Game Warden Elmer Leon Nonnast

Game Warden Elmer Leon Nonnast

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism - Law Enforcement Division, Kansas

End of Watch Wednesday, May 8, 1974

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Elmer Leon Nonnast

Game Warden Elmer Nonnast suffered a fatal heart attack following a foot pursuit of a fisherman who was illegally fishing in the Arkansas River.

After returning from the foot pursuit Warden Nonnast became involved in an argument with the other suspects that had been apprehended.

He collapsed and was taken to a local hospital where he passed away.

Warden Nonnast, who served six years in law enforcement, was also a U.S. Army Ranger. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his service during the Vietnam War.

He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 227
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

foot pursuit, poacher

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I just learned of this website, and I’m so touched reading the thoughtful reflections for my father, Elmer Nonnast.
Your kind words are truly appreciated.
Even though he’s been gone for so long, he is still a hero in our family, and beloved stories of him live on.
Rest In Peace, Dad. You will always be remembered and loved.

Kristi Nonnast Long

April 10, 2018

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