Robert “Bob” Armstrong #1516, Retired Seattle Police Officer passed away on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at the age of 91.
Bob was born and spent his early years in Wenatchee. His family moved to the Burien area just as he entered high school. He attended Highline High and played on their football team. After graduation, he held temporary mechanic jobs because employment was scarce due to the fact that WWII veterans were frequently filling up employment positions using their veteran preference hiring privilege. In 1950 Bob joined the Army. He served in the Korean Conflict. In December 1953 he was demobilized and returned to Seattle.
The Seattle Police Department was in expansion programs at the time so Bob applied. Now with his new veteran preference, he was hired immediately as a provisional patrolman in January 1954. Backgrounding candidates was very fast and simple then. He worked patrol for the next six months. In July he was assigned to Academy Class 32. Two of his academy classmates were Jack Stanton #1565 and Jerry Boyer #1422.
Bob was assigned back to patrol for six months. Then suddenly the department decided Bob was needed on motorcycles for the next seven months. In October 1955 he was returned to patrol for three years. After that, he was reassigned to solos for another year. In November 1959 he was assigned back to patrol until he vested with 21 years of service in 1975. During these years he also landed a couple of stints as summer help in Harbor. Most importantly, in 1962 while detailed as temporary help in the Misdemeanor Warrants Office on the first floor of PSB, he met his wife Donna who was working the Time Pay Window of Warrants.
Bob vested to take a job in Warrants as a civilian and work alongside Donna. He worked there for a year. He then left city employment because he got a job as Security Director at Bergman’s Luggage on 3rd and Stewart. After a couple of years, he got a better job working security at the Fry Art Museum at 7th and Terry.
Bob quit working in the mid 1980’s to enjoy his retirement because of the COLA increases to both his pension and Social Security that occurred due to inflation during the Carter Administration. He spent his time riding his motorcycle, painting and writing poetry. In fact, he won the Distinction Award from the World of Poetry Publishers. In 2011 Bob and his daughter Cynthia bought a house together with a large yard. Bob then worked on the house and gardened for the next ten years.
He is survived by his two adult children Cynthia and Richard.