Harold Ray Nye 1926-2003
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Harold Ray “Nappy” Nye passed from this life on Aug. 27 in Oklahoma City at the age of 77. The son of Ray Nye and Velma Lora Brittain Nye, he was born on a farm north of Oakley on Jan. 29, 1926. He married Joyce Fae Fechner Feb. 12, 1945. To this union were born Terrolynn “Terri” Ethellé and Ronald Ray.
A native of Oakley, Nye served as night marshal for his hometown approximately one year, prior to service with Garden city Police Department, 1948-1951, and Hutchinson Police Department, 1951-1955. He was serving as captain of detectives and assistant chief of police at Hutchinson when appointed Kansas Bureau of Investigation special agent on July 1, 1955. He worked his way to KBI assistant director and graduated from Southern Police Institute before being appointed director of the KBI, Sept. 1, 1969. Elected president of Kansas Peace Officers’ Association in 1970, he served as KBI director until January 1971 and retired from the KBI on July 15, 1975.
As a member of Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit, he provided security for President Eisenhower as well as presidential hopefuls Humphrey and Goldwater when they visited Kansas. Nye was the last surviving KBI investigator from the 1959 Clutter case, about which Truman Capote wrote the novel “In Cold Blood.” Through the years he was interviewed numerous times by various media sources including “Larry King Live” and “60 Minutes” about his experiences working on the case and working with Capote.
After retirement from the KBI, he was a real estate broker and owned Ray’s Auto Service and 63rd Street Pawn in Oklahoma City. He served in World War II.
He is survived by his wife of Oklahoma City, children Terrolynn “Terri” Ethellé Hurley of Holyrood and Ronald Ray Nye of Edmond, Okla.; sisters Shirley Benda of Broomfield, Colo., and Verleen Atchley of Clayton, N.M. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Gerald and Duane. Inurnment will take place in the Oakley cemetery at a later date. Sept. 4, 2003
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