Conservation Officer
Robert Shepherd Perkins
Indiana Department of Conservation
Tuesday, May 27, 1958

Age: 39
Served: 9 years
Badge #:
Panel 10E, Line 23
Panel L5, Line 10

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Automobile accident
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, May 27, 1958
05:15 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
206th Street and Overdorf Road
Incident County:
Hamilton
Incident Township:
Noblesville
Weapon Used:
None
Suspect Disposition:
None
Burial Place:
Oak Hill Cemetery, Lebanon

   Conservation Officer Robert Perkins was killed in a two-vehicle accident when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle on a rural road in Hamilton County.

   His entire family were in their vehicle eastbound when it was struck by a southbound vehicle at an intersection. Their vehicle careened over 100 feet before coming to rest after crashing through a fence at a nearby farm.

   Conservation Officer Perkins was partially pinned under the car when it landed upside down. He was transported to Riverview Hospital in Noblesville with multiple injuries and died later that day. His wife and one daughter, who suffered minor injuries, survived.

   The vehicle of the 19-year-old driver, who was uninjured, skidded over 60 feet south of the intersection.

   Conservation Officer Perkins was survived by his wife and four daughters. He was preceded in death by his 2-year-old son in 1953.

   The family had been living on a conservation farm in Boone County and when asked to relocate, were in the process of looking for a new home.

Military Service


United States Army


The responsibilities of the Indiana Department of Conservation (1919–1965) are now under the jurisdiction of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.


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