Edmonds man, Seattle’s oldest retired cop, dies at 102

Chester Johnson

Edmonds resident Chester “Chet” Johnson, the Seattle Police Department’s oldest retired officer, has died at the age of 102.

My Edmonds News online news partner The Seattle Times reported Tuesday that Mr. Johnson, who retired in 1961 after 25 years on the police force, bicycled into his 80s and swam daily until last fall. He and his wife, Doris, were married for 72 years.

Mr. Johnson died April 26 at home of congestive heart failure. In addition to his wife, he is survived by son Dave Johnson and daughter Jill Fritz, both of Edmonds. Mr. Johnson was the city’s longest-living police pensioner, collecting a police pension for almost 49 years, the Times said. Every year he would chuckle when he got a letter from the Seattle pension office inquiring if he was still alive. Read the entire story here.

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