Patrolman Oran H. Pape

Patrolman Oran H. Pape

Iowa State Patrol, Iowa

End of Watch Thursday, April 30, 1936

Oran H. Pape

Patrolman Oran Pape was shot and killed while struggling with a suspect who had abducted him during a traffic stop on Highway 61 near Fairport. Patrolman Pape had stopped the vehicle, suspecting it was stolen. As he approached the car the driver pointed a gun at him and told him to get into the vehicle.

As they drove away Patrolman Pape grabbed the driver and began to struggle with him. During the struggle two shots were fired, one struck Patrolman Pape in the abdomen and groin and the other struck the suspect in the head, killing him instantly. Patrolman Pape was able to seek help and was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound the next day.

Patrolman Pape had served with the Iowa State Patrol for one year.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 40

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, April 29, 1936
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I recently ran across pictures of Oran "Nanny" Pape who was my Great Great Uncle, my mother Rosemary Nancy "Bennett" Ohde (deceased) was his Neice (her Mother, my Grandmother, Wealtha Paula Pape Bennett was Oran's Sister.
I'm extremely thankful that Oran "Nanny" has a Bldg. and Bridge which bear the Pape name in rememberance of his service and giving his life in the line of duty. I want to visit a piece of family history and honor his memory.

Kathy " Ohde" Brown
Great Great Neice
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Kathy Brown
Great Great Neice

September 9, 2017

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