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Official Obituary of

William Needles

July 21, 1934 ~ March 25, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old

William Needles Obituary

Chief William Needles was a man of unwavering integrity, boundless compassion, and steadfast dedication. Born on July 21st, 1934, in East Chicago, IN, he was raised by his loving parents, William and Viola Needles, alongside his sister Evelyn. From a young age, it was evident that William possessed a rare sense of purpose and a deep commitment to serving others—a commitment that would shape the course of his life in profound ways.

After graduating from Griffith High School, William embarked on a journey of both personal and professional growth. He pursued higher education at Lincoln Christian College and Graceland University, laying the foundation for a career dedicated to upholding the values of justice, compassion, and community service.

On July 13th of 1979, William found his soulmate in Jacalyn, and together, they embarked on a journey of love, partnership, and unwavering support for one another. Their bond was a testament to the power of love and the beauty of a lifelong commitment—a commitment that would endure through the joys and challenges of life's journey.

For two decades, Chief William Needles served with honor and distinction as a member of the Highland Police Department, dedicating himself to protecting and serving his community with courage, compassion, and unwavering professionalism. His selflessness, bravery, and tireless dedication earned him the respect and admiration of all who had the privilege of working alongside him.

In addition to his many civic involvements, Chief Needles was presented with the Outstanding Young Man of the Year award by the Jaycees of Indiana, was a longtime member of the Hammond Optimist Club and past member of the Highland Rotary Club. He served as a Deacon at the First Church of Christ and enjoyed leading and singing in the choir there with his sister. He took his natural singing talents on the road and participated in many regional competitions.

Upon his retirement, William continued to make a difference in the lives of others, channeling his passion for security and safety into a new career selling security equipment to major corporations. His commitment to safeguarding others never wavered, and his impact extended far beyond the confines of his profession.

Beyond his professional achievements, Chief William Needles will be remembered for his unwavering devotion to his family and his community. He was a loving father to his children; Jennifer (Ronald) Dixon, David (Dianne) Needles, William (Teresa) Needles, and Robert (Pam Myers) Needles. Grandchildren Emelynn Faulkner, Sarah (Nick) Hambarian, Ryan (Chelsea) Needles, Tyler (Lauren) Needles and Brenna Needles. As well as seven great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and several sister and brother in laws. He was preceded in death by parents William Marshall Needles and Viola May (nee Richmond), sister Evelyn Ohlstrom (late Thomas), twin brother Willard and brother Phillip. His love knew no bounds, and his presence brought warmth, laughter, and joy to all who had the privilege of knowing him.

In addition to his family, William found immense fulfillment in his friendships, his hobbies, and his commitment to making the world a better place. Whether he was casting a line in the waters of northern Minnesota, teeing off on the golf course with friends, or lending a helping hand to those in need, he approached life with a sense of adventure, optimism, and unwavering faith.

As we bid farewell to Chief William Needles, let us take comfort in the knowledge that his spirit will live on in the countless lives he touched, saved, and forever changed. Though he may be gone from this world, his legacy of love, compassion, and service will endure as a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations to come.

Chief William Needles, you will be deeply missed, but your memory will live on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing you. May you find eternal peace and rest in the loving embrace of the Lord. Until we meet again, farewell, dear friend.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 8941 Kleinman Rd (one block south of Ridge Rd) Highland, IN, 46322 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm with a Funeral Service to be held at the funeral home at 12:00 pm. Interment to follow at Memory Lane Cemetery.

For additional information, please contact Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center Konnie Kuiper-Michael Kuiper-Vass by calling us at 219-838-0800 or visiting us at

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April 3, 2024

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center
8941 Kleinman Rd.
Highland, IN 46322

Funeral Service
April 3, 2024

12:00 PM
Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center
8941 Kleinman Rd.
Highland, IN 46322


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