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COLUMBIANA — Michael “Mike” Little, 80, of Columbiana died suddenly on Wednesday August 31, 2022.

Mike was born August 1, 1942 in Dover, the son of the late Charles and Irene Monti Little.

Michael was a teacher for 34 years, including four years on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona and 27 years as a science teacher at Boardman High School. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Leetonia. Mike served in the Air Force Reserves and was a member of the Benjamin Firestone Post #290 American Legion. He was also active in many clubs including Nature Conservancy, National Geographic Society, Sierra Club and the Sebring Model Railroad Club. Mike has also served as a national park ranger and has worked at Wind Cave State Park, Colorado National Monument, and Arches National Park. Mike also got his pilot’s license and flew small planes in the 1990s. He was a regular cyclist on the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail and had covered 80,000 miles on his bike.

Mike is survived by his wife, the former Karen Conkle, whom he married on June 3, 1967; his daughter, Sarah (Glenn) Forney of Boise, Idaho and Molly (Dwight) Pavek of Albuquerque, New Mexico; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and siblings David Little and Rosemary Deioma.

He was predeceased by one brother, Charles Paul Little.

The family will receive friends on Friday, September 9, 2022 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana.

A funeral mass will be held on Saturday September 10, 2022 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Leetonia with Rev. Msgr. Peter Polando officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to Little Beaver Creek Greenway Bike Trail c/o Friends of the Park 130 Maple Street Lisbon, OH 44432.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana.

Family and friends can view this obituary and send their condolences to www.familycareservices.com.

03/09/22

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