James W. Little, 89, of 101 Bella Vista Drive, Montoursville, departed this life on Sunday, April 14, 2013.
Born Jan. 29, 1924, at his parents' home in Hughesville, he was a son of the late Watson M. and Beatrice (Hunter) Little. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Halls Station, where they lived until Jim completed fifth grade at the one-room school at Halls Station. The family then moved to Muncy where Jim graduated from the Muncy/Muncy Creek High School in 1942.
During World War II he served with the 835th Bomb Squadron of the 486th Bomb wing in England with the 8th Air Force. During that time, he received six Battle Stars for his European Theater of Operations Medal and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He was discharged in October 1945.
On Feb. 21, 1946, he married the former Phyllis G. Shadduck, with whom he shared 67 wonderful years of marriage. During the next two years, Jim obtained his Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics license; his Pilot's license; and his Ground Instructor's license. He then returned to the Air Force in 1947. During his Air Force career, he was assigned to various units which flew B-17s (Flying Fortress), B-24s (Liberator), B-29 (Superfort), B-36 (Peacemaker) and B-52 type aircraft. At the time of his retirement, he was assigned to 8th Air Force headquarters as Weapons System Manager for Aircraft Propulsions Systems. After leaving the Air Force, he taught for 21 years in the Aviation Department at the former Williamsport Area Community College.
Jim was a life member of the 8th Air Force Historical Society and the 486th Bomb Wing Association. He was also a longtime member of the National Rifle Association, the American Legion, the 28th Bomb Wing Association and the National Association of Uniformed Services.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three sons and daughters-in-law, Eric and Phyllis Little of State College, Kevin and Margaret Little of Salladasburg and Keith and Melissa Little of Roaring Spring; and seven grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew, Katherine, Rachel, Benjamin, Miranda and Sarah Little.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one brother, Dale Little; two sisters, Sara Hampton and Jean Little; and one infant grandson, Keith Richard Little Jr.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 20, at Grenoble's, 121 S. Main St., Muncy, where the funeral will be held at noon. Officiating will be Pastor Sam Awun Hwang of First Presbyterian Church, Williamsport. Burial with full military honors will follow in Muncy Cemetery.
The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or online at www.woundedwarriorproject.com.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grenoblefuneralhome.com