Donald (Sandy) Hooper, 100, passed Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Sky View Manor and Rehab in Bridgeport, Nebraska.
He was born to M. Pat and Julia (Guyer) Hooper on February 6, 1919 in Sheridan County, Nebraska. He attended rural schools through the 9th grade but continued learning all his life.
On December 8, 1941 he joined the U.S. Army and served in the European Theatre during WWII. Sandy was honorably discharged on October 16, 1945 but was in the reserves for several years afterward.
O November 3, 1945 he was joined in marriage to Mary Patton. To this union 5 children were born.
Life in Alaska called him and he moved his wife and two small children there. He spent a hard well loved year before returning home to Nebraska in 1950.
Sandy spend years on his parents ranch raising his children the “country way.” After leaving their ranch he spent many years on various ranches in the Sandhills. After moving to Alliance he worked for Electric Hose and Rubber (Parker) until he retired.
He spent many memorable occasions hunting and fishing with his family members and especially in later years with his grandchildren and nephews. Most of all Sandy was a gun enthusiast; reloading shells and repairing guns. Flying was also a favorite memory of his. Sandy was a lifelong member of the NRA, the American Legion and V.F.W. He was also active for many years with the Alliance Gun Club.
He is survived by his son, Dan (Tara) Hooper of Merriman, his 2 daughters, Sharon (Jerry) Woods and Theresa (Jack) Woods of Alliance, his son-in-law, Dwyane Dubs of Ashby, his sister, Norma Halvorsen and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.
Sandy was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister, his wife of 72 years and 2 daughters, Evelyn Rice and Rita Dubs.
Funeral services will be Friday, November 1, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel with Pastor Glenn Johnson officiating. Burial with military rites will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 1-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com.