also participated in the Senior Olympics for
twenty years winning over 65 gold, silver,
and bronze medals for softball, the discus,
and various running events. Bill was active
at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church for 55
years in various activities including food
banks and the Knights of Columbus. His funeral
was held at St. Bernadette's and he was
buried with full military honors at Ft. Logan
Cemetery. Donations can be made in Bill's
name and sent to the Knights of Columbus
at St. Bernadette's, 7240 West 12th Avenue,
Lakewood, CO. 80214. Remembrances can
be left at HoranCares.com
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from May 30 to June 29, 2018
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