Retired Seattle Police Officers Association

Last Ring

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

Vernon “Don” Adams #2153, retired Seattle Police Sergeant, passed away on June 21, 2020 at 84 years of age.  Don was hired on October 2, 1961 and retired for service on March 27, 1975 after 13 years.  Don then went into real estate and eventually left the Seattle area, moving to Arizona to enjoy his full retirement with his wife of 64 years, Pat.  In following with Don’s request, there will be no services.

Barbara Grout #2290, Retired Seattle Police Sergeant, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at  88 years of age. Prior to coming to work as a Policewoman on July 23, 1962 Barbara held a position with the City Health Department. On January 1, 1970, Barbara was promoted to a Detective  position which she held until she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on October 18, 1979. Barbara was highly regarded by many on the Department as a “go to Sergeant”.  Barbara was  married to Seattle Police Sergeant Larry Grout #2167, who passed away in October 20, 2006. There will be no services at this time.

William “Bill” H. Bishop #1390, Retired Seattle Police Detective passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 94 years old.  Prior to being hired by the Seattle Police Department, William was a Seattle Firefighter for five years, he then was hired on October 22, 1952 as a Seattle Police Patrolman.  No services will be held per Bill’s wishes.

Allan Heinzlmeir #1367, Retired Seattle Police Sergeant Detective passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020 at the age of 91 at his home in California.  Allan was hired at Seattle PD on April 8, 1952 and retired after 27 years of service on April 9, 1979. Allan and his spouse, Marlene were married just four days shy of 61 years and sadly, Allan is predeceased by his daughter Allison in 2018.  There will be no public services.

William “Bill” Rauschmier #1461, Retired Seattle Police Detective, passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020, Eighty-nine years old, Bill was just five weeks shy of his 90th birthday. Bill was hired on July 6, 1953 and retired on October 15, 1980 after 27 years of service. Bill was married to his wife June for 51 years. Per Bill’s wishes, there will be no services.

Ivan Feilberg #1485, Retired Detective Sergeant passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 92 years of age. Prior to starting at Seattle PD, Ivan served in the US Army as a Military Police Officer. A celebration of Ivan’s life will be held in the future when all can gather again.

H. Mike Slessman #1672, Retired Seattle Police Captain, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 87 years of age. Mike was hired on October 31, 1955 and retired after 28 years of service on January 31, 1984. Due to the pandemic, no services will be scheduled at this time.

James E. Armstrong Jr. #2468, retired Seattle Police Detective passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2020, he was 85 years old. James retired on March 3, 1980 with a Line of Duty Disability after 15 years of service. He will be buried in the Military Cemetery in Boise Idaho. There are no services planned at this time.

Ronald McAffee #3366. Retired Seattle Police Patrol Officer passed away Friday, April 10, 2020, he was 76 years old. Ron retired with a line of duty disability on 12/19/1979, after 9 years of service.Services are being planned for a later date due to Governor Inslee’s  “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order.

David Jessup #1086, Retired Seattle Police Major passed away on April 10, 2020 at 96 years of age.  Prior to joining the Seattle Police Department, David fought in the US Navy from 1943 to 1949. He returned home and was subsequently hired on the Department on December 20, 1949 and rose through the ranks prior to his retirement on August 28, 1970. At the time of David’s passing, he had just completed 49 ½ years of retirement. Due to the pandemic, there will be no current service.

Gregory Phillips #3541, retired Seattle Police Patrol Sargent passed away with his wife Karen by his side on Saturday, April 4, 2020, he was 72 years old. Greg retired with a line of duty disability on 1/25/1995, after 24 years of service.There will be no services.

Hubert “Bud” VandenWyer #1092, Retired Seattle Police Chief, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Bud was 94 years old.  Bud was hired on December 20, 1949 and retired for Service on February 6, 1979 after 30 years of service. The family specifically asked that an announcement be made that a memorial will be scheduled at a future date.

Dennis Sumida #4935, Retired Seattle Police Traffic Officer passed away on April 1, 2020 on his 61st birthday.  Dennis came to Seattle PD from Sparks, Nevada Police Department on October 1, 1985, he retired on October 1, 2015 with 30 years of service.  Services will be held at the Northern Nevada Veteran’s Cemetery in Fernley, Nevada, at the end of the pandemic.

John Dinse, #1520, Retired Seattle Police Bomb Squad Detective, passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2020, he celebrated his 93rd birthday just weeks prior.  John was hired on January 4, 1954 and retired for Service on March 31, 1981, after 27 years of service. As of now there are no services that can be scheduled. Should any be scheduled, the Police Pension office will notify you of that update.

Ernest “Ernie” L. Bisset #1286,  Retired Seattle Police Lieutenant, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 89 years old.  Ernie was hired on October 11, 1951 and retired for service on July 13, 1981, after almost 30 years of service. Ernie was honored at the 2019 Retired Officers Banquet as being the person in attendance with the lowest serial number. He spoke highly of this honor and was very thankful that he was able to share that evening with his Daughter Kim and Son Joel. At this time no services are able to be planned. The family will notify us when a Memorial can be schedule

Allan “Al”  Lima #2898, Retired Seattle Police Detective passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 80 years old.  Al was hired on April 30, 1968 and retired on a line of duty disability on May 21, 1997 after 29 years of service. Currently there are no services allowed to take place in our state, so any service date will be published in the future.  Al is survived by his wife of 58 years, Donna and their son David and daughter Deanna.

Allan R. Gustin #3055, Retired Seattle Police Patrolman, passed away February 24, 2020  at 83 years of age.  A memorial service will be held on March 21st at 1:00PM at Grace Community Covenant Church, 5501 Wiggins Rd SE, Olympia, WA.

Jim Street #2353, retired Seattle Police Patrolman and Motorcycle Officer passed away Wednesday , February 12, 2020 at the age of 82. There will be no memorial service per his request.  He was hired on 7/27/1963. He retired on 1/17/1995.

Dennis Jorve #2134, Retired Seattle Police Detective Sergeant, passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 86 years of age. He was hired on September 11, 1961 and retired for Service on April 1, 1986. Dennis worked just over 27 years total as he was in the Transit Department prior to becoming a Police Officer.

Earl Thomas #2093, Retired Seattle Police Patrol Officer passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 80 years of age.  Earl was hired on November 16, 1960 and retired for Disability on January 9, 1981. No services are being scheduled at this time.

Craig Vold #3294, Retired Seattle Police Detective, passed away on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 75 years of age.  Craig was hired on January 2, 1970 and retired for service on March 26, 2007. A service will be held on January 17, 2020 at 3:00PM, at the Bothell First Lutheran Church,  10207 NE 183rd St, Bothell, WA 98011