OKC Bombing Grand Juror – Whistle-Blower Hoppy Heidelberg Passes away – RIP
We had several opportunities to interview Hoppy and he was always fired up and determined to get to the truth about the Oklahoma City Bombings. The cover up of said bombing might not have become so transparent if it were not for Hoppy. He was a brave man, and a truth seeker the likes of which we are lucky to meet once in a lifetime.
We wish his family the best, and with them cherish his memory always.
Rest in Peace Hoppy! ~ Jack Blood
April 22, 1940 – April 30, 2012 BLANCHARD Hoppy Eric Heidelberg was born in Midland, TX to parents, Woodrow Wilson Heidelberg and Eugenia Bell Heidelberg. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Patsy Cooper Heidelberg of San Antonio, TX; two children, Houston and daughter-in-law Sheila Wilkie Heidelberg, and Heather Heidelberg Gipson and grand-daughter, Happy Rylan Gipson of Plano, TX.Hoppy grew up in rural Midland County and attended high school at Andrews, Texas, graduating Valedictorian in 1958. He graduated from University of Texas with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1962, was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, and then attended law school at UT. Hoppy also served in the United States Air Force Reserve in 1962 and 1963. His careers included Horseman and Breeder of Racehorses for over 40 years, Ranch Manager, Stockbroker, Banker, and President of Heidelberg Oil Company. He was a member of Mensa and Founder and CEO of Oklahoma Thoroughbred Breeders Association. His hobbies included Team Penning on cow-horses with friends and family, helping ranchers with cattle round ups, snow skiing, water skiing, jet skiing, and riding dirt-bikes. He was proud to have shown in the American Paint Horse Association World Championship Show to a Top 5 finish, and competed from 2000 to 2006 in the Team Pen America National Finals and finished Top 20 at the United States Team Penning Association finals. He served on the Murrah Building bombing Federal Grand Jury in 1995. He ran for Oklahoma State Senate in 1996 and Governor in 1998. He was active in the community of Blanchard, coaching little league football and baseball.He was preceded in death by his father, Woodrow Wilson Heidelberg, and his mother, Eugenia Bell Heidelberg of Midland, TX. He is survived by his brothers, Wilson Elliott and Norris Lee Heidelberg; niece, Alisa; nephew, Brad, his wife, Becca, and two grandnephews, Cal and Mac.Services will be held on Friday, May 4th at 11 a.m. under the direction of Pastor Andy Finch at the First Baptist Church at 919 NE 10th in Blanchard, OK. The family suggests donations to First Baptist Church Blanchard’s Extending the Legacy Building Fund, P.O. Box 370, Blanchard, OK 73010. For more information, contact First Baptist Church in Blanchard at (405) 485-2181.For more information or questions, please contact Houston Heidelberg at (405) 760-3696.