Ian

On the beautiful fall morning of November 9th, Ian Joseph Little, age 23, of Cuyahoga Falls, OH passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Ian was a dearly loved father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, grandson and friend and is greatly missed. He was a kind and sensitive soul with a big heart who noticed those who were new or alone and made them feel welcome and accepted. His greatest gift was his heart for helping and supporting others. His smile and laughter were contagious and shined a positive light everywhere he went. Ian grew up in Copley, Ohio with his older brother Ben and his triplet sisters Ingrid and Issy whom he graduated with in 2015. During high school he was a member of Unity YOU and P.A.N.D.A. Some of his favorite childhood memories were traveling to Illinois to spend holidays with his cousins, riding horses at Victory Gallup, YOU and Uniteen retreats, climbing trees, loving on his dog Buddy and picking up and cuddling any cat he saw.

After high school he served in the United States Marine Corp and spent time stationed in California, North and South Carolina and Norway. During his time in the military he earned the rank of Corporal, married, and had a daughter. His friendships in the Marines were vast and he helped many during their own time of despair. He was known to be the type of person who would give you the shirt off his back if you were in need and the same person to go out of his way to put a smile on your face and make sure you were alright. His heart, leadership and caring nature defined him and earned him the respect of his fellow Marines. Putting on the uniform gave Ian a sense of pride and purpose that will remain with us as we remember him.

In April, 2020 he transitioned to civilian life and focused on the love of his life, his daughter Rosalie. He enjoyed playing and taking care of her and making her laugh. Her smile and hugs gave him joy and filled his heart with love. Ian was registered and excited to start Lineman College in January, 2021.

Ian is survived by his wife, Nina Little and beautiful daughter Rosalie Baylee Little of Barberton, OH. His older brother Benjamin Little of San Antonio,TX. His sisters Ingrid Little of Los Angeles, CA and Isabella Little of Akron, OH. His half siblings, Wade Watkins of La Honda, CA and Lauren Schwanke of Boulder, CO. Step Siblings Cooper LeSeure of Memphis, TN and, Kristian LeSeure and Mara LeSeure of Stow, OH. Nephew, Lucas Little of San Antonio, TX. Mother and Stepfather Deborah Little and JK LeSeure of Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Father, Joseph Little of Garfield Heights, OH. Grandparents Dan and Jackie Worthey of Watseka, IL and, Grandfather Jim LeSeure of Bloomington, IN. He was blessed with a multitude of loving Friends, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins that he leaves behind and lastly, his dog Sam the Beagle.

He is preceded in death by his half sibling Baylee Gatlin. Uncle, Michael Worthey. Grandparents Jim and Kaye Little and, Loyd Lee and Carol Sullivan in addition to numerous great-grandparents and, his beloved dog Buddy.

Services are scheduled for Monday, November 16th. Visitation is from 3-6pm with a Memorial Service directly following. Both will be held at Unity Chapel of Light at 503 Northwest Ave., Tallmadge, OH 44278. Ian’s celebration of life will also be live streamed at www.unitychapeloflight.sermon.net/main and their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UnityChapelofLight starting at 6pm.

Services

Family Viewing: November 16, 2020 3:00 - 6:00 pm

Unity Chapel of Light
503 Northwest Ave.
Tallmadge, OH 44278


Memorial Service: November 16, 2020 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Unity Chapel of Light
503 Northwest Ave.
Tallmadge, OH 44278


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  1. You will never be forgotten and will always be a part of my life. The impact you had on me can never be explained in words. You are in a better place. Til we meet there my brother. – RP Kasper

  2. So sorry I won’t be able to be there with you to celebrate Ian’s life with you in person but will be with you in spirit and live stream. Sending my love, hugs, and prayers of comfort for all of you.

  3. Thank you for all your jokes, laughs, and support while we were at Copley brother. You will truly be missed my friend.

  4. Ian, thanks for taking me under your wing as a freshman at Copley. You taught me never to take life too serious and it helped me grow into the person I am today. Thank you for being a friend that was always there no matter what I got myself into and for always being able to pick up where we left off. I love you and miss you forever.

