FIT FOR DUTY – Thirty-seven recruits graduating from the Alaska Department of Public Safety Training Academy's Law Enforcement Training Session 1802 take the oath of office this afternoon at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. The audience was told that during the rigorous 16-week session recruits lost a combined 200 pounds of body fat. The graduates will be taking law enforcement positions around the state from the North Slope Borough Police Department to statewide Alaska Wildlife Troopers to the Ketchikan Police Department. Speaker at the ceremony was DPS Deputy Commissioner William Comer, who graduated from the academy in 1985. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Joseph (Joe) P. Anderson

Joseph (Joe) P. Anderson

Joseph (Joe) P. Anderson went to be with his Lord on Nov. 2, 2017, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, after a long struggle with several medical conditions. He was 72.
Joe was born Jan. 9, 1945, in Olympia, Wash., to Gaylord and Geraldine Davis. After graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Air Force.
Over the years Joe wore many hats: he volunteered for the Black Lake Fire Department in Black Lake, Wash., was a Teamster, a truck driver, a logger and a carpenter.
He came to Alaska in the early 1970s to work on the oil pipeline, and in 1976, he moved his family to Sitka, where he worked for the State of Alaska Housing Authority
He absolutely loved Alaska. After leaving Sitka in 1989 he moved to Fairbanks, where he continued working until medical conditions prevented it. He lived in Wasilla for nine years then moved to Anchorage in about 2002.
Joe was a Little League coach while in Sitka. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, hiking, jogging, and telling jokes.
Joe is survived by the mother of his five children, ex-wife Judy Anderson-Martin of Benton City, Wash., his daughters Cindy (Darrell Blankenship) Rochester, Wash., Angie (Jim Goertler)  of West Richland, Wash., and his son Nick Anderson (Tina) Sitka.
Joe had seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He helped raise one of his grandchildren as if she were his own, Jami Russert Walker (Anthony), Fife, Wash.
He was preceded in death by his parents Gaylord and Geraldine; his sister Marion Gross; his brother Bud Hendrickson; and his two sons Jimmy and Jeff.
“God saw that you were tired
When a cure was not to be
So he wrapped his arms around you
And whispered “Come to me”
You didn’t deserve what you went through
So he gave you rest
God’s garden must be beautiful
He only takes the best
And when I saw you sleeping
So peaceful and free of pain
I could not wish you back to suffer that again.”
Joe has joined the heavenly All-star baseball team with his two sons.
“Dad, you are loved and will be sorely missed,” his family said.
Joe’s ashes will be scattered in Alaska. No memorial service is planned.

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