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Obituary for Oren Little



Oren Marshall Little, 91, of Norman, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 31, 2020. He was born Jan. 26, 1929 in Heavener, the seventh child of Ivy and Lucy (Livingston) Little.

He began his early education in Arkansas, moving back to Heavener with his family in 1936.

Oren completed his education and following a period of employment with the Kansas City Southern Railroad, on Jan. 31, 1947 he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

After his discharge in 1948, Oren enlisted in the Air Force, where he served in Georgia, South Carolina, Illinois, and Alaska within the United States. He was also assigned to the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Germany, England and Thailand during his military career.

While stationed in Japan, Oren met Ryuko (Mickey) Kawaguchi. They married Oct. 8, 1964. He was awarded a Korean Service Medal, a United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal during his career. His final assignment was Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas where he retired in February 1975.

Following his military retirement, Oren and Ryuko resided in Austin Texas where he served in the Austin Regional Office of the Internal Revenue Service. He retired from the IRS in April 1991. Following retirement, he was a volunteer driver for veterans at the Austin Veterans’ Administration Medical Clinic.

Although Oren and Ryuko had no children, Oren was well-loved by his siblings and their families including, Delora Little (Akin), Eula Mae Little, Herman Little, Charles Little, Eleanor Jane Little (Kaufman), Lucian Little, Neal Little, Robert Little, John Little, Wendell Little, and Iva Lou Little (Scrivner).

At the time of his death, Oren resided at the Arbor House Assisted Living Center in Norman. He was preceded in death by his cherished wife, Ryuko, his parents Ivy and Lucy Little, seven brothers and three sisters.

Oren is survived by his sister, Iva Lou Scrivner, of Arlington, Texas and many nieces and nephews who enjoyed him at Little family reunions over the years.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 16 at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel in Edmond.


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