FILLING IN SHORTFALLS – Sitka Public Works street maintenance worker George Hardison fills a deep pothole at the intersection of Barracks and Seward Streets this afternoon. The city budget for the 2021 fiscal year did not include money for capital projects such as resurfacing roads. Because of the pandemic and the resulting decreased tax revenue there will likely be no city capital projects in Sitka in the 2022 budget either. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Kelly C. Ferguson Sr. Dies in Oregon at 67

Kelly C. Ferguson Sr.

Longtime Sitka resident Kelly C. Ferguson Sr. passed away April 25, 2020, from complications from a head injury. He was 67. 

Kelly was living in La Pine, Oregon,  where he was enjoying his retirement.

He was born March 19, 1953, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the youngest of four children of Claude and Retta Ferguson.

He spent much of his life in Sitka, brought up by commercial fishing. He met his wife of 36 years, Camille (Wrenn) Ferguson, in Sitka. They had two sons, Tony and Kelly Jr., and a daughter, Mary.

Kelly worked at Sitka Sound Seafoods before attending trade school in Tacoma, Washington, to become a heavy equipment operator. He worked for S&S in Sitka and started his own business, Kelly’s Diesel Service.

He retired from the state of Alaska Department of Transportation in Sitka in 2013, moving to Albuquerque and then to La Pine, Oregon, in 2019.

Kelly was an avid outdoorsman. He loved fishing, hunting, riding his ATVs and “plinking” with his family. Kelly and Camille enjoyed going on sight-seeing and 4-wheeling road trips with their RV, particularly in New Mexico, Utah, and Oregon, after his retirement. 

He loved his furry companions, Kruzoff and KC. He enjoyed watching the NFL with his daughter Mary, both being fans of the Seattle Seahawks. He loved going with his wife and in-laws to watch the University of Oregon Ducks play.  

Kelly was one of the founders of the early Sitka/Edgecumbe Youth Football League, and coached his sons Tony’s and Kelly’s teams Southeast Storm, Giants and Seahawks. He considered his team family and many of his players still refer to him as “coach.”

Kelly loved his large, extended family. “Uncle Kelly” liked being Santa Claus for all his nieces and nephews and grandchildren, hiding eggs for them during the family Easter Egg hunt, and entertaining the family with a fireworks show for the 4th of July. 

Kelly was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Retta Ferguson, and his favorite dogs, Kruzoff and KC. 

He is survived by his wife, Camille Ferguson; his children, Anthony