Trooper Robert John Lather, II

Trooper Robert John Lather, II

Indiana State Police, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, July 6, 1982

Robert John Lather, II

Trooper Robert Lather was killed when his cruiser was struck by a car that he and a Howard County deputy were trying to stop.

The deputy had called for assistance in stopping the vehicle, which was traveling at over 95 mph. Trooper Lather was in front of the vehicle attempting to slow it when the car struck the rear of his cruiser, causing it to crash.

Trooper Lather had served with the Indiana State Police for 7½ years and was assigned to the Peru post. He was survived by his wife, 2-year-old son and 6-month-old daughter.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 7 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Not available

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Trooper Lather, I am sorry that you had to give the greatest sacrifice of all, your life. Watching your children grow up, and experiencing young adulthood. I pray that God gives your family peace and solace from losing you, I pray that God has wrapped you in his loving arms & you have the joys of heaven to comfort you. You deserve the only best and I can promise you will never be forgotten.

Cheryl Roe
Mom of Deptuy

July 8, 2017

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