Retired Seattle Police Officers Association

Last Ring

Take a moment to remember our friends and associates who have passed.

Gene Anderson #2136, retired Seattle Police Patrolman passed away on September 3, 2014. He was 80 years of age upon passing. 

Gene was born and spent his early years in North Dakota. His family moved to Seattle when he was thirteen. He attended Roosevelt High and participated in track.  After school he also worked at the Sears store at 65th and Roosevelt. He met his wife Gloria, who worked in another department, there. 
Gene joined the Navy upon graduation. He was stationed at a Naval Air Base on the west coast of Japan during the Korean War. He served on a flight crew for four years. 
After discharge, he returned to Seattle and got his old job back at Sears. Next he married Gloria in 1953. They both worked at Sears until Gene decided to become a policeman after reading the Department’s job advertisements. His first cousin Harvey Olson #1893 was already on the Department and recommended Gene to the recruiters.  He was hired in the fall of 1961 during the Department’s preparation for the World’s Fair in 1962. Gene was one of the first police employees to live outside of the City of Seattle before the Department’s requirement was dropped. 
Gene spent his entire career in operation. His first six years were in Patrol at Georgetown. Then he went to the Tac Squad from 1968 through 1972 during the riot years. In 1973 he transferred to Patrol West Central because this assignment was more conducive for coaching kids soccer. Six years later he was assigned to Harbor. He gave up coaching to raise Morgans.  This necessitated moving to Stanwood to buy horse acreage. Gene retired at the end of 1986, after twenty-five years of service.
During retirement, Gene and Gloria showed their horses throughout the Northwest, California and Arizona. Their horses won numerous competitions. Gene’s wife Gloria preceded him in death in 2013. He is survived by his son Gene Jr.; his two daughters, Sandra Brenner and Susan Henslee; and four grandchildren.