Delmar Lee Hooper, Sr a man known for his enduring spirit and remarkable resilience, passed away on November 27, 2023. Born on January 25, 1931, Delmar was a shining light in the lives of those who knew him, a testament to tenacity and strength. He was a man of many roles - a Korean War veteran, a builder, a business owner, and most importantly, a loving father, grandfather and friend.\n\nDelmar's life was an embodiment of service. He was drafted into the Army in 1951 and was sent to the Korean War. His military training was in the Artillery but upon arriving in Korea his Artillery Unit was switched to the Infantry Unit by General Douglas MacArthur. Out of 312 men, only 4 survived. In the words of Delmar, "It's a wonder I'm even here." All 4 men were eventually sent back to their original Artillery Unit.\n\nDelmar went on to work for the US Army Corp of Engineers in the early 60's in the drilling unit at various locations such as Broken Bow, Sallisaw and Ashdown, Arkansas. After a few years he transferred to Keystone Lake where he worked until his retirement in 1987. Delmar went on to start his own business, Hooper's Mini Dump Truck and Tractor Service.\n\nEven with all of Delmar's accomplishments in life, his pride and joy was his family. He loved his children and grandchildren but when his great grandchildren came along they had him wrapped around their fingers. He had a special bond with each one but especially the youngest, Ely. Ely was a premature baby and as soon as he came home from the hospital he was in Delmar's lap. They were 2 peas in a pod!\n\nDelmar is survived by his son, Delmar Jr., and Cindy Hooper; grandchildren, Christopher Hooper, Joseph Hooper, Daniel Hooper and Justin Jones; great grandchildren, Tristan, Birgitte and Elias Hooper as well as many nieces and nephews.\n\nHe was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Oletta Hooper; his wife of 66 years, Sadie; daughter, Debra Hooper; brother, Carl Hooper; and sister, Doris Hooper. Delmar's legacy is not just his family, but the life he led with honor, compassion, and resilience.\n\nAs we remember Delmar, we invite you to share your memories and upload photos to his memorial page. Your stories and pictures will allow us to continue celebrating the life of a man whose spirit was as sturdy as the structures he built, and whose love for his family was as enduring as his service to his country. Let's keep Delmar's memory alive, not with sorrow, but with gratitude for the years he walked among us, impacting our lives with his strength, resilience, and love.\n\nServices for Delmar will be held Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 2:00 at Legacy Chapel, Dillon Funeral Service, Sand Springs, OK.