GONE ELECTRIC – Skipper of the F/V Sunbeam, Fabian Grutter, unplugs the vessel from the Crescent Harbor dock prior to testing out a new electric motor Wednesday. The Sunbeam is the first  hybrid diesel electric fishing boat in Sitka. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Michael Arthur Littlefield

Michael Arthur Littlefield

Services for Michael Arthur Littlefield, 70, will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 29, at Sitka National Cemetery.

A potluck will follow at the ANB Founders Hall.

Mike, who served in the military in Vietnam, died May 21 in Sitka after a long illness connected to his service.

He was born March 10, 1948, in Juneau, but lived most of his life in Sitka. His Tlingit name was Sakuyei, and he was of the Raven Moiety of the Ganax Tediee Clan of the Ishisa Hit Taan House.

Mike worked with the BIA high school, BIA boat shop, Public Health Service Hospital, Alaska Marine Highway, Alaska Pipeline, and Sitka Police Department, and was in Juneau, Haines and Washington state.

He was a U.S. Navy Seabee attached to a Marine Corps battalion while in Vietnam. He served in several areas, and was in action during the Tet Offensive, where he was wounded and earned the Purple Heart.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur N. Littlefield and Nancy Littlefield, and a sister, Alice Titell.

He is survived by his daughter, Heather Littlefield, and his son, Joseph Littlefield, both of Lemmon, S.D.


Also surviving are his brother Patrick Littlefield, his wife Shirley Littlefield, and their son, Loren Littlefield; and his sister, Charlene Johnsen, her husband Earl Johnsen, of Longview, Wash., and their children, Yvonne Grant, Christopher Johnsen, Mary Jane Frazier and Terry Burgett.

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