Roy Lee Hooper, 81, of Wyaconda died Monday, July 20, 2015 at the Harry S. Truman Memorial V.A. Hospital in Columbia.
He was born the son of Charles Owen and Lucille (Benge) Hooper on July 15, 1934 in Kahoka.
Roy Lee joined the United States Army in January 1953. He was discharged in December 1954, earning a National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.
He loved racing and passed that passion down to his children and grandchildren. He competed in two man cruisers with his sons and was there in the pits when they competed, first in go carts and then in stock cars. They raced in Donnellson, Memphis and Quincy.
Roy Lee also loved the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, especially deer hunting. He hunted until the last years of his life.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sheila Tedder; a step daughter, Ruby Shelley; and his brothers – Charles, Kenneth and Bobby Don.
He is survived by his children, Jack and wife Mary Hooper of Kahoka, Larry and wife Diane Hooper of Wyaconda, Jim Hooper of Wyaconda, Bill Hooper of Kahoka, Penny and husband George Thompson of Quincy, and Michael and wife Beverly Larimer of St. Joseph, MO; son-in-law, Tommy Tedder of Porter, OK; a step son, Marvin McComb of Memphis; a step son-in-law, Steve Shelley of Memphis; sisters, Lenna Rockhold of Memphis and Ada May Allen of Wyaconda; grandchildren, Mandy and husband Adam Brewer, Jakoby and wife Teri Hooper, Derek and wife Shyla Ellingboe, Nicholas Hooper, Nessa and husband Keith Smith, Dustin Hooper, Shelby Hooper, Tommie and husband Joe Gordon, Dallas Tedder, Britney Neel, Beau and wife Dana Larimer, and Logan Hooper; several step grandchildren, great grandchildren and step great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends – especially a special “daughter” Rachel Robertson Webster and “granddaughter” Sarah Lamb.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the Wyaconda Baptist Church with Rob Quillin, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Kahoka officiating. Jakoby Hooper, Adam Brewer, Nicholas Hooper, Dustin Hooper, Matt Thompson, Kent Gutting served as pallbearers. Logan Hooper, Keith Smith, Tyler Armstrong and Troy Gordy were honorary pallbearers. Burial with military rites performed by the Herman Blum American Legion Post #192 of Kahoka and the Missouri Military Honors Program was at the Wyaconda Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Wyaconda Cemetery and may be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main, Memphis, MO 63555.
Condolences may be sent to Mr. Hooper’s family by signing the guestbook at www.gerthfuneralservice.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Gerth Funeral Service of Memphis.
Hooper Acknowledgement of Military Service
The United States Army and members of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars hereby acknowledge that Comrade Roy Lee Hooper served our country for one year, and eleven months, in the United States Army.
He served as a Special Vehicle Operator with the 42nd Engineer Battalion, Company C. He served during the Korean War attaining the rank of Private First Class (PFC E-3).
He was awarded and authorized to wear the following decorations: Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal.
He enlisted 9 January 1953, received an honorable discharge 8 December 1954, and returned to Clark County, Missouri.
The caissons have been muffled and the flag lowered for our comrade, who joined the staff of the Supreme Commander 20 July 2015. At this final post we wish him fair skies and smooth pathways.