Trooper
Robert Craig Gillespie
Indiana State Police
Friday, June 8, 1962

Age: 33
Served: 11 years, 9 months
Badge #:
Panel 53E, Line 3
Panel L19, Line 2

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Automobile accident
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, June 8, 1962
04:05 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
State Road 37 near Mitchell
Incident County:
Lawrence
Incident Township:
Marion
Weapon Used:
None
Suspect Disposition:
None
Burial Place:
Cresthaven Memory Gardens Cemetery, Bedford

   Trooper Robert Gillespie was killed in a two-vehicle accident while rushing to a call for assistance near Mitchell.

   While traveling with his emergency lights on about five miles south of Bedford, he was forced to leave the road when a pickup truck slowed in front of him. Leaving the highway to avoid the truck, Trooper Gillespie swerved back onto the highway to avoid another car in his path and was struck by a third car.

   Trooper Gillespie, from Bedford, was assigned to the Seymour post. He was survived by his wife and six children. In 1959, he was awarded the agency's Gold Star Award for Valor when, in spite of gunshot wounds, he continued to pursue a couple who had fired at him.

Military Service


United States Navy


Shore Patrol

Memorial Tribute

• In 2016, a Memorial Mile was designated on State Road 37 near Mitchell in his honor.

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