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Chief of Police Ralph Earl Thomas | Okoboji Police Department, Iowa Okoboji Police Department, Iowa

Chief of Police

Ralph Earl Thomas

Okoboji Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch: Monday, October 28, 1968

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 63

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile crash

Incident Date: 10/19/1968

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Chief of Police Ralph Thomas succumbed to injuries sustained nine days earlier when his patrol car was struck head-on by another vehicle on Highway 71, between Milford and Okoboji.

He was returning to Okoboji when another vehicle crossed the center line and struck his patrol car head-on. He was transported to Dickinson County Memorial Hospital where he remained until succumbing to his injuries.

Chief Thomas had served as the chief of police and city clerk for six years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.

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In remembrance of my father, Ralph Thomas, who is still missed after all these years.

Lolyn Thomas Wilkinson
September 13, 2014


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