Special Deputy Bill John Yanich

Special Deputy Bill John Yanich

Newton County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, December 17, 1967

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Bill John Yanich

Special Deputy Bill Yanich was killed in an automobile crash while on patrol.

He was riding in the squad car driven by another deputy sheriff when it was struck on the passenger side by a vehicle whose driver was under the influence of alcohol. The other deputy was seriously injured. The 22-year-old driver of the other car and his 24-year-old brother were critically injured.

Special Deputy Yanich had served with the Newton County Sheriff's Department for one year and was a US Marine Corps veteran. He was survived by his wife and three daughters.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

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On this date so many years ago you were called home to be with our creator. We will never understand why but someday we will all be together again. Until then you continue to watch over your loved ones and serve as their guardian angel. I will always love and miss you more than I can express. I am grateful that you continue to watch over me, Donna, Barb and Mom too.

Cyndi Oliver McConnell

December 18, 2020

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