ROBERT “BOB” EUGENE LITTLE JR.

ROBERT “BOB” EUGENE LITTLE JR.

Robert “Bob” Eugene Little Jr., 71, of Kahoka, passed away at 3:00pm on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at the Clark County Nursing Home in Kahoka.

Bob was born on April 16, 1949 in Keokuk, the son of the late Robert Eugene and Helen Marie (Gibson) Little Sr. 

He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. 

Bob married Zarina Nelson in 1972 and then later divorvced. 

To this union was born two daughters; Melissa (Travis) Riney of Revere and Shana (Todd) Reed of Alexandria. 

Mr. Little worked at the Ordinance plant in Burlington. 

He later became a loan officer at Kahoka State Bank for several years. 

He was a member of the VFW Post #4342. 

Bob enjoyed watching St. Louis Cardinal baseball, spending time with is family and grandchildren, farming and taking drives. 

In addition to his daughters; Melissa and Shana, Bob is survived by a brother; Larry (Wanda) Little of Kahoka, his grandchildren; Zachariah (Rachel) Riney, Adrianna (Ryan) Saxton, Zebadiah (Carissa) Riney, Luke Shinn, Gabriel (Michelle) Reed, Abigail Reed, Ella Reed, and Jordan (Jade) Tate, his girlfriend; Ida Holmes of Kahoka and by several nieces and nephews. 

Bob was preceded in death by his parents.

In accordance with Bob’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and services will be conducted at a later date. 

Wilson & Triplett Funeral Home in Kahoka has been entrusted with the care and arrangements. 

Memorial contributions in Bob’s memory are suggested to the Son Valley Youth Ranch in Winchester. 

You are invited to share your memories of Bob and leave a condolence at www.wilsontriplett.com. 

Acknowledgement of Military Service

The members of the United States Navy, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars hereby acknowledge that Comrade Robert Eugene Little Jr. served our country for one year, eight months, and twenty days in the United States Navy.

He was a member of the VFW Post 4342.

He served as a Storekeeper on the USS Cleveland (LPD-7), and Austin-class amphibious transport dock (landing platform, dock). 

 He served one year, seven months and five days sea service during the Vietnam War, and attained the rank of Seaman (E-3).

He was awarded and authorized to wear the following decorations:

National Defense Service Medal

Vietnam Service Medal

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device

He enlisted 17 October 1968, received an honorable discharge 7 August 1970 and returned to Wyaconda, Clark County, Missouri.  

He was transferred to the United States Naval Reserve until 16 October 1974.

The ship has been darkened, and the bell mournfully tolls for our shipmate who joined the staff of the supreme commander 10 November 2020.  

During his final assignment we wish him fair winds and following seas.