Special Deputy Sheriff Rudolph Virchow Phelps

Special Deputy Sheriff Rudolph Virchow Phelps

Butler County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, February 13, 1931

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Rudolph Virchow Phelps

Special Deputy Sheriff Rudolph Phelps was killed in a vehicle crash on Route 71 (modern-day Route 231) two miles south of Morgantown.

He was traveling with another sheriff's deputy and the former county sheriff from Margontown to Leetown to conduct a tax-sale. The former sheriff attempted to pass a large truck but was crowded off the road and entered a ditch. Special Deputy Sheriff Phelps suffered a broken back and died two hours later. The other deputy and the former sheriff were both injured.

Special Deputy Sheriff Phelps was survived by his wife and three young children.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

routine driving

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I am so grateful to my brother, Steve, for researching our family tree. In doing so, he has brought our Granddad to life. We know so little about Granddad but what we do know makes me wish that he had lived to see his children grow and to be part of our lives as well. Granddad, may you rest in peace and the perpetual light of the love of Our Lord shine upon you.

Anna-Marie Phelps

March 29, 2023

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