Richard L. Needles


Richard L. “Dick” Needles, age 91 of New Philadelphia, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in his residence.

Born in Columbus on Sept. 21, 1927, Dick was a son of the late Glenn and Winifred Marlowe Needles.

At a young age Dick enlisted into the United States Army. He later re-enlisted in the United States Navy and then transferred to the United States Air Force. Professionally he was a truck driver for more than 30 years. In 1994 he retired from the Columbus Board of Education, where he had served as a school bus driver for many years.

Dick enjoyed fishing, was an avid dog lover and an even bigger fan of the Ohio State University football. He also followed the college football circuit and had the ability to recall statistics and poll placements throughout the season.

Dick, who was Catholic by faith, also enjoyed attending St. James Lutheran Church in Tuscarawas and taking long drives in the country.

Dick is survived by his wife, the former Jane L. Roth, whom he married on Oct. 6, 1973; his children, Michael Richard (Connie) Needles of Florida, Jodi (Roger) Eckerman, Julie McKay, Jamie Needles, Patrick “Stacey” Needles, Sherry (Bob) Dunning, Eileen Howard and Richard C. (Joan) Needles, all of the greater Columbus area; 12 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by two brothers, William “Bill” and Gordon Needles; a sister, Betty Green; two half-sisters, Juanita and Mary Margaret; and a half-brother, John.

A graveside service with military honors will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 11:30 a.m. in the St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery with Rev. Kenneth Hacker officiating. A meal and fellowship will be shared in the church social hall following the committal.

Those wishing to do so may send the family a personal condolence and light a candle in remembrance of Dick by visiting the funeral home’s website at

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