COLD WEATHER CASUALTY – Sitka Public Works Department employees dig up a section of broken water line near the corner of Price Street and Sawmill Creek Road this afternoon. Nearby houses continue to have water, but may have reduced pressure. While work is being done, the intersection is closed from the corner to Lillian Drive. Detours for access to the Lance Drive and the Hillside Subdivision neighborhoods are from Smith Street and Jarvis Street. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Navy Veteran Robert James Dies at Age 81


Robert Allen James

    Robert Allen James, a Sitka resident since September 1999, died Jan. 9 at the Sitka Pioneers Home. He was 81.
    He was born Aug. 30, 1938, in Juneau, the son of John R. and Amy (Takesato) James. The family moved to Seattle, Washington, in 1952, and Robert attended Ballard High School there. He then served in the U.S. Navy from May 9, 1959, until May 3, 1963.
    His occupation was as an electrician.
    In Sitka, Robert was a member of the American Legion Post 13, and Sealaska.
    Robert is survived by two brothers, Jerry James of Seattle and Ronald James of Sitka; a niece, Berta David of Sitka; nephew Brian L. James of Seattle; and great-nephews Vincent David and Kevin David.
    At his request, Robert will be cremated.
    Memorials and cards may be sent to Ronald James, 447 Verstovia Ave., Sitka, AK 99835.

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