SIKESTON -- Harry Summers Littleton, 86, died at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 12, 2008, at The Lutheran home in Cape Girardeau.
Born Sept. 17, 1921, at Newport, Ark., son of the late Martin Harry and Frances Ewing Littleton, he was a 1939 graduate of Charleston High School and attended Southeast Missouri State University at Cape Girardeau for two years. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force on Aug. 27, 1942, and served for 43 months during World War II. After his discharge, he attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, graduating in 1948 with a bachelor's degree in agriculture, and taught Veterans Vocational Agriculture for four years at Lilbourn High School. In 1952, he was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture until his retirement in 1981 as district director of Farmers Home Administration. He also owned and managed a farm near Lilbourn for many years.
On Sept. 10, 1947, he married Rosemary Proffer who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Harry Jr. and Kathy Littleton of Newton, Kan.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Ron Rakey of Anderson, S.C., and Mary and Bruce Barnes of Sikeston; one sister, Elizabeth Myracle of Portageville; five grandsons, Clayton Rakey, Justin Rakey, Ben Littleton, Andrew Littleton, and Scott Barnes; and one great grandson, Clayton Rakey Jr.
Visitation will be held Monday from noon until time of services at 1 p.m. Rev. Geoff Posegate, pastor of First United Methodist Church, will officiate.
Burial with full military honors will follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery at Sikeston.
The Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be sent to:
First United Methodist Church
1307 North Main Street
Sikeston, MO 63801
Sikeston Public Library
221 North Kingshighway
Sikeston, MO 63801