ELBERTA — Allen Lawrence Little, aged 93 of Elberta, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014. Born in Elberta on Oct. 29, 1920 he was the son of Robert B. Little and Mary L. Ives.
Allen graduated from Elberta High School. During high school, he played on the basketball team nicknamed Betsie Bay Bandits, having 18 straight wins and two state championships. The team went undefeated the year of 1936-37.
Shortly after school, on June 29, 1940, Allen married his high school sweetheart, Mabel Summerfield. He went on to honorably serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Dorothea L. Dix.
Before retiring from the Ann Arbor Railroad, Allen served as superintendent in both Manistique and Elberta.
He had a green thumb and could grow the most beautiful flowers and garden. He especially liked watching the birds around his yard. Throughout his life he raised chickens, pigeons, pheasants, rabbits and his swan.
Allen was a life member of the Masonic Lodge No. 270 and the Elberta United Methodist Church, which his grandfather helped build. He spent many years serving his church in various positions and enjoyed decorating the altar.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Surviving are his children, Mary (Dick) Putney and Morris Little; grandchildren, Kimberly (Todd) Nordquist, Michelle (Kirk) Amador, Patricia Little, Scott Little and Paul Little; great-grandchildren, Wesley Nordquist, Ashlee and Drew Amador, Christina and Paul Little; many dear nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years Mabel; son, Allen; daughter-in-law, Patsy Little; great-grandsons, Grant and Alex Nordquist; his three brothers and sister.
A celebration of Allen’s life will be held 1 p.m., Thursday, April 17 at the Elberta United Methodist Church with Pastor Barbara Fay officiating. His family will greet relatives and friends from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, at the Jowett Family Funeral Homes in Benzonia and one hour prior to the service at church. A candle light memorial by the Crystal Lodge #270 will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Gilmore Twp. Cemetery.
Contributions may be directed to the Elberta UMC. Arrangements by Jowett Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Frankfort.