Kenneth Ray Little | Obituary

November 6, 1940 – January 4, 2024

Kenneth Ray Little (83), also known as Ken, of Federal Way, Washington, died January 4, 2024.

Born in Three Rivers, Texas on November 6th,1940 To Jesse and Mavis Little.

Ken graduated Latta HS in 1959 and attended Hills Business College in OKC, OK.

He was married to Amelia (Carol) Little of Ada and they had three children, Phillip, Elisabeth, and Stephanie. Later he married Judith Little of Federal Way, WA.

Ken loved people and he was the BEST at customer service in any job or volunteer roll he was in. Right out of business school he took his first job with Santa Fe railroad in Wichita, KS. He did a great job of selling tours for them. Later, he took a job working for Ford Motor company in Detroit, MI. After a while, he and the family made their way back to Oklahoma where he took a sales job at Star Manufacturing. After several years, he took a job working for a nonprofit company in southern California called World Vision. He and the whole family moved west. It is at World Vision that his love for travel and helping people would create a foundation that led to him taking a leap of faith to create his own travel business. He called it Classic Events Unlimited. He loved what he did and did not retire until he was 80 years old. From helping folks plan a honeymoon, to helping High School bands travel to Europe, to helping missionaries smuggle Bibles into Kazakhstan, he did a little bit of everything. The greatest journey he loved helping people discover was a walk with Jesus. It was the “ticket” he wanted people to receive the most.

Ken is survived by his children, Phillip Little and his kids, Elena, Ayla and Jed; Elisabeth Gagliardi, her husband Vince, and their kids, Caleb and Brittany, Samantha, Nathan and Cassidy, Benny and Elsha; Stephanie Lawrence, her husband Jim, and their kids, Jacob and Rachael, Andrew and Joei, Riley and Ella; Stepchildren, Lisa Pacini, her husband Dan and their kids, Joe and Katie; Jim Besaw and Mike Tornroth. 11 Great-grandchildren with 3 on the way; Sister, Yvonne Gray, and her family of Ada, OK.

He was proceeded in death by his wife, Judith Little. And earlier on by his parents, Jesse Little and Mavis Shope.

Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, February 3rd at 3 pm at Grace Church of Federal way, WA. 1232 SW Dash Point Rd, 98023.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials or donations may be made to Grace Church of Federal Way, WA