  5. I’m so sorry for your loss, Debbie. Many thoughts and prayers for you and your family. May Ian Rest In Peace.

  6. To the Little family. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear son. My heart prayers and love goes out to all of you. He was incredibly brave to become a Marine. You have so much to be proud of. My prayer for you all is to be able to feel his spirit and in that Spirit his renewed strength and light. God bless you all I sincerely am so sorry. As I said I will most definitely pray, light candles, and hope for you all energy to get through this most difficult time. Much love, Laura Lyn

  7. Ian, I love you dearly. I miss you. I wasn’t much older than you but I always had a motherly love for you. Your name is “son” under my phone, and I always called you my son.

    So here is to my skate buddy, to my best friend at Camp Pendleton, to all the goofiness and full laughs. To dedicating your forearm to a Harry Potter tattoo just because I suggested it. To getting a spray tan with me. To trying your first french fry in a milkshake with me (you hated it). To always allowing me to borrow your clothes. To talking politics. To listening to 90s country in my car. The day you left me at Pendleton I was so so sad.

    You were the best company anyone could have wished for. You leveled out a high strung gal. You will never be forgotten. IGY6.

  8. Dear Deborah,
    May you have calm assurance of God’s presence. May His abiding presence be your constant source of comfort & peace. My prayers go out to you, your family & all those who were fortunate enough to have crossed paths with your precious son Ian. 🙏❤️🙏

  9. Deborah, Ingrid, Izzy and the little family-We are so sad to hear about Ian’s passing, and may he rest in peace. If not for Covid we would be there in a heartbeat. Ian came into our life after he found our granddaughter Baylee Gatlin, his half-sister, and seeing he was at Camp Pendelton we were able to see much of him. We are so glad we got the time with him that we did and I know he changed our family in the best possible way. Love you all, Ken & Tessie

  10. You will be dearly missed. You were such a bright light in the years I knew you through uniteens and YOU. I hope you are at peace, and you’re family is in my prayers. Rest easy Ian.

  11. May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
    May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

    May your memories of Ian Joseph Little, give you peace, comfort and strength…

    Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
    I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
    My thoughts
    and prayers to the family of ….

    US Marine Veteran, Ian Joseph Little, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

    † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

  12. I saw you through your sister Ingrid and your life shines bright. Peace by with your family and love to you in this universe 💞

  13. Dammit, Ian. My heart hurts knowing you are gone, but not gone. Your spirit will be here on watch. And you will watch everyone from afar, but they will feel your love. Ian, I am so very sorry you did this, you were loved, but in a moment of overwhelming, transient sadness you were gone. You didn’t do this out of anger, or to lash out, you did this because you were in pain you bottled up. I hope others learn something from their sadness, suiciders regret pulling the trigger, or the moment they let go of the bridge, or accidentally take too many pills – the second afterward. We know this from survivors. We know this from how hard your spirit misses all your friends and family. One day your spirit will be at rest when our anger and sadness and your regret and fear subsides into just love. Ian, you are so missed. You will be in our hearts for as long as our hearts beat, until we see you on the other side. Please know that though you did this, you are so, so loved. You’ve left your family and friends devastated and I know you never wanted to do this. If you’d known that statistically your daughter is 50% more likely to do the same, you never, ever would have done this. All of us have to love her and reach out to her that much more. The devil is in the details. I imagine you just wanted to feel relief from the pain you were in pain. Till Valhalla. Please, everyone who knew Ian, if you have feelings of overwhelming sadness and grief and just can’t seem to get through this, or anything, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.8255, they will put you on with someone who will listen, someone who has been there. 24 hours a day, no judgement. Feelings of suicide are transient, please know this. They can get you through this before it becomes a moment of regret. Every time you feel the sadness, guilt, love of missing Ian, know he is nearby, light a candle, say a prayer and just speak to him. See you on the other side, Ian you were amazing. Your indomitable spirit will live forever in your daughter and in the hearts your love lives in.
    Sally

  14. Ian, you taught me vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness. You reminded me to see the beauty in the world because it’s always overlooked. I miss you so much, I wish I could hug you and tell you one more time in person that I love you. But I know when I see a beautiful sunset, or the wind wraps around me outside, that it’s you, and even if you aren’t here in person, you’re still here, and I can always say hi. I love you dearly, and I hope you’re happy and at peace wherever you are.

  15. I was saddened to hear the news of Ian. He was an active member of PANDA in middle and high school. He had a positive energy and was fun to be around. My heart goes out to his family and friends. You will be missed.

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