OPEN AIR CONCERT – From left, musicians Ross Venneberg, Brian Neal, Wade Demmert and Roger Schmidt perform an outdoor brass concert for residents of the Pioneers Home Monday. The professional musicians, who are hunkered down in Sitka, are regulars at the annual Holiday Brass Concert. The Pioneers Home has been closed to visitors during the pandemic. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Services For Daniel Rear To be Nov. 4

Daniel George Rear

    A celebration of the life of Daniel George Rear will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Assembly of God. A time to share memories and company will follow.
    A graveside service will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Sitka Memorial Park.
    Dan died Oct. 13, at the homestead on the Taku River. He was 75.
    He was born March 7, 1943, in Portland, Maine, the son of Gertrude (MacMillan) and George Rear.
    He graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School, and on March 29, 1970, he and Clara Trillingham were married in Juneau.
    He was a commercial fisherman, trolling and longlining; and hauled freight on the landing craft. He served in the National Guard in California.
    The family lived in Pelican for 12 years before moving to Sitka in the fall of 1988.
    Dan enjoyed playing golf, and subsistence hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Sitka Moose Lodge.
    Dan was a devout Christian, a loving husband and nurturing father. He loved his family and the church, and witnessing for Jesus.
    He also enjoyed spending time at his cabin on the Taku River.
    His family said he is missed by the many people who loved him, “but we are comforted knowing that he loved us  and that he is now rejoicing with Jesus in Heaven.”
    Dan was preceded in death by his son, Kyro.
    He is survived by his wife, Clara Rear, daughter Tammy Wheeler and her husband Jeff Wheeler, son Kenneth Rear and his wife Debbie, daughter Sarah Nelson, son Joziah  Rear, son Thelton Rear and his wife Kacie, son Simeon Rear and his wife Chantel, daughter Kristina Rear, son Joshua Rear and son Stephen Rear, all of Sitka, and son David Rear of Seattle; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
    His brother John Rear and his wife, Anna-Marg of Juneau; sisters Louella Nelson and Grace MacMillan, both of Orange County, California; and his mother-in-law, Wilma Trillingham, of Port Angeles, Wash., also survive.
    Members of his family will be pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Sitka Assembly of God.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-7-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:15 p.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Sunday: 19

Total statewide – 1,184

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 8 (3 resident; 5 non-resident)

Recovered cases in Sitka – 12 (10 resident; 2 non-resident)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 78.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.



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March 23, 2020



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