HAMILTON – Earl Lee Little Jr., 78, of Hamilton, passed away Jan. 13, 2018, at the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospice Center in Hamilton. He was born May 15, 1939, in Seymour, Wisconsin, the son of Earl A. Little Sr. and Stella S. Little, who was of Santee Sioux descendants.
Following high school graduation he attended the University of Oshkosh in Wisconsin. Earl married Joan Krueger on Aug. 18, 1962. The couple was married for 55 years. He worked as a juvenile officer in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. He also worked as a part time game warden. While in Wisconsin, he was a member of the Wisconsin National Guard in the 32nd Division, Red Arrow Division, and was called up during the Bay of Pigs. From 1964 to 1965 Earl was a vendor for the State of Wisconsin at the World’s Fair. He was an outdoor writer for local, national and international publications. Earl worked at various fly shops in Ravalli County.
He was a member of the Wisconsin Outdoor Writers Association and the American Legion. Earl was a member of Trout Unlimited, the Bitterroot Water Forum, Ravalli County Fish and Wildlife Association and the Hamilton Gun Club. He was an avid dry fly fisherman and fly tier.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents Earl Sr. and Stella Little. He is survived by his wife, Joan of Hamilton; sons, Scott Little of Hamilton and Mark A. (Teresa) Little of Spooner, Wisconsin; and granddaughter, Anna Elizabeth Little.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at the Riverside Christian Center in Hamilton, with Pastor Bill Peddie officiating. Private family urn placement will take place at a later date. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com
The family suggests memorials to the Bitterroot Water Forum, Trout Unlimited or MDM Hospice of the Bitterroot.