• Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors
    Houston, TX
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Claude Daniel Hippard 1954 - 2012
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Friday, 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.
Tuesday, September 17, 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
Wednesday, 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.
Saturday, August 25, 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.
Monday, 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.
Monday, 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.
Monday, August 06, 2012
Just returned from Ct. and heard about Claude. So, so, sorry. He was a wonderful person who will be missed by many people.
Monday, July 30, 2012
I was deeply moved when I heard of your loss. I worked with Claude at the USAO for several years. He was a fantastic person and great person to lift you day up. I remember his pickles.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Claude and his family were customers of ours for many years. We are all deeply sadden to hear of his passing.Our heats go out to the family a great man will be remembered by all
Monday, July 23, 2012
I was stunned that Claude had departed from this world. Karen and I can only imagine the sorrow and huge heartache this has caused his family to endure Just knowing this fine man made my day brighter and with his passing the lilt of laughter has also dimmed
Sunday, July 22, 2012
My deepest sympathies to the Hippard and Brand families. I went to law school with Claude. I moved from New York to go to U of H law school and ended up living in the apartment complex owned by his dad and humorously known as the "Hippard Hilton". Claude was my next door neighbor. Claude was a good buddy and made me feel part of his family. May he rest in peace and his memory be a blessing.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Laughed harder with you than anyone else in my life...Learned a lot from your easy-going, courtesy style with people, I think it's made me a better person...My Mom always referred to you as 'A nice guy'. Happy for all your success after I left Houston, and now,...if I may, going to have a cold one in your honor!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Claude was a great supervisor, believed in working together and having fun. He truly loved his family. I remember him trying to speak French when he would call Helena and his voice would get deeper. I would always tease him about that. Always talked about Carolyn and Jackie and the Hippard clan vacations. The thing I most admired was that he called his mother every day to check on her. So glad our paths crossed. He lived life to the fullest. {Au revoir mon ami, Reposer en paix}

Financial Litigation Unit
U.S. Attorneys Office/SDTX
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I just found out today that Claude had passed away on July 10, 2012. I was shocked and saddened by his death. I had seen him in court not too long ago. Claude gave me a warm hug and talked about a case we had worked on very hard for the whole year. I don't know Claude personally but Claude was very pleasant, kind and considerate while I was working with him. My heartfelt condolences to Claude's family. RIP Claude. I will miss seeing you in the court-rooms.
Monday, July 16, 2012
I am so sorry and saddened to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Claude's family, friends and co-workers. God bless - -
Monday, July 16, 2012
Boom, Betsy and I are at a loss. We are cherishing memories from Hippard reunions and remembering special times together with all of you. We are trying to keep Claude's spirit alive by being grateful for every day and thankful that we were so blessed to have known and loved Claude. Elizabeth
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Claude, God didn't give me any biological brothers, instead He blessed me with the Hippard brothers! I loved you and appreciate how many people you made happy in your lifetime. The world needs many, many more people like you, Claude. It would be a lot happier place.

I know you are at peace suffering no pain or sorrow, joyously embraced in the Lord's loving arms in His Kingdom with your Mom and Dad waiting for that day when the entire Hippard-Brand-Cheeseman (anybody I left out?) clan is reunited again in our Father's Heavenly Kingdom. God grant Helena strength and peace as she mourns your departure from this world Claude.

