Dr. Valgene's Story
Funeral services for Dr. Valgene Littlefield are 11:00 am, Friday, July 15, 2016, at Tahlequah First Baptist Church. Officiating will be Pastor Buddy Hunt and Reverend Ron Rice. Interment will follow in the Tahlequah City Cemetery under the care of Green Country Funeral Home. Online condolences for the family may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com
Dr. Valgene Littlefield was born September 23rd, 1925 in Peggs, Oklahoma to David Madison Littlefield and Nola Ruth (Estes) Littlefield. "Doc" died peacefully in his sleep at Go Ye Village in Tahlequah on the morning of July 11th, 2016. He was 90 years of age.
Valgene grew up in rural Oklahoma where he enjoyed riding his pony, Midget, playing his guitar, and spending time outdoors. After graduating from Locust Grove high school, he moved to Tahlequah where he studied history, literature, and was part of the debate team at Northeastern State College. It was also there that he met the love of his life and future bride, Ruth Rasnic.
After earning a B.S. in education, Valgene enlisted in the United States Army, where he served in the 24th infantry division during the post-World War II foreign occupation of Japan. Following the completion of his military service, he returned to Oklahoma to marry Ruth on July 12, 1947, marking the beginning of 67 years of marriage. Together they raised their two children and supported one another as they developed their careers.
In the fall of 1947, Valgene began teaching at Pierce High School, laying the foundation of a long and successful speech and debate-coaching career.
Upon completion of his Master's degree at the University of Tulsa, he began coaching and teaching at the collegiate level. He ultimately returned to his beloved Tahlequah and alma mater, Northeastern State College after earning his Ph.D. in speech and debate from the University of Oklahoma. Over his 28 years at NSC, "Doc" was a mainstay of the teaching faculty and at the center of creating a forensic and debate dynasty with national recognition.
Outside of a prolific teaching career, "Doc" Littlefield enjoyed multiple passions including music, OU sports (especially women's softball), fly-fishing, and "voting" on a horse race or two. He was a Deacon at the First Baptist Church of Tahlequah and held many roles of leadership in the church. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.
Valgene was an outstanding husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He leaves a legacy of compassion, kindness, and generosity for his family and his thousands of students.
Dr. Littlefield is preceded in death by his wife Ruth and granddaughter Jennifer Littlefield. He is survived by his son, Mike Littlefield, his daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and Jay Hannah, his three grandchildren, Natalie Haskins and husband Tim, Andrew Littlefield and wife Eileen, and Chase Littlefield; two great grandchildren, Ruthie and Jack; as well as a host of friends and loved ones.
The family wishes to thank all our friends and family for their love and support. We also want to thank the many that contributed quality care to Valgene during his final days, Go Ye Village Assisted Living, and Carter Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, the Dr. Valgene Littlefield Debate Scholarship has been established for those wishing to contribute. Donations can be mailed to the NSU Foundation at 812 N Cedar Avenue
Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464.
Published on July 13, 2016