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James Little

James Little


Dr. James M. Little, 83, of Perham, formerly Mayville, N.D., died June 18 at Sanford Health in Fargo. N.D.

Dr. James McNair Little was born in Mayville on May 6, 1930; the son of Dr. R.C. and Marion Little. He grew up in Mayville with his sister Audrey (Little) Williams and graduated from Mayville High School.

As a boy, Jim was very active in the Boy Scouts of America and received his Eagle Scout Award. He was involved with founding the Boy Scout Wilderness Camp on Bad Axe Lake, Hubbard County, Minn.

He earned his bachelor's degree and medical doctorate at the University of Minnesota. While attending medical school, he met the love of his life, Jean Lundahl. They were married in September 1953. Dr. Jim served in the United States Air Force with the rank of captain. He was the ranking officer/clinician at the Syracuse (NY) Air Force Clinic.

Dr. Jim and Jean moved back to Mayville where he began practicing medicine with his father and Dr. LeFleur in the early 50s. He also served as the Traill County coroner for several years. He loved the communities and the people of Traill County and was very proud to practice with his clinic partners, Dr. Ron Kloster, Dr. Del Hlavinka and Dr. Glenn Thoreson, and the hardworking nurses and staff of Mayville Clinic and Hospital. Later in his career, he enjoyed working with new colleagues in MeritCare satellite clinics.

Dr. Jim and Jean retired in 1990 and loved the lake and enjoyed having family around whenever possible.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Jean; children, Kris (Doug) Black, Eden Prairie Minn., Jamie Little, Reno Nev., Barb (John) Fugleberg, West Fargo, N.D., Jody Little, Grand Forks N.D., John Little, San Diego; grandchildren, Leslie (Mike) Ingberg, Jeffrey (Alissa) Harris, Adam (Ruby) and Laura Fugleberg, and Jacob, Derek and Sidney Osland; great-grandchildren, Grace and Charles Ingberg, and Carter Harris; and sister, Audrey (Doug) Williams, Grand Forks.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be given to Sanford Mayville Hospital.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, with a prayer service at 7, at Baker Funeral Home Chapel, Mayville, and will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. His funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, June 21, at Mayville Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the Mayville Cemetery. An online guestbook is available at