Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Chicago Park District Police Department
Served: 13 years*
Unit of Assignment / Detail: Motorcycle Division
District of Incident (Present Day): 019 - Town Hall
Cause of Death: Crash - Motorcycle
Age at Time of Death: 42
Date of Birth: 17 Mar 1904
Date of Appointment: 16 Apr 1905
Date of Incident: 07 Nov 1946
End of Watch: 07 Nov 1946
Date of Interment: 11 Nov 1946
Cemetery: Irving Park Cemetery - Chicago, Illinois
Grave Location: Unknown
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # D-2
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 22
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 2, Line 45
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 63-E: 5
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Park Policeman Robert Ellsworth Oman, Star #188, aged 42 years, was a 13 year veteran of the Chicago Park District Police Department, assigned to the Motorcycle Division.
On November 7, 1946, Officer Oman was driving his police motorcycle on the 4100 block of North Marine Drive. In an attempt to avoid a collision with another vehicle, his motorcycle skidded over a patch of gravel. According to Frederick West, a psychology professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology witnessed Oman’s motorcycle leave the roadway and overturn. Officer Oman was thrown from the motorcycle and sustained a fractured skull. He was transported to American Hospital where he was pronounced dead on November 7, 1946.
Officer Oman was waked at a Lakeview Funeral Home located at 1458 West Belmont Avenue. He was laid to rest on November 11, 1946 in Irving Park Cemetery, 7777 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, Illinois.
Park Policeman Robert Ellsworth Oman, born March 17, 1904, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Park District Police Department in 1933.
Officer Oman was a Master Mason and a member of Hesperia Lodge No. 411 AF&AM. He was survived by his wife, Jeanette (nee Todtleben), age 34; children: Florence Darlene, age 2 and Jacqueline Marie, age 11; parents: Ada (nee Johnson) and John and siblings: Douglas, Donald, Dorothy Orr, Harriet Recklin, Lloyd, Marcel and the late Darlene Pfelfer.
The Chicago Park District Police Department, in the City of Chicago, was disbanded on December 31, 1957. On January 1, 1958, the remaining officers were transferred to the Chicago Police Department through an intergovernmental agreement. Fallen officers of the Chicago Park District Police Department are currently honored on the memorial wall of the Chicago Police Department as Chicago Police Officers. Their stars are displayed in the Superintendent’s Honored Star Case located in the lobby of the Chicago Police Department at 3510 South Michigan Avenue.