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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I am your baby, I wanted to climb in the casket with you, they said you were sleeping, I wish I would have. Life has been full of manipulation, lies and mistrust which has shaped me into someone that has been broken many times. I know if you would still be here with me you would have protected me from all of it. The day you left me was the worst day of my life, I pray one day we will be together in heaven. Until then I will remember those big arms of yours wrapped around me, loving me. I miss you every day. All my love to my Hero, my Dad, Bill John Yanich

To all the people that have left heartfelt sentiments, I thank you, I knew my Dad was a great man and I thank you for sharing.

Barbara Yanich Stewart
Daughter of the Biggest Hero in history

December 19, 2021

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