WHERE'S THE FIRE? – Adam Horton wears his Sitka Fire Department engineer's helmet as he takes part in the annual Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums Polar Dip Saturday on Eagle Beach. The event, which drew about 100 participants and spectators, is part of a fundraising effort to help offset costs for the pipes and drum band to participate in the Alaska Day Festival. (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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