Harold Edward Little Sr. 12 Aug 1940 – 26 Jun 2019
Harry passed away peacefully on the morning of June 26, 2019 at the age of 78 attended by family.
Born in Oakland, California on August 12, 1940 to Edward Ray Little and Joan Mary Pollock, he is survived by his sisters Pat and Maureen, wives Muriel and Sharon, children Cindy Ornellas, Harry Little (Cathy), Mike Little (Katy), Kevin Little (Jenny), Dustin Little, and Brandon Little, grandchildren: Larry Ornellas, Kayleigh Little, Nathan Little, Hayley Little, Ian Little, Lacey Little and Kaitlyn Little; great-grandchildren: Sophia Ornellas, Bruce Ornellas and Connor Ornellas and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Harry grew up in Redding California. He loved the outdoors, camping and boating on Lake Shasta with his family. At a young age he easily picked up new skills. He played the harmonica with the Cypress Harmonica Harmoniers for his school and local community groups. His sister Pat recalls he was an excellent marksman with a BB gun. And he was reported to be pretty good with a bow and arrow. Allegedly, stalking a horse in the open pastures near his house, he might have loosed a single arrow in its general direction which might have struck said horse in the hind-quarters. Said horse then, allegedly, bolted on to a nearby highway where it might have been struck by a passing truck. He always recalled this story with substantial remorse for that old horse. Allegedly.
He moved to Carmichael, near Sacramento, with his family when he was 12 and in the 8th grade he would meet his 1st wife Muriel. In the summer of 57 he worked with Paul Wagoner (who would become his father in law 3 years later) at the Southern Paific railroad as a switchman for the Elvis Tower and the I Street Bridge. He loved big machines and would come to share his railroad experience with his kids, building model railroads and visiting many historical places.
The Air Force Years
Harry loved airplanes and was an accomplished mechanic and all-around handyman. He enlisted in the Air Force 3 Mar 1959, where he scored well in the Mechanical and Electrical aptitudes. After completing his technical training program at Chanute AFB, IL, Honor Graduate Little (A/3C) was assigned to the 43rd Bombardment Wing Organizational Maintenance Squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 18 Sep 59 as an Aircraft Mechanic, Bomber Flight Line Maintenance Section. Transferred to 303rd BW/OMS 4 Mar 60 where he earned A/2C.
While in the service, Harry married his high school sweetheart, Muriel Wagoner, June 5, 1960, and they settled in Tucson, AZ. Harry’s Air Force career was just beginning. He was assigned as the assistant crew chief for a B-47 in September of 1960.
Harry and Muriel celebrated their first child, daughter Cynthia Anne, in May of 1962. He was promoted to A/1C in June of 1962, re-enlisted for another 4 years, and was assigned to the 303rd BW/OMS as a B-47 crew chief. In December of 62 Harry was transferred to the 413th Strategic Wing SAC at Mather AFB, CA, where he would be assigned to the 320th BW/OMS as a B-52 crew chief. In Aug of 1963, Harry and Muriel welcomed their 1st son, Paul Edward, who would unfortunately only live a few months.
The family will receive friends for visitation Tuesday, July 2, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Chapel of Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley, 825 Hartz Way, Danville, CA 94526. Followed by a Celebration of Life at 1:00 PM in the Chapel of Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley.