OBITUARY

Norman Ray "Bucky" Oliver

December 31, 1936April 20, 2021
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Norman Ray “Bucky” Oliver of Del City, OK, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on April 20, 2021. Bucky was born on Dec. 31, 1936 in Cogar, OK, to Frank and Stella Oliver. Survived by wife Frances Keen Oliver, and children; Mark Oliver (Sarah) of Moore, Donna Harper of Moore, Lisa Oliver of Del City, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren with one on the way, twin sister Norma Clifton (Don) of Norfolk, VA, multiple nieces, nephews and other family members and friends. Loving son Michael Ray Oliver preceded in death May 13, 2017. Bucky and Frances established their home in Del City in 1957 and have lived here for 64 years and are members of Sunnylane United Methodist Church. He became a Del City firefighter in 1956 and retired as assistant fire chief in 1972. He drove the activity bus for several years at Rose State College and was sergeant of arms at the state capitol for seven years. He enjoyed coaching baseball, taking the teams on camping trips, and watching all sports. He was also a die hard OU fan and loved history. Thank you to Frontier Hospice for the awesome care and a special thanks to Paul Reil for taking such good care of all of us.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Ryan Harper
  • Jarred Harper
  • Denny Banks
  • Justin Baldridge
  • Brandon Pursell
  • Gary Files
  • Del City Fire Department, Honorary Pallbearers
  • David Keen
  • Steve Keen
  • Harvey Yost
  • Joe Oliver
  • Tim Oliver
  • Donnie Clifton
  • Don Moore
  • Denney Crabaugh
  • Duane Crabaugh
  • Mike Rackley
  • Jon Croy

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, April 25, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, April 26, 2021

Memories

Norman Ray "Bucky" Oliver

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Allen Boules

April 24, 2021

Bucky was one of the most dedicated firemen, an individual could work with. He loved his profession and he strived to be the very best firefighter he could be. He was dauntless in his efforts to save Del City homes, businesses and properties. Fearless, he would climb into burning attics and crawl under blazing floors to extinguish out of control blazes. i experienced his diligence when i fell thru a burning floor. As flames surrounded me, Bucky sprayed me with water and pulled me to safety. Another example of his dedication was an out of control fire in the strip center at 15th and Sunnylane. He chopped a hole in the roof, lowered himself inside and attacked the fire. These efforts saved most of the businesses located there. However, his efforts as a firefighter paled to his loyalty to family and friends. He was a true patriot at heart, loved Del City, served where he felt needed and led the efforts to memorialize and honor Del Cityans who served and made the supreme sacrifice for their community and nation. He would also be one of the first to visit you in the hospital, say goodbye before your burial and be present at the cemetery. To his family, you have lost one who loved you with all his heart and to his friends, we have lost a person who would never let us down.

Teresa West Moser

April 22, 2021

My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Back in the late 60’s Bucky drove to Kansas in his station wagon to pick up a very special passenger. He drove back to Del City with a little white Shetland Pony in the backseat of that car. He brought the pony who he named Buck to Don Moore for his kids. When Don’s kids out grew Buck my grand dad Fred Stricklin bought him for me. I renamed him Snowy after one of my favorite children’s book. RIP Bucky🙏🏻

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