Rannal Eugene “Gene”
WORLAND – Rannal Eugene
“Gene” Little of Worland died on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Billings Clinic
Hospital in Billings, Mont.
Gene was born on Jan. 23, 1930 in Mercer, Mo., a son of Cecil and
Violet (Shields) Little. He attended grade school in Missouri
before moving to Mansfield,
S.D. to live with his
He joined the U.S. Army in 1947 and was stationed
at Camp Stoneman,
Calif. Following his discharge in
late 1948, he returned to South Dakota before
moving to Davenport, Iowa.
he worked for Brammer Manufacturing, a major
cabinet-building company. He worked for them and was the assembly management
supervisor for the company when he retired in 1986.
Gene met Elizabeth A. “Betty” Matthew while working
at Brammer. They were married on Feb. 2, 1952 at Galesburg, Ill.
The couple lived in the Quad Cities area. He and Betty bought property in
Worland in 1981 and moved a little bit of their furniture to their new home in Wyoming each year until
finally settling here in 1986.
Gene loved the mountains and started coming to Wyoming in the 1950s. He
was an avid horseman all of his life. He loved to hunt big game and to go fishing.
He was a longtime member of the Shoshone Backcountry Horsemen and was a member
of the Worland Elks Lodge.
His attraction to the mountains included frequent
pack trips to Lake Solitude and other lakes in the Big Horn Mountains. He loved to camp at Battle
Park Campground and was known as the unofficial caretaker and mayor of Battle Park.
He was a photographer and had hundreds of pictures of the back country trips.
Gene was a great neighbor to his friends on West River Road and
helped them put up firewood, plow snow and always offered to help them in any
He loved to go to auctions and always tried to be
there first to get Number One on the bidding cards.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by his
wife, Betty, in 2008.
Gene is survived by his nephews, Terry (Donna) Preszler of Chillicothe, Mo., Rick Preszler
of Princeton, Mo. Steve Miller of Loves Park, Ill. and Tommy Miller of
Princeton; his niece, Cindy Vandeenburg of
Springfield, Mo.; and by a close group of friends in Worland.
The casket will be open at Veile
Mortuary on Tuesday, April 19 from 7-8:30 p.m.
The funeral service will be held on Wednesday,
April 20 at 1 p.m. at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Worland with Rev. Guy
Helms officiating. Burial will follow at the Ten Sleep Cemetery in Ten Sleep, Wyo.
at 2:34 p.m.
Veile Mortuary of Worland
is in charge of the funeral arrangements.