Roland Gustave ‘Hoppy’ Hauptfleisch
Davis Funeral Home
Roland Gustave ‘Hoppy’ Hauptfleisch passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Because of his abiding faith, he is now at home with his Lord. Graveside service will be held at 3:30pm, Thursday, February 8, 2018, at Euchee Valley Memorial Park in Cushing, Oklahoma. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Hoppy was born on a farm near Waterloo, Illinois, to William G. and Lydia Mueller Hauptfleisch on July 27, 1918. He attended schools in Waterloo and graduated from high school in 1936. With the scarcity of work due to the Great Depression, Hoppy enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps at New Canton, Illinois and spent one year with the CCC.
R. G. entered into the service of the United States Army Air Corps in July, 1941. He was stationed at Scott Field, Illinois; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Will Rogers Field, Oklahoma City; Laurel, Mississippi; Lakeland, Florida; and eventually England and France. Technical Sergeant Roland G. Hauptfleisch was a member of the 410th Bombing Group of the Army Air Corps. The 410th earned the nickname as the “Best Bombing Group in the World” which is actually supported by historical records. Their secret was excellent intelligence locating high value targets.
In July, 1943, before deploying overseas, Hoppy was stationed at Will Rogers Field in Oklahoma City. This Oklahoma connection accounted for meeting his future wife, Beulah Pearl Morgan. The 410th deployed to England in March, 1944,as part of the preparations for the Normandy invasion. R. G. liked to recall the early D-Day morning when the skies and seas were thick with more Allied Forces than one could imagine. After the liberation of France, the 410th moved to France and supported Allied armies in the Battle of the Bulge.
At the conclusion of the war, Hoppy was shipped back to Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, and after receiving his discharge, traveled to Cushing, Oklahoma, for an August 25th wedding. He and B. P. treasured fifty-seven years of married life which concluded upon her death in 2002.
Once the newlyweds were settled in Cushing, R. G. was briefly employed with the Deep Rock Refinery before accepting employment with Stephenson Browne Lumber Company where he became manager. The building industry became his love. When that company closed he purchased an Insurance and Real Estate Agency. A scarcity of homes to sell in Cushing led him to start building. These houses have created a tangible mark on the city. To this day, Realtors will point out, if appropriate, that “this is a Hauptfleisch built home”; it was synonymous with quality. In 1983 he retired from construction and became a Certified Real Estate Appraiser. Hoppy developed the reputation as a knowledgeable and honest appraiser. To say that he knew the value of Cushing would be an understatement.
R. G. Hauptfleisch was a dedicated community servant throughout his life. He was named as Elder Emeritus at the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. He was an active member of the Cushing Chamber of Commerce, served on the Industrial Development Board, donated time and resources to the Red Cross and was an integral part of the success of the Cushing Lion’s Club where he was a member for over fifty years holding every office within the local club and District Governor. The Lion’s motto of “We Serve” typifies Hoppy. R. G. always gave selflessly of his time and abilities and was highly regarded by those whose lives he touched.
Anyone who knew Hoppy could testify to his very competitive spirit. He became somewhat of a legend as a competitive bowler. Although it was somewhat later in life that he took up golf, he developed his game and served in many positions to support the Cushing Golf and Country Club.
Hoppy is survived by his daughter Marsha and husband Steve of Stillwater, Oklahoma; granddaughter Megan Maison and husband Vince Regan, great-granddaughter Arabella Maison-Regan of Fort Worth Texas; and grandson Mace Maison and wife Ana Nava, great-granddaughter Annabelle Nava-Maison and great-grandson Jasper Maison of Orlando, Florida; and Ruth Riffe, special friend and companion of Cushing, Oklahoma. Other survivors include sister Betty Learch, nieces Terrie Thies, Tammy Duffy, Tina Lerch, Toni Vee Irion and nephews Mike and Ronnie Hauptfleisch and all of their respective families.
His family extends thanks and appreciation to the staff of Golden Oaks Retirement Village, Stillwater, for their dedicated and sensitive care over the past eighteen months.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ or the Cushing Lion’s Club. A Service of Celebration to honor Hoppy’s life and faith will take place later in February.