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LITTLE, Richard A. ( Rick )
LITTLE, Richard A. ('Rick') of Lancaster peacefully passed away at home on Saturday, May 28, 2016 after a long illness, surrounded by his loving family. Rick was born March 10, 1948 in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada and moved with his mother, the late Esther Brewer, to Lancaster in 1960. After faithfully serving his country in the U.S. Army in Vietnam as a helicopter gunner and crew chief, Rick returned to Lancaster, where he met and married the love of his life, Renee in 1979. Rick worked for Lockheed Corporation in Palmdale on the L-1011 program and then began a long and successful career in the local banking industry, which spanned 30 years and included 24 years as part of the original management team at Antelope Valley Bank, as Senior Vice President of Construction and Real Estate Lending, where he served as a true 'community banker' . Rick was active in community service in his usual quiet and unassuming way, serving as the Head Trader of the A.V. Trade Club and was a dedicated volunteer with the A.V. Fair, serving on various committees for many years, including the Rural Olympics and the Junior Livestock Auction. Rick was a diehard fan of the LA Kings and was grateful that he was able to see them win two Stanley Cups during his lifetime. Rick was happiest when 'on the water', whether it was serving as 'Charter Master' for years on annual deep sea fishing trips to Mexico aboard the 'Red Rooster', boating, camping and riding watercraft at Lake Mohave, or on their 37' Santana Sailboat cruising to Catalina. Rick is survived by his soul-mate and devoted wife Renee, son Brian Little, daughter Melissa Renfro and three loving grandchildren. Rick was preceded in death by his stepfather and mother, Bob and Esther Brewer of Lancaster.A loving and devoted son, husband, father and grandfather, he lead by example and lived life by 'the Golden Rule'. Rick will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by all who knew him and the family will fulfill Ricks final wish that his remains be spread upon the waters of the blue Pacific between the California coast and Santa Catalina island that he loved. 'May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand'.

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