Marc Grosz
Sunday, July 15, 2012
I am so sorry. Claude was so kind and inspirational. He will be greatly missed. He and his family are in my prayers.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Claued and Carik. We were together at SWTSU laboring thru Journalism and typed our names wrong most of the time! He became a great pal to my roommate Diane and I and we just enjoyed him immensely. Truly love Claude. What a great attitude and personality. True friend. Sure will miss you, Claued! From Carik
Saturday, July 14, 2012
My prayers go out to Claude's family. I knew Claude since Westchester and then at SWT. He was always someone that you could count on. He was always good for a laugh. Happy Trails Brother...
Friday, July 13, 2012
Sorry to hear of your loss. Blessings and prayers go out toYou and your family
Friday, July 13, 2012
I worked with Claude years ago and he made a lasting impression on me and anyone else who knew him. He was funny, smart, always positive and just an all around wonderful person.He will be sadly missed. His family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Carolyn and Jackie - there are no words. I too lost my dad 8 years ago and completely understand your devastation. My heart hurts for you girls. Know that he is with our Lord and that someday you will see him again. This pain will get easier girls, just hang in there! I send my love and big hugs!
Friday, July 13, 2012
My deepest condolences to the Hippard family. It was a blessing to have known Claude and his upbeat personality. He and his family are in our prayers.
Friday, July 13, 2012
I was saddened and shocked at the news. My heartfelt sympathies go out to all of the Hippard Clan. I grew up with Claude and Jimmy. Many happy and funny memories of those days are still with me. I will always remember Claude as the center of the entertainment, quick with a joke and a smile. Although I did not keep up with Claude in recent years, I can see by all of the postings on this site, that Claude continued to fill many others with good humor, good will, and good memories. A very worthwhile life! May you Rest in Peace, Claude.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Jackie and Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Russo family
Friday, July 13, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. I attended SWTSU with Claude and I will always remember his smile and his big bushy mustache.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Jackie and Carolyn, We are so sorry to her about your dad. We are thinking of you and know how important he was to you.
We love you,
Friday, July 13, 2012
I worked with Claude for about 3yrs at the U.S. Attorney's office. He was a great supervisor and the only person who understood my sarcastic humor. He was always smiling and in great spirits. He believed in me and gave me great advice when needed. He spoke fondly of his wife and kids. He will be truly missed by all. I will never forget him or the great things he accomplished. My heart goes out to his family and friends, God Bless.
Friday, July 13, 2012
I worked with Claude for many years. He was one of the good guys. Always cheerful, funny and friendly. He went to law school with my husband, Chris. We are lucky we knew him.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
We were so saddened and shocked to hear of Claude's passing. Even though we didn't know him very long - just since you built your vacation home on the Frio River, we enjoyed his smile and laughter. All the Hippard Family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
My condolences to the family of Mr. Hippard at this most difficult time. May the GOD of all comfort provide you with whatever is needed so you can cope with your great loss. Also there will be a end to all causes of death and the painful grief it brings.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about Claude. I know he will be sorely missed by his loving family and I am thinking of them all.
Jane, Charlie, Glenn & Kirstie Harris
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I am shocked. It seems as if I as if I have known Claude forever. He appeared to enjoy life and everyone was his friend. What a trágic loss.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I'll always remember you Claude. We had some great times togeather; be it in San Marcos at SWTSU, floating the Guadalupe, in Houston working at CB Southern, etc. etc.

Rest In Peace My Friend, you are missed by all you touched!

My deepest sympathy to his family,
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I went to U of H Law School with Claude and Jim, both great guys. Their father was an excellent professor; everyone loved the Hippards. In private practice and when I called Claude at the US Attorney's office he was the same cheerful, bright, supportive guy. Condolences to his family, we share your grief at the loss of a great guy and a good lawyer.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Although I have not seen him recently, I know Claude from several cases I had with him. He was a very good attorney, always fair and courteous in his dealings with others, and generous with his time. He will be greatly missed by his lawyer friends. Rest in peace Claude.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
We worked together for many years. In the early 90's we discovered our mutual interest in motorcycles. It was during motorcycle rides that we came to know each other more and more. This was how I met his lovely wife Helena and his oldest daughter Carolyn, and this is how he met my daughter. Claude always made me smile, and most times he made me laugh out loud. He had that way about him, that effect on everyone around him. I will miss him greatly. He will always be in my heart. When I think of Claude, melancholy will eventually be overcome by thoughts of his smile, humor, and zest for life. Rest in peace my friend. We will ride together again some day.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
What a shock! I am very saddened and send out my most sincere and heartfelt condolences to all of Claude's family. A well respected man and a great fencer. We were roommates in Undergrad and Law School. He will be sorely missed.

David H.Morris (San Marcos TX)
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I never met Mr. Hippard, but I work with Helena. It didn't take me long to realize how much he means to Helena. I am very sorry for such an unexpected loss.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I would run into Claude a couple of times a week in the tunnels coming from or heading to federal court. Every encounter was a laugh and a smile. I took it for granted that this routine would go on. He is missed.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Claude was one of the best men I've ever met. His beaming pride in his daughters, emense love for his wife, and daily attitude about nearly everything were often inspirational to me. I will miss my friend.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
My deepest sympathy to all who loved Claude. When I learned of his untimely passing, my first image was of him at Hippard family reunions when he would put his daughters of other children on his knee and pretend to be a ventriloquist and speak for them. He had a gift for making children and adults smile and laugh. May he be in God's loving care.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Helena, Carolyn and Jaclyn,
My heart goes out to you. I am so sorry for your loss. How Claude beamed with pride, joy and love when he spoke of each of you. You will find comfort in your memories with him and his bright smile, love and wonderful attiude. My best always, Diana Shelby
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I was shocked and saddened to read this morning about Claude's passing. I remember him from his private practice days and have fond memories of him. He had a great personality and was always kind and funny and a real gentleman. He was so excited and happy when he got the job at the US Attorney's office, I was happy for him. My condolences to the Hippard family, and to all his friends and co-workers on your loss. May God give you the strength to carry on during this difficult time. I pray that in due time, only precious memories will remain. RIP Claude.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The Westchester Alumni Association along with the Class of 1973 express our deepest sympathy to the family of Claude Hippard.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
To the Hippard and Brand Families

