Deputy Sheriff Robert H. Vest, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Robert H. Vest, Sr.

Cowley County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Friday, January 17, 1964

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Robert H. Vest, Sr.

Deputy Sheriff Bobbie Vest was killed in a single automobile crash while on patrol near Arkansas City.

Deputy Vest was on a regular road patrol accompanied by his son. He was about nine miles east of Arkansas City, headed towards Dexter on U.S. Route 166 around 8:45 p.m., when he lost control of the patrol car. It went into the ditch and traveled about 200 feet before it turned over and stopped on its roof. Both men were brought to Memorial Hospital in Arkansas City. Deputy Vest died before morning, and his son recovered.

Deputy Vest was a United States Army Air Forces WWII veteran and had served with the Cowley County Sheriff's Office for nine months. He was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

single vehicle crash

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Deputy Sheriff Vest,
On today, the 60th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army Air Forces as a member of the 20th Air Force in the Pacific fighting the Japanese during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

January 17, 2024

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