Obituary: Joseph James Little

May 19, 1949 ~ July 24, 2022

Joseph James Little, 73, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Sunday, July 24, 2022 at the Door County Medical Center.

He was born May 19, 1949 in Manitowoc, son of the late Dwight Frank and Susan Claire (Scheeler) Little. Joe graduated from Lincoln High School with the Class of 1967 before continuing his education to obtain his degree in welding. He proudly served in the United States Army until his honorable discharge. Joe worked as a warehouse supervisor for Marine Travelift Inc. for 25 years, retiring in 2007. On June 6, 1970, he and Elizabeth Anna Naibert were united in marriage at First German Ev. Lutheran Church in Manitowoc. They were members of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay. Joe was a past president and member of the Door County Rod & Gun Club and Bay Flyers. He enjoyed RC Airplanes, motorcycles, and shooting sports.

Joe is survived by his wife of 52 years, Betty; two children, Lisa (Tim) Lautenbach of Sturgeon Bay and Jason (Lissa) Little of Kewaunee; grandchildren, Kaiela (John) Babor, Timothy Joseph “TJ” Lautenbach, Tyler Miller, Tanner Miller, and Shayne Luck; and great-grandchildren, Jaxsen, Benjamin, Milo, and Oliver Babor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dwight and Susan Little and siblings, (infant) Jerry, Joyce Stockmeyer, Tom (Carole) Little, and Dwight “Dick” (Lea) Little Jr.

In honor of Joe’s wishes, no formal services will be held.

Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Little family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Joe may be shared with his family through his tribute page at