Game Warden
William J. Nattkemper
Indiana Department of Conservation
Tuesday, April 27, 1926

Age: 60
Served: 5 years
Badge #:
Military Service:
Panel 38W, Line 21
Panel L4, Line 5

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Drowned
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, April 27, 1926

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Wabash River at Tecumseh
Incident County:
Vigo
Incident Township:
Fayette
Weapon Used:

Suspect Info:

Burial Location:
Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute

   Game Warden William Nattkemper and Game Warden William Peare drowned in the Wabash River at Tecumseh, north of Terre Haute, after their boat took on water and capsized on a very windy day.

   The two wardens, along with three others wardens, had just investigated the sound of gunshots and were returning upstream to destroy illegal fishing nets when the accident occurred. The other three wardens were able to swim to safety. The body of Game Warden Nattkemper was found three days later, two miles downstream from Fort Harrison Road.

   Game Warden Nattkemper was survived by his wife.


The responsibilities of the Indiana Department of Conservation are now under the jurisdiction of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.