Carl Duane Little

August 20, 1944October 6, 2021

PEKIN ~ Carl Duane “Pete” Little, 77, of Pekin, passed away at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at UnityPoint Health in Pekin.

Born August 20, 1944 in Pekin to Honor K. and Millie L. (Gosnell) Little, he married Mary E. Constable on August 17, 1968 in Hannibal, Missouri.

Surviving are three sons, Steve (Christy) Little of Green Valley, Jeffrey (Michelle) Little of Pekin and Brian (Diane) Little of Wheaton; six grandchildren, Ashley Quisenberry, Cloey Little, Sarah Little, Jake Little, Ola Little and Mia Little; one brother, Bob Little of Normal and one sister, Mary Shoemaker of Canton.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Carl was a United States Army veteran and served from August 22, 1961 to August 21, 1964.

He worked at Caterpillar, Inc. as a welder for 30 years, retiring on August 20, 1994. He then worked as a custodian at Pekin Community High School for 9 years.

Carl enjoyed gardening and deer hunting. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandkids. He was a past member of Limestone American Legion Post 979 in Bartonville and the former George M. Maple Memorial AMVETS Post 235 in Pekin. He was a long serving member of the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team.

His private graveside service will be held Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at War Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Pekin. Military rites will be accorded by the United States Army and the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team. There will be no visitation. Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

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Barb Ricker

October 9, 2021

I worked at Cat with Carl and what a fine enjoyable man he was. I was a millwright and he was a maintenance welder. No job was too big too hot or too dirty for Carl. Always smiling and gracious he was my favorite welder. God bless you all and I am sure Carl is smiling in heaven.

Kim Brown

October 8, 2021

Jeff and family,
So sorry to hear of Carl's passing. He was one of the sweetest men I've ever known. Our prayers are with you.
Larry and Kim Brown

Ed and Cathy Burke

October 8, 2021

Steve, Jeff, Brian we are so sorry to hear about your dad passing. Pete was such a great guy. We always had so much fun talking to him through the years. He definitely knew how to throw a family reunion. Even though we hadn’t seen him in a few years, we will always remember our times with him and the rest of the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow.

Brad Schulze

October 7, 2021

Brian, the immediate, and extended Little family — may his memory provide you comfort during your time of grief

Steve & Angi Dault

October 7, 2021

Jeff, so very sorry for you and your family’s loss. You have our sincere condolences. You will all be in our prayers as you go through this difficult time of your dad’s passing.

Chris Toltzman

October 6, 2021

I never got the chance to meet Carl but I know his 3 sons well and they are all outstanding men. I’m sure he’s eternally proud of them.

Mary Kerby

October 6, 2021

Pete will be missed by all who knew him. He was always there when someone needed something and always willing to help .

Rebecca Price

October 6, 2021

Jeff, you and the rest of the family have my sympathy. Pete will be missed by his Autumn Accolade family. Thank you for the honor of letting us take care of him. I'll miss seeing you. Praying for you as you navigate life without him.