John Henry Peper
Boone County Sheriff's Department
Thursday, February 7, 1935

Age: 39
Served: 1 month, 1 week
Badge #:
Panel 43W, Line 25
Panel L10, Line 11 (2007)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Automobile accident
Date/Time of Incident:
Thursday, February 7, 1935
07:10 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
U.S. 52 near County Road 450 North
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Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
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Burial Place:
Oak Hill Cemetery, Lebanon

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   Sheriff John Peper was killed in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 52, four miles north of Lebanon, while responding to the scene of another accident.

   He was a passenger of the vehicle driven by a deputy, who was his brother-in-law, when it went out of control on the sleet-covered roadway and flipped over.

   Sheriff Peper suffered fatal injuries when he was thrown into the back seat while the deputy suffered only minor injuries and survived.

   Sheriff Peper, a Democrat from Lebanon, was in the first year of his two-year term in office and was survived by his wife, sister and three brothers.

   His wife, Audra Peper, was appointed sheriff to serve the remainder of her husband's term, becoming the first female sheriff of Boone County and the fifth female to serve as a sheriff in the state of Indiana.

Military Service

United States Army
World War I

Memorial Tribute

• In 2010, U.S. 52, four miles north of Lebanon in Boone County, was dedicated the Sheriff John H. Peper Highway in his honor.

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