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Claude. He was a positive, fun, happy person. He always made us feel welcome and relaxed. He will be missed. Larry & Terrie Kolvoord
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I'll never forget Claude as an employee of mine while he was in college. While working hard he was always in a great mood and his jokes were endless.
Tom Wassenich
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I am truly sorry for your loss.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Claude was a good man. Hopefully he is resting in peace.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Claude was a great guy. He was funny, kind, and reasonable - his presence at the courthouse will be sorely missed.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
No words can express the sorrow I feel for the loss of Claude. I worked with him very closely in the Houston office and considered him my buddy. I've seen his girls grow up into beautiful young women. He would tell me stories about his dog Harley chewing up his motorcycle exhaust pipe and the siding on his house! He would always have me laughing! He was always so upbeat and funny and had a great sense of humor and always a joy to be around. I remember giving him my collard green recipe and him claiming it as his own! I will always remember him and he will always have a special place in my heart. My condolensces to his family.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Sorry to hear of the lost of Mr. Hippard. The Bible tells us “Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you.”. One of the principal ways to draw close to God is thorough prayer. Do not underestimate its value!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
No words can express how truly sorry I am for your loss. I never met Mr. Hippard personally but I've heard nothing but great things about him. I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Claude, you left us way to soon. Working with you the past 20 years has been both an honor and a privilige. You will be missed by all who were lucky to be called your friend.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I didn't know Mr. Claude Hippard very well. But instantly caught on to his amazing personality and his ability to make you smile and laugh even when you were down. I just want to say from the bottom part of my heart that he was a great man, and had an amazing family behind him. Rest in peace
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I didn't know Mr. Claude Hippard very well. But instantly caught on to his amazing personality and his ability to make you smile and laugh even when you were down. I just want to say from the bottom part of my heart that he was a great man, and had an amazing family behind him. Rest in peace
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
My condolences to the Hippard and Brand families for suffering the loss of Carolyn and Claude in such short order. I have many fond memories of Claude, who was a major part of my childhood along with the rest of the Hippard family. I most remember his sense of humor and energy and just being fun to be around. Even though I have not seen any of them for quite a while, the whole Hippard (and Brand) families will be in my thoughts and prayers and I love you all.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
From a defense attorney perspective, I had the opportunity to work on cases Claude handled. I found him to be a fair and forthcoming lawyer, as well as a nice person. I wish the family many happy memories.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Claude was one of those "phone friends" we DOJ prosecutors seem to have a lot of: people we talk to on the phone, but rarely - sometimes never - meet in person. When I was an AUSA in Phoenix, we spoke several times, and given his wonderful personality, soon moved beyond business to friendship. God bless and keep you, Claude, and your family. You probably never realized how many people liked and cared about you.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Claude lived well, leaving a legacy of two beautiful daughters who adore him. A wife who was his soul-mate, and friends too numerous to count. What a way to be remembered. The office will not be the same without his smiling presence. Claude helped me pick out our dog this past Christmas, and due to his right-on advise we are blessed with the most awesome dog. When I hug Dakota I will think of Claude.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Claude was always happy, which in turn brightened those around him. My heartfelt sympathy to those who he leaves behind.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Helena, Carolyn, Jaclyn, and the Hippard family:

I worked with Claude in the Financial Litigation Unit at the US Attorney's Office. He was a wonderful person who gave of himself generously to all. His smile and good nature was always uplifting to everyone that came into contact with him. Claude genuinely cared for others and his love for you was undying. You made him extremely happy and he often shared his great family stories. You meant the world to him and he meant the world to us. I can honestly say that I lost a brother who I will never forget and I will be forever grateful to Claude for everything that he brought to my life.

May God Bless and keep Claude for eternity and that God may bring peace and comfort to you. If I know Claude, he is probably laughing and enjoying his favorite drink and song.

Claude, may you rest in peace brother. You are so very deserving of everything good that God has to offer you. I will miss you.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Claude I'm so glad I caught up with you during my last trip to Texas. My heart goes out to all of us who were touched by you. RIP my brother.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I am a colleague of Claude's from the USAO. We worked on a case together many, many years ago. While I did not see or speak with Claude often, he always made me feel comfortable and welcome when I visited the Houston office. I am truly saddened to hear of his passing. My hearfelt condolences go out to you and know that he, and you, are in my prayers.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
God bless Claude. I remember the SWTX days well.

Steve O'Keefe
Stafford, TX
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I know for certain that we never lose the people we love even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their loves leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in kowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared there love. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. Please accept my condolences for you and your family. I will continue to keep you in my thought and prayers. Texas Childrens Hospital
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I'm so sorry. I'll miss Claude's smile, his joking around, his wonderful stories of his travels & love for his family.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
So sorry for your loss! Claude was a great guy! He will definitely be missed by his USAO family!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Words cannot express how I feel at this moment. Claude, you definitely left us too soon. You will truly be missed. Thanks for the advice on the knives.

To the family, my prayers are with you. I can only imagine how much your heart aches.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I am so sorry. Claude will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. His family is in our prayers.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Carolyn and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Lynda Enns.
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