Melvin Raymond Little
Melvin Raymond Little 79, of Shelton, Washington died September 26, 2012 at Fir Lane Convalesant Center with his wife Catherine at his side after suffering a stroke on September 14, 2012.
He leaves his wife of 60 years, Catherine (Russell) Little; son, Michael Little and his wife Jeannie(Graham) of Lewistown,Montana; daughters, Elaine Little and her companion David Sykes of Ballantine, Montana and daughter Peggy Zamzow and her husband Mark of Shelton,Washington; six grandchildren, Allen Cathers of Phoeniz, Arizona; Wayne Little of Shelton, Michele Hope, Kent Little, Jody Cathers all of Lewistown, Montana and Corey Zamzow of Shelton; brothers, Jerry Little of Tieton, Washington and Ted Little of Shelton. 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends. He was preceded in death by his father Edward in 1974, his mother Dorothy in 1998, two infant brothers, a brother Gerald in 1958 and brother Marvin in 1985.
Born and raised in Naches, Washington he was the son of Edward Walter Little and Dorothy Lena (Field) Little. In his early years, along with his parents and brothers, were members of the Boot and Spur Club in Naches where they would rodeo and ride posse.
On March 7, 1952 Melvin married his sweetheart, Catherine Russell also of Naches, Washington. It was in spring of 1955 when Melvin moved his young family to Shelton. He would work for Simpson Timber Company at the Insulation Board Plant until 1973 when he bought his first business. Melvin owned "Mel’s Shell" along with his wife Cathy until 1983 when he sold for the "Life of Retirement". It only took him a few months of mending fences to realize that it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be and went back to working! He purchased a semi truck and leased out to Morgan Trucking so he could cruise the interstate along side of his son Mike who also had his own truck. 1994 he again retired and began their life of snow birding between Parker Arizona, Lewistown, Montana and Shelton. During the course of their travels they met a lot of people and made many friends. Due to an on going illness with his wife Cathy, they returned to the place they had always called home, Shelton.
Melvin also belonged to the local Elk's Fraternity, local jeep club "Timber Runners", and the Old Car Club of Olympia. He enjoyed all old car events and tours. He also enjoyed camping with his family and riding horses with his son and daughter in law. He had a love that ran deep for his family and has left a hole that no other can fill.
Melvin’s family would like to extend a special thanks to all his neighbors for getting him medical attention as quickly as they did. Also a special thanks to all the staff at Mason General Hospital and Fir Lane Convalesant Center for the excellent care they gave and the compassion they displayed to the family during this difficult time. "Thank You"!
A memorial is being planned for a future date.