Littlefield remembered as a ‘rock’

By Kathryn Jones

Editor

Photo from Chad Littlefield's memorial Facebook page.

Photo from Chad Littlefield’s memorial Facebook page.

Chad Littlefield, who was killed alongside retired Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle last Saturday at Rough Creek Lodge’s shooting range near Glen Rose, died with a trusted friend while trying to help a “troubled” veteran, family members and friends said Wednesday.

Although the high-profile Kyle, who wrote a bestselling memoir about his military service and his more than 150 “kills” of enemies in Iraq, has been receiving most of the media attention after the shootings, Littlefield also has been receiving an outpouring of support for him and his family.

Littlefield and Kyle had taken a Marine reservist, Eddie Ray Routh, 25, to the Rough Creek range after Routh’s mother, Jodi, had reached out to Kyle, public records show. Routh is accused of shooting them both multiple times with a semi-automatic handgun. He has been charged with capital murder and is being held on a $3 million bond in the Erath County Jail.

Littlefield, 35, was involved in trying to help returning vets cope with the transition to civilian life as much as Kyle was, friends and relatives said. So it was not unusual for him to join Kyle on a trip to the shooting range to try to help out a fellow vet.

Routh suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and had been in and out of a psychiatric hospital, as well as the VA hospital in Dallas, before the slayings.

Flags have been flying at half-mast in Midlothian, where the Littlefield and Kyle families were neighbors.

A visitation for Littlefield will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, at Midlothian Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Midlothian. Burial will follow at Mount Zion Cemetery.

Chad Hutson Littlefield was born in Dallas in 1977. He would have turned 36 on Monday, the day that Kyle’s memorial service is scheduled to be held at 1 p.m. at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The public is invited.

Littlefield graduated from DeSoto High School in 1995. He and his wife, Leanne, have a daughter, Morgan. His wife is a co-principal at Walnut Grove Middle School in Midlothian.

He worked as the facilities and logistics manager for Eagle Labs Inc. in DeSoto.

Littlefield “had the utmost respect for the military and died supporting his trusted friend, Chris Kyle, and a troubled veteran,” according to a posting by Craft International, the Dallas-based company Kyle founded to provide security, defense and combat weapons training to military, police, corporate and civilian clients. “Chad’s passing is a tremendous loss, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the Littlefield family.”

In his obituary released Wednesday, Littlefield’s family wrote that “he would tell you he was a ‘regular guy just taking care of business,’ and was happiest spending time with his family and friends.

“His family and friends would tell you he was a ‘rock,’ always there when you needed him, dependable and responsible, ready to grab you in his arms to let you know he loved you and everything would be all right,” the obituary continued.

Littlefield’s older brother, Jerry Richardson, said his parents are “pleased to know that he was loved and will not be forgotten.”

“I will miss my precious baby brother and want all to know he was and will always be my hero,” Littlefield’s brother wrote on a memorial Facebook page set up for Littlefield. “My family is so appreciative of the great support and outpouring of love. Thank you again for all the prayers. That is how we are making it right now.”

Littlefield’s sister-in-law, Teresa Richardson, Wednesday morning posted a statement on Facebook that described him as a “great guy who loved, honored and respected his mom and dad, Judy and Don Littlefield. He loved and looked up to his brother, Jerry Richardson, my beloved husband. He was a devoted husband and father. His family was his life. He loved working with Chris Kyle and what they did to help veterans.

“He followed in the Lord’s footsteps everyday,” she added.  “He was always there when you needed him. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for family or a friend. You could always count on him.”

Family friend Brian White set up the Facebook page in Littlefield’s memory.

“Regretfully, Chad is not getting a lot of media attention as is Chris Kyle, which is not Chris’s or Chad’s fault,” he wrote. “But as a family friend for more than 30 years, I felt the need to let everyone know who Chad was and what kind of person he was to everyone who knew him.

“Thank you for taking the time to let Chad into your lives even though he is no longer with us, but with us in spirit,” Whited added.

Littlefield is survived by his wife, Leanne; daughter, Morgan; parents, Don and Judy Littlefield; brother, Jerry Richardson, and wife, Teresa; nephew, Colten Richardson, and niece, Cami Richardson; grandmother, Geraldine Conlan; aunts Dorothy Mitchell, Frances Cooper, Diana Cheek and Jean Doty; uncle, Richard Mitchell; and numerous cousins.

Other family members include parents-in-law, Tom and Kit Montgomery; brother-in-law, John Montgomery; and his children, Halee and Hayden.

A fund has been set up through Craft International to accept contributions to help the Littlefield and Kyle families. Here is the link: Memorial fund

3 Responses to Littlefield remembered as a ‘rock’

  1. Cindy A Savage Reply

    March 9, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I’m a veteran, and an artist. I just won 3 first place
    Spots in the San Diego VA art competition, next is
    State level then, nationals.

    Currently I’m working to enter a project into
    The “Veterans Day poster” competition.

    Time is short as its due end of April.

    I have a concept, in mind but lack of photos
    Have me in a bind.

    For me, as a veteran, the tomb of unknown
    Is essential , but the known solider’s too.

    My theme: For the known and Unknown

    Both Chris and chad fit the bill for known and unknow!

    Due to limited time, and I have now way to contact
    Their families I’m not committed to entering the contest.

    However I’m still committed to my idea for a
    Poster including both of these beautiful men
    And their family’s.

    I trust god will make it happen in the time frame
    That is good for all and will work on this project
    As I know I was given the idea for a reason!

    Please feel free to contact me on Facebook , Cindy Savage
    Ramona, ca

    I’ve uploaded my art in the competition, with
    Explanation’s attached.

    If the families are interested in contacting me
    My friends call me “ally”

    Ally@allysavage.com

    God speed

  2. Kathy Crouch Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 2:28 am

    God has two more warriors on his side. I’m glad to see some information about Chad. I wish I could have known these two men and their families. RIP Chad.

    • Kathryn Reply

      February 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Me too, Kathy. Thanks so much for reading and for writing.
      Best,
      Kathryn

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