Thorpe family again requests Oklahoma burial

Thursday, February 15th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Jim Thorpe's relatives say they won't rest until he's buried in Oklahoma.

They held a press conference today in Oklahoma City to push for the transfer of Thorpe's body from Pennslyvania to his native state.

In 1912, Thorpe became the only Olympian ever to win the decathlon and pentathlon. The Olympic committee stripped him of his medals because he had played semiprofessional baseball, then gave them back in the 1980s.

Jack Thorpe says his stepmother shopped around until she buried his father in a Pennsylvania town now called Jim Thorpe.

The biggest obstacle to moving the body may be a contract that Patricia Thorpe signed with the town. The contract guaranteed his body would remain there as long as the town abided by certain conditions.