Mr. Leslie Philip Northen Jr., died on March 15th, 2019, at the age of 104. Les was born in 1915, at Winnfield, Louisiana, to Leslie Philip Northen and Ora Emma Pennington Northen. Les was a graduate of Little Rock Central High School, attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and attended the Engineering University of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a 2nd Lt. in the United States Army during World War II serving in the European Theater of Operation as an Armored Reconnaissance Unit Commander. Les was a remarkable and a very private gentleman. He lived a long, healthy and satisfying life. His long life, his military service to his country, and his family & friends were badges of honor to him. An avid golfer most of his adult life Les played golf until he was 99 years of age. He was a long time member at Western Hills Country Club. After leaving Western Hills CC, he joined the Maumelle Country Club, where he played golf regularly until he was 99 years of age, retiring from the game because of health issues. During his years of playing golf, he made 6 (witnessed) holes-in-one. Mr. Northen was a businessman & lived in Little Rock for many years, but had lived in North Little Rock for the past 57 years. He was predeceased by his parents; his stepfather, Fred Myers Cutrer; his wife, Ruth Marie Mowbray Northen; his son, Dan Alan Northen; and two brothers, Will (Eleese) Northen and John Northen. Survivors include two nephews, John (Patty) Northen of Ft. Pierce, Fla., and Cliff (Valerie) Northen of Bimini Island, Bahamas; two nephews-in-law, Bill (Louise) Tribble of Bryant, Ark., and Phillip (Dawne) Risher of Maumelle, Ark.; and two special friends & advocates, Penny and Grey Ferguson of Arkadelphia, Ark. Family and friends thank the Staff of Heroes Home #3 at the Arkansas Department of Veteran's Affairs Home in North Little Rock, Ark., for their quality care and their devotion to Mr. Les these past several months. Also, Arkansas Hospice is to be commended for their care of Mr. Les in the last weeks of his life. Mr. Northen requested that his body be donated to medical research. His choice was Genesis Whole Body Foundation in Memphis, Tenn. As per Mr. Northen's request there will be no funeral, burial or memorial services. Memorials may be sent in his name to Group Living, Inc., P.O. Box 159, Arkadelphia, Ark. 71923.
Published March 20, 2019