Randall George Cox

 

October 4, 1953 – November 14, 2021

 

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Randy Cox

The world is a little less funny now…Randall George Cox passed away Nov, 14, 2021, in Kirkland, WA, due to complications from a brain aneurysm with his bride by his side while listening to the Beatles.

Randy was born in Seattle, WA, and graduated from Highline High School. It was during his senior year when he was drawn to law enforcement after witnessing an altercation. After a sheriff’s deputy chased a suspect who fled on foot, Randy ran to the patrol car, grabbed the radio and explained to a dispatcher what happened. Within minutes, the deputy received support and arrested the suspect.

This was Randy: Making sure the bad guy was apprehended, ensuring support for officers who put in a hard day’s night…while managing to stay clear of doing any paperwork.

This sparked a 30-year career with the Redmond Police Department where he took a great deal of pride in working for the community he resided in. Upon retiring in 2010, he departed as the senior most officer in the force. He signed off the radio his final time, “1-Ocean-1…for the final time, I am out of service. Goodbye everybody, it’s been a pleasure to work with you.” The first “1” represented the first shift of the day, “Ocean” was the Overlake District he patrolled eight days a week, and the second “1” was his call sign, indicating that he was the most senior commissioned officer, something he took a great deal of pride in.

He took the time to know the community he represented and could often ease tensions and get all parties to come together during an altercation. There was a strong possibility that Randy had previously either arrested the person or had drinks with them…or both. His wicked memory could remember most any call he responded to throughout his career.

Most everyone recognized Randy – he didn’t meet a person he didn’t befriend. He had a love for the Beatles, smoking cigarettes, bellying up at a local watering hole , and cruising here, there, and everywhere with family and friends. His sense of humor always made him the center of attention with jokes not intended for the easily offended. For Randy, all he needed was love and he managed to get by with a little help from his friends.

He is survived by wife, Anne Selinger-Cox; sisters (2) Jana (James) Miniken and Gayle (David) Lewis; brother Kenneth (Melissa) Cox; nephews (3) Jason Minken, Justin Miniken, and Joshua Lewis; niece Jessica (lewis) Jabaay, seven great nieces and nephews; and five cousins. He is preceded in death by father, Harry George Cox; mother, Jaren Inga (Kleven) Cox-Steger; Step-Father, Jim Steger; Grandparents Mathias and Gina Kleven, and Walter and Clara Cox; numerous aunts and uncles, and one cousin.

For the final time, once again, 1-Ocean-1 is out of service. Goodnight.

8 Responses to “Randall George Cox”

  • Gary Mitschele says:

    I have considered Lord Randall one of my dearest friends since our meeting on, of all places, a Cruise ship. We. Cruised maybe 17 to 20 times with him and his wife Annie!
    A Funny fellow doesn’t begin to describe him, more like laughing 😂 so hard, tears fell from my eyes! He also brought his brother Kenny with and he became just as close to me as a brother! There are too many experiences to share here but one favorite was walking or trying to walk on the top deck after midnight with a 50 knot wind in our face! We were almost blown off the ship!! Laughed all the way! He and Annie were definitely Soul Mates and I 🥰 loved them both so much! I will miss him greatly!

  • Emily Johnson says:

    What a wonderful tribute, especially with all the references to his aforementioned beloved Beatles. Prayers for his family, all of his many friends and his community.

  • Patty Gramley says:

    I worked with Randy and it’s true he was so funny. I too, would find myself laughing so hard tears fell from my eyes. He always remembered not only the bad guys names but asked about my kids by name, even ten years post retirement. I’d be patrolling the city and see Randy, likely at J Mikes, and he still had that steal trap memory and extra sharp wit. One story that sticks with me. We always checked the inside of the patrol cars before hitting the road to ensure no contraband or weapons in the backseat. Half way through my night shift I heard something in my backseat clunking around each time I’d take a corner. Perplexed I stopped and looked only to discover Randy had put a melting ice sculpture, from a wedding noise complaint we had responded to earlier in the night onto my backseats (plastic seats). He was always doing funny pranks like this and just hearing his name conjures up a smile on my face. RIP one ocean one.

  • Judge James Kaiser (Ret.) says:

    I remember Randy from seeing him often in Northeast District Court. In addition to the great sense of humor; he was a real professional police officer. I am glad to hear about his long service to the City of Redmond. He started in Redmond about the same time I did. I got a chance to see him often around the area and enjoyed every meeting.
    RIP Officer Cox.

  • Dave Batterberry says:

    Rest In Eternal Peace, Randy, until we meet again. You did GOOD while you were here, and you made the world a better place. I love you, and I miss you already. God Bless.

  • John Berks says:

    I was lucky enough to meet Randy on a cruise with his beautiful wife Anne, brother Kenny and sister-in-law Melissa some 8 years ago. My partner and I, Sarah, grew very close with them all. I developed a brother like bond with Randy. It was a special friendship that meant the world to me. When I was around Randy I found myself in this bubble of happiness. Every second I was near him was full of laughter. Life was great around Randy, it was like being at a comedy show!! I’ve cried tears of happiness numerous times with Randy, but he also had a heart of gold. In 2018 he picked me up from a major disappointment by just being Randy in a bar in Alaska, with a challenging bar maid! One of my fondest memories was sitting in his jeep on his drive for 6 hours listening to Beatles songs, he knew the lyrics to every single one as we laughed throughout.
    I’ll never ever forget The Legend that is Randall George Cox, I loved you like a brother. Sleep Well Guardian Angel.xx

  • Dorothy Prophet says:

    Thank you for all the wonderful memories.

  • Dan Haarstad says:

    I am glad we reconnected this past year, lots of fun memories growing up with you Randy. You were popular at Sylvester Jr. High, and you took me in as one of your friends where our group was formed. Theckston, Liebhart, Rengo, Miller, you and me. You drove us to high school in your 53 Chevy, we hung out at your home with you mother Mickey. She was always so nice to us kids, and of course Tonyawanyapuppydogpetuniaeater. Mr. B’s cafe out on Hwy.99 was our hangout smoking, drinking coffee and listening to the jukebox. Highline bowling alley was another favorite, and the Hustler pool hall in Burien. We were busboys at Ding How together, getting two buckets of ice for the bar. Slinging sweet and sour pork at the ceiling and making them stick. I heard so many stories about Tioga, North Dakota that Cheri and I went and stayed there in our motorhome on our way back from Minnesota. And then seeing you being a police officer in Redmond where we both spent our working careers. I remember you told me you were driving around Redmond with your emergency lights flashing on your cruiser, and you had no idea till you saw them flashing in a window. So many memories that have been going thru my mind the past weeks. My condolences to Annie, Jana, Gayle, and Kenny.

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