Bob E. Littell

Sunday, April 4, 2021
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Funeral services with military honors for Bob E. Littell were held on Saturday, April 3, 2021 in the Silha Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. with Pastor Chuck Rushing officiating. Rather than leaving behind a tale of a courageous death, Bob wanted it known that he died as a result of being stubborn, refusing to follow doctors’ orders and raising hell for a little over seven decades. He continued his morning coffee run to Holiday and to imbibe at his favorite local watering hole, The Southside Tavern, until his failing health forced him into the Glendive Medical Center. This is where Bob passed peacefully on March 28, 2021.

Born on Oct. 27, 1949 in Glendive to Fred and Olive (France) Littell, and welcomed by older brother Gary, Bob had a happy childhood surrounded by the love of his family. Bob later gained an honorary brother, Tommy Schmidt, a young boy with a difficult home life that gained refuge, comfort, and love in the Littell home. Bob had a special relationship with his maternal grandfather Earl “Shorty” France, whom he enjoyed spending time with.

Educated by Glendive Public Schools to the best of the system’s ability, Bob left Dawson County High School during his senior year to enlist in the Navy. Bob earned his GED while his ship was deployed near Da Nang, Vietnam.

While serving in the US Navy from 1969-1973, Bob had the unique privilege of being on the crew that decommissioned one ship, LST-1073 (Landing Ship Tank) U.S.S. Outagamie County, as well as having the honor of being on the commissioning crew of the U.S.S. Racine LST-1191. In his years of service Bob received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze stars, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm. Bob’s time in service to his country was a defining chapter in his life and one for which he always felt a lot of pride.

After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Bob lived and worked in Portland, Ore. for a short time. However, Glendive was always his home and he returned to Montana. In October of 1974, Bob married Char (Wieland) Roller. From this union daughter Jillian and son Jarod were hatched. The couple later divorced in 1986, but as they say, when one door closes another opens. Bob met the love of his life, Tami Jenkins, later that same year and the two started dating. On June 28, 1993 they were married.

Bob could not have imagined spending his life anywhere but Eastern Montana. He loved the beautiful countryside. He spent his fall every year in search of “the big one,” and spent the remainder of the year planning the next hunt, camping, fishing, watching football and agate picking. He was a man that really appreciated a nice rack. In fact, he had procured so many antlers that they had to be restricted to his basement man cave that he lovingly and proudly referred to as his “boneyard.” He also had an extensive collection of antique bottles.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Fred E Littell; his mother, Olive M (France) Littell; brother, Gary D Littell; and brother from a different mother, Tommy Schmidt.

He is survived by his wife, Tami (Jenkins) Littell; his daughter, Jillian West and son-in-law, Steven of Annapolis, Md.; his son Jarod Littell of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and two grandchildren, Stasha and Geneva Henning of Fargo, N.D.

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