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Dr. Wayne Little

Dr. Wayne Little

Thursday October 3, 2019

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Obituary

Obituary for Dr. Wayne Gerald Little

Dr. Wayne G. Little, 87-year-old resident of Merrifield, MN passed away October 3, 2019 at Essentia St. Joseph’s Hospital. A funeral will be held at 12:00 noon on Monday, October 7 at Park United Methodist Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Wayne Gerald was born on April 24, 1932 in Duluth, MN to Benjamin and Evelyn Little. He graduated from Brainerd Washington High School, Brainerd Junior College and Hamline University. He also received a Masters and PhD. in Marketing Education from the University of Minnesota. During the Korean War he served his country as a member of the Army Security Agency and was honored as an outstanding soldier by his Army Command. He married Joan Dorothy Johnson in 1957. The couple had two daughters and two sons.

During the last thirty years of his career Wayne held positions as a College and University Administrator, Professor, and Business Consultant. He authored and co-authored textbooks in the marketing field some of which had international distribution. Wayne was particularly proud of his former students many of whom went on to careers in business, professional athletics, teaching and college administration.

Locally he served as a member and president of several service and professional organizations including Camp Confidence, Rotary, and the Shriners. More recently he was elected into the Hall of Fame for the Brainerd School District and Central Lakes College.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jo Little; children, Claire Mars, Brian Little (Tim Enright), Wendy Richards, and Wesley Little; and sister, Carol Lindman; grandchildren, Lindsay (Ryan) Lobes, Chad Mars, Conner Mars, Nathan Richards, Lauren Mars, Taylor Richards; great-granddaughter, Madison Lobes .

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are with Halvorson Taylor Funeral Home in Brainerd

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    Monday October 7, 2019 |
    Park United Methodist
    315 N 6th St
    Brainerd, MN
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    Monday October 7, 2019
    A funeral will be held at 12:00 noon on Monday, October 7 at Park United Methodist Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

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The Strauss Crew

Our deepest sympathy to you all. It is clear that your dad will continue to live on in his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
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Wes

On behalf of the family, thank you so much for your thoughtfulness. Very much appreciated!
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Bryan Bick and Lee Thomas

To our friend Wes and the Little family, in memory of Wayne.
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Wes

Bryan and Lee - thank you so much for your thoughtfulness!
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Lois, Nancy & Marsha Liss

Our deepest sympathies and condolences to The Little Family and may you find comfort in your many memories of Wayne that will give you strength in the days ahead...
With Love,
Lois, Nancy and Marsha Liss
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Claire Mars

On behalf of our whole family, thank you so much for your thoughtfulness. His memory will live on forever with your thoughtful and generous donation. Our love, The Littles
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Frank and Laurie Lobes

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Claire Mars

On behalf of our whole family, thank you so much for your thoughtfulness. His memory will live on forever with your thoughtful and generous donation. Our love, The Little's
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Claire Mars

On behalf of our whole family, thank you so much for your thoughtfulness. His memory will live on forever with your thoughtful and generous donation. Our love, The Little's
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