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Kapala-Glodek-Malone Funeral Home

7800 Bass Lake Road, New Hope, MN

OBITUARY

Richard L Little

May 22, 1933July 5, 2020

Richard L. Little, age 87, passed away peacefully at home on July 5th. He is survived by his wife, Deloris; daughters, Marie (Jack) Mark, Pat (Tim) Bethke, Teresa (Tom) Tellin, Beth (Didier) Chaigne, Kathleen (Michael) Stier; sons, Tom (Kristine), and Tim (Julie); 18 grand-children; 8 great-grandchildren; brother, Bob and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Little; mother, Genevieve Campbell; and grandson, Aaren. Dick was an inspired entrepreneur and a brilliant inventor - His office walls are lined with patents. He was also involved with several start-up companies. Dick was the founder and (retired) CEO of MedAmicus, a successful medical device company, but when asked, he would tell you that his greatest accomplishment was his family. He treasured his wife, Deloris, the love of his life for over 67 years. They loved travelling, with Maui being a favorite, then coming back to their lake home to share precious time with family and friends. Dick liked solving problems, from the technical to the philosophical, and he could fix just about anything. He was a generous man, not only with gifts, but also with his home. Dick's presence and support, his big bear hugs, and his love will be greatly missed. In consideration of everyone’s well-being, private family services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to the donor’s favorite charity.

Services

  • Private Family Celebration of Life to be held at a later date

Memories

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Kristine Bemboom

July 18, 2020

Deloris (& Family) -

I am so sorry for your loss. It's hard to believe it's been almost 30 years ago since I met you both. You were traveling (I think in China) when I started working at MedAmicus. The 8 years I spent there provided me with an education that was just as important and invaluable as the one I received from St. Ben's. I enjoyed my time there so much, met some incredible people, and felt like an important part of the company. Dick had such a warmth about him and cultivated a welcoming environment. It was such a joy to work for a company where the owner/boss always had a smile on his face.

Dick's resilience always impressed me. It seemed like there was nothing that could keep him down. He made MedAmicus feel like a family. Dick genuinely cared for every one of his employees and it was a privilege to be invited to your home.

I always looked forward to seeing you at my Dad's office every year. It was so nice to still have that small connection with you both. I'm a better person just from having known Dick. He will be greatly missed! ❤

Pat Dalton

July 15, 2020

We were so sorry to hear about Dick's passing. You two were such important people in my parents' lives! And we can never thank you enough for your support for us and my dad during his final days in his battle with brain cancer. I loved listening to your stories of growing up in Minneapolis, about the bar in NE and your early courtship. Dick brought much joy, laughter and warmth to all who knew him. We smiled over the picture you chose - when I think of Dick it is always in one of those multi-colored sweaters. ( He is even wearing one in the picture with you two and my dad at my house.) We are so sad that we could not provide you with the same support during this difficult time. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

Cheryl Quinn

July 14, 2020

What a terrible loss, Dick was always a favorite in the Quinn family. Dick and Deloris welcomed all 7 of us into their home on so many occasions when they already had such a big houseful. We spent many fun days with the family. Dick was always very generous, lending us their family camper and anything else we needed. When I first launched into biotech entrepreneurship Dick spent hours on the phone giving me advice and insight on the difficulties and hurdles. Dick and Deloris visited our Dad when he was dying from brain cancer, bringing him many laughs in his final days. I hope you all had those kind of laughs with Dick in the final weeks. Very glad he was able to be at home surrounded by all of his family who he loved so greatly. My deepest condolences.

Jean Quinn-Davis

July 13, 2020

So sorry for the loss, and that we can't be there for you. My favorite memory is cleaning the smelt in your basement for the "roe" one summer. All the Little kids and all the Quinn kids. Dick & Deloris were one of our folks' oldest friends, Hugs to all of you!

Beth Chaigne

July 11, 2020

Miss you so much, papa!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY