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)

John M. Rouse Sr. Dies Of Cancer at Age 63

John M. Rouse Sr.

John Michael Rouse Sr. of Sitka passed peacefully in his sleep at 4 a.m. Nov. 9, 2019, in Salt Lake City, after battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  He was 63 years old.
He is survived by his wife Kathleen Rouse.
John was a beloved father to his daughter Heather Peters and son-in-law Brian Peters of Roy, Washington;  son John Michael Rouse Jr. and daughter-in-law Melissa Rouse of Navarre, Florida; and daughter Melissa Navarro and son-in-law Israel Navarro of Clearfield, Utah.
He was also blessed with six grandchildren Megan Wilson, 17, Lauren Wilson, 15, Abigail Wilson, 14, Lillian Navarro, 7, Hunter Navarro, 4, and Ava Rouse, 1.
In addition, he had four step-children, Dale Lindstrom, Carl Lindstrom IV and Kori Lindstrom all of Sitka, and Jennifer Metlicka of Wasilla.
John is also survived by his sister Beverly Carr of Parkersburg, West Virginia, and niece Jennifer Lockhart of Clayton, North Carolina.
John was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, on August 23, 1956, the son of Amos and Betty Rouse. He graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1974 and was a proud member of the Big Red Marching Band.
John served in the United States Army from 1974 to 1993 and retired as a Sergeant First Class, working in logistics.  He served in many locations, including Fort Richardson, which was his favorite duty station. Also, he met two of his best friends while serving in the Army, Bruce Borup and Dave Crago.
John was a great outdoorsman who loved to fish, hunt, cruise around the islands of Sitka in his boat and camp with friends and family.
Among his community contributions was leading the Christmas boat parade on the channel. This year would have been his third.
He had a great sense of humor and was loved by so many. John had never met a stranger and had always been the guy who would give the shirt off his back to help someone out.
A celebration of his life is planned later.



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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