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Sam R. Little

11/3/1944 - 4/26/2018

PEKIN ~ Sam R. Little, 73, of Pekin, passed away at 12:05 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Pekin Manor.

Born November 3, 1944 in Rantoul to Paul and Nellie Joan (Foster) Little, he married Vicki Lynn Munge on January 14, 1989 at First Christian Church in Pekin.  She survives.

Also surviving are three children, Julie (Joe) Makatura of Lakewood, Colorado, Stephen (Karmen) Little of Noblesville, Indiana and Shane (Tiffany) Little of Fountain, Minnesota; two stepchildren, Derek (Tammy) Anderson of Washington and Darcy Anderson of Nashville, Tennessee; eleven grandchildren and three brothers, Larry (Peggy) Little of Southern Pines, North Carolina, Leslie (Pat) Little of Rantoul and Jon (Pen) Little of St. Cloud, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Sam was raised on the family farm in Rantoul and graduated high school there.  He went on to graduate with his Associates Degree from Ivy Tech and also attended Purdue University.  He had served in the Indiana National Guard.

He worked as a mechanical engineer for Kress Corporation in Brimfield for 26 years and enjoyed travelling the world with his job.  He then worked for Menards at the Pekin store for 12 years in Millwork.  He loved working at Menards because he was able to help people.

Sam was kindhearted, loved people and didn’t know a stranger.  He was a people pleaser by nature and liked to keep busy and do projects.  He had the gift to be able to fix anything.

He enjoyed golfing and fishing and was a member of Sunset Golf Club.  He liked to play cards with family and friends.

He attended First Baptist Church in Pekin.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Pastor Vernon Risner will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Inurnment will follow the service at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Central Illinois Chapter, 614 West Glen Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614 or to First Baptist Church, 700 South Capitol Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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