Published in The Washington Post on June 14, 2017
HENRY B. HEIBERGER
Passed away on June 12, 2017 in Wichita Falls, TX.
Henry was a native of Washington, DC, born March 20,
1919 to Henry B. Heiberger, Sr. and Loretta Kiernan.
He graduated from Gonzaga High School in 1937
and Georgetown University in 1941 with a degree in chemistry.
After the war he received a fellowship to the University of Maryland Graduate School to
study chemistry. Henry was a proud member of "the greatest generation".
In 1941 he joined the Marine Corps, eventually rising to the rank of Captain. He served as a
combat Marine officer during World War II in the South Pacific, leading his company
through fierce battles, including the Battle of Tarawa. He joined the FBI in 1947. After
serving as a field agent in Texas, New Mexico, and California, he was transferred to the
FBI Laboratory in Washington, DC in 1950 where he worked as a special agent until
retirement in 1973.
He met his future wife, Jeannette Harris while working as an FBI field officer in El Paso,
Texas and they married in 1947.
After retiring from the FBI, he was employed for several years as a forensic scientist at the
Northern Virginia Crime Laboratory in Manassas, VA. He and his wife Jeannette retired to
Wichita Falls, TX and lived there for the past 22 years.
His wife, Jeannette preceded him in death, as well as his oldest daughter, Sally Cooper.
He is survived by his daughters Mary Howell of Virginia Beach, VA, Barbara Heiberger of
London, England, Katherine Roser of Clermont, FL, and Rebecca Morrison of Wichita
Falls, TX. He had eight grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren.
Henry was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was a devout Catholic,
scientist, gardener, reader, basketball fanatic, golfer, and lover of animals. He was an avid
pigeon fancier his entire life.
He will be remembered for his kindness, generosity and love of people. He believed that
the key to a happy and long life was lifelong learning, staying active, and keeping
Graveside services will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford, OK at a later
The family suggests that memorials be made in Henry's name to Hospice of Wichita Falls,
4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, Texas 76310.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.owensandbrumley.com
Owens & Brumley - Wichita Falls
1317 9TH STREET
Wichita Falls, TX 76301