Claude Daniel Hippard

August 7, 1954July 10, 2012
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Claude Daniel Hippard passed away suddenly on the 10th of July 2012, at 57 years of age.

He was born on the 7th of August 1954 in Houston, Texas. After graduating from Westchester High School in 1973, Claude received a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Southwest Texas State University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center. After a few years in private practice, Claude started working at the United States Attorney's Office in Houston in January 1989. He was one of the office's experts in federal forfeiture and money laundering laws. He became an outstanding instructor of financial investigations to an entire generation of federal law enforcement officers, both nationally and within the Southern District of Texas. He was most recently assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force prosecuting major drug and money laundering organizations.

Claude touched everyone who knew him with his gratitude for life. His kindness, humor and generosity gave everyone around him a sense of comfort and ease. He was the ultimate gentleman and a role model for all.

Claude is preceded in death by his grandparents, Margaret Way Cheesman and Dale Carroll Cheesman, Sr.; and, Frances Wheeler Hippard and George Garver Hippard; his parents Carolyn Cheesman Hippard and James Joseph Hippard, Sr. He is survived by his wife, Helena Karlberg Hippard; his children, Carolyn H. Hippard and Jaclyn Hippard; sisters, Ellen Hippard, Margaret Brand and husband Jim; and brothers, James J. Hippard, Jr., and wife Mary Lou Keel, and George C. Hippard and wife Allie.

The memorial service is to be conducted at two o'clock in the afternoon on Friday, the 13th of July, at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road in Houston, where the Rev. Martin J. Bastian, Senior Associate Rector for Pastoral Care, is to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent Bagby Parish Hall.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions in Mr. Claude Hippard's name may be directed to the University of Houston Law Foundation, 100 Law Center, Houston, TX, 77201; the American Heart Association , Houston Chapter, 10060 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX, 77054; or to the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 900 Portway Dr., Houston, TX, 77024.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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Tom Madden

March 29, 2016

Claude was a very good friend of mine at SWT and a fellow cook in the Grin's kitchen. Paul told me about his untimely death today as I was passing through San Marcos. There are people who pass through this world who leave an everlasting impression on your life and he was one of them. I never met a man who was so joyous in every thing he did. He was a big kidder and could make light of some of your hardest trials and tribulations just to put things back in perspective. Your sense of humor also allowed you not to take your self too seriously and you were such an individual that every one was your friend because you treated them all the same. God's speed to your family and loved ones- Tom "Madman" Madden

Sheryl Henry

July 25, 2014

Its been 2 years and I still can't believe Claude is gone. I started out as his legal secretary in 2002 and we worked together for many years, in fact up to my retirement. He was such a funny guy and always had me in stitches. I will always remember his daily horoscope readings and how he was the first person I ever heard sing "Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer". He was one of the best.

Allan Kee

September 18, 2013

Claude was a childhood friend of mine in Memorial Bend. I use to like to stay overnight at Claude's house 'cause Mrs. Hippard always had Hawiian Punch and Oreo's!! I remember our Stingray Bikes, mine I bought with my paper route money.

Me, David Honeycutt, Larry Reeve, and Claude leading the way - all got in and out of some harrowing experiences. He was a born leader, and my best friend growing up. I will miss my friend Claude dearly. Respectfully, Allan N. Kee, III "Chipper" from Bendwood @ 431 Faust lane Houston TX 78224

Justin Williams

December 12, 2012

Saddened to hear today that Claude was gone. many good nights with him in law school. I hope his family found all the comfort God's love provides and that they know they will see him again.

George Cowan

August 26, 2012

I am so sorry for Claude and his family, and my heart goes out to them. My boyhood memories for the most part revolve around Claude. He was a friend for life and like a brother to me. To try and describe Claude's impact on my life and what he meant to me....words will not do it justice. I moved to Houston from Venezuela when I was 8 years old, and on the first day in the house, Claude was the first kid I met. We immediately became friends, and lived next door to each other until we both left home. During that period, we became like family, and grew up together. My biggest regret is that living overseas, I have not seen him for years upon years, although remember him like it was yesterday. Even though we did not keep in touch very well as adults, Claude you will be missed, old friend. God Bless You.

August 20, 2012

I went to college with Claude and we became good friends. I am so sorry for his family. He always made me laugh.

Janie Kunnathusseril

August 20, 2012

I only heard of Claude's passing today and am truly floored. Claude was an extraordinary human being with a heart of gold and a forever young spirit. His constant playfulness, joking, and edge for laughter made him an absolute joy to be around, and his pranks and antics too were memories I'm sure everyone who knew him will keep with them forever. I am blessed to have had the opportunity not only to work alongside Claude, but gain a true friend. His impact in the short time I've known him speaks to his worth as a human. Claude, you are and will always be missed. Heaven has truly gained.

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