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DELMER PORTER


1919 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
DELMER PORTER Obituary
June 21, 1919 - August 1, 2017 NORMAN Delmer Dean "Del" Porter was born June 21, 1919, in Newark, AR to William Lee and Essie Addie Sisk Porter. He departed this life for his heavenly home on Aug. 1, 2017. At an early age, he accepted Jesus as his Savior and was active in Baptist Churches throughout his life. He lived in Newark and a few other small towns in Arkansas until he graduated from high school. In 1941, he began his service in the U.S. Army. He married the love of his life, Hazel Sherman, on July 30, 1944, in an Army Chapel in Neosho, MO. In Dec. of 1944, he was transferred to the Philippines. He was discharged from the Army on Jan. 6, 1946, and started classes at Oklahoma City University Jan. 20, 1946, graduating with a bachelor's degree in math in Aug. 1948. While at OCU, he worked nights for Fentress Sound Equipment Company. His first job as a teacher was at a small rural school in Herd, OK. He attended college in the summers and received his master's degree in Aug. 1952. He had several teaching jobs, then became a salesman/consultant for Kellogg Switch Broad and Supply Company in Independence, MO. Later, he worked for Motorola in Chicago as an engineer designing microwave systems. In 1961, he started selling closed circuit television systems for Motorola while living in Memphis. Then, he transferred to Oklahoma City and also sold hospital nurse call systems. A friend needed a high school principal and math teacher in Barnsdall, OK; Del took the job and the family lived there for two years. Hazel decided to go back to college and finish her degree in 1965, so the family moved to Norman, OK so Hazel could attend Oklahoma University. Del taught physical science at Central Junior High and was the Supervisor of the Adult Basic Education program in the evenings. An acquaintance recommended Del for the position of Educational Director at the prison facility in Lexington, OK. He worked there for five years until Hazel accepted the Acquisition Librarian position at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. Del and Hazel moved to Mannford, OK and lived there 34 years. Del taught math in Mannford Public Schools until 1982 when he started Del's Tax Service and prepared income tax returns in his home until 2009. Del finally stopped working when he was 90 years old and left Mannford to move closer to his three daughters. Del is survived by his wife, Hazel; and his three daughters, Jean Tahkofper, Kay Marshall and husband Kent, and Lisa O'Malley and husband Frank; six grandchildren, Sheila Miranda and husband Danny, Sherry White, Sean Marshall and wife Dena, Monica Minkel and husband Daniel, Shawna Briggs and husband Dre, and Katie Powless and husband Troy; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lawrence Black and Fred L. Porter; and sisters, Willie Wesner and June Harrison. A Visitation will be held 12-8 p.m. on Wednesday Aug. 9, 2017, at Havenbrook Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, also at Havenbrook Funeral Home, 3401 Havenbrook Street, Norman, OK, interment to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Wynnewood, OK. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Oklahoma Baptist Children's Home in memory of Delmer Porter would be greatly appreciated; the address is: Oklahoma Baptist Children's Home, 3800 N May Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.
Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 9, 2017
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