Washtucna Town Marshal honored by Pasco Police

PASCO, Wash. – It’s been 60 years since Town Marshal Walter Little was gunned down inside of a Washtucna, Washington grocery store.

Old newspapers and family members paint the story of a hard-working husband and father of two daughters, Connie and Nancy.

“He was just a good guy, he was just a good dad,” Nancy Meise, Walter’s daughter, said.

Marshal Little served small Washtucna in a big way.

He was also the town’s police chief, parks director, ambulance driver, sanitation director and even took care of Washtucna’s cemetery.

“Very loyal man I’ll put it that way; a good worker, he always did good things for everybody. I was a tough ol’ bird too, just like my dad I think, went down in genes,” Nancy laughed.

“24 hours a day, 7 days a week on duty,” Pasco Police Chief Ken Roske said.

Nancy, now 83, still remembers the day her father was killed.

Marshal Little had stopped at a local convenient store when someone, who was in a car outside, shot and killed him, then drove off.

Nancy said she was seven months pregnant, in her early 20’s and lived in Hooper, Washington, about 12 miles away.

“Somebody came from Washtucna and says, ‘your dad’s been shot,’ so they picked me up and loaded me into the car and took me back to Washtucna to be with my mom,” she remembered.

Little killer was tracked down by local law enforcement and identified as Ed Koehn.

Reports said he went to prison in Walla Walla where he died 12 years later.

While Little has been honored in multiple ways since his death, when Pasco Police learned more about the story, they wanted to do something for his surviving family.

On Thursday morning, they presented Nancy and her children with a folded flag, and frame that included Walter’s picture as well as an etching from the Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington DC.

I really touched me I’ll tell you. I will be remembering this for a long time I’ll tell you, this celebration,” Nancy said.

“Those that wear this uniform and represent law enforcement can have it all taken from us and from a community within moments and seconds,” PPD Chief Roske said.

Nancy now lives in Moses Lake, Washington but has ties to the Tri-Cities area. She was honored to receive the memorabilia and thanked everyone for continuing to share her father’s story.

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