Honoring Tukwila resident Wynn Anderson

  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018 12:08pm
  • Opinion

The Tukwila Historical Society and the Society’s Executive Committee were informed of the passing of a long-time member and Tukwila resident.

On July 20, 2018 Wynn L. Anderson passed away at the age of 95. Wynn was born at Swedish Hospital in Seattle on Aug. 21, 1922. The same year that his father, Herman, had taken the position as principal of Renton High School. He was raised in Tukwila and worked from a very early age in the family business, Hermway Auto Station and Creamery. His father had also started the Golden Arrow Dairy moving the original operation from Skagit County to Tukwila. The dairy was located near the corner of present day Southcenter Boulevard and 65th Avenue South. According to Maxine (Wynn’s widow), the Golden Arrow Dairy building was burned in a fire on July 7, 1971.

Wynn graduated from Foster High School in 1940 and attended the University of Washington until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Wynn served for three and a half years and was stationed in many locations from New York to Okinawa. After he served in the Navy, he returned and married Maxine Gallacher. Maxine’s father had worked at the dairy when both were quite young. During their 69-year marriage, they raised three children — Alan, Christy, and Dale. Wynn had continued the family dairy operations moving the business to Christopher (located just north of Auburn, Washington). He was a dedicated family man who supported his children in their school activities and sports. Wynn was very active in the Tukwila community where he served on the City Council, Civil Service Commission and the Volunteer Fire Department.

After the Tukwila Historical Society obtained the first lease on the former Tukwila School/City Hall building in 2010, Wynn made a donation of several chairs that had been used in the original Tukwila School. The small chairs were for the younger students at the school which closed in 1938. Both Wynn and Maxine have been supportive of the Society and our efforts to establish a museum for the Tukwila community. He will be missed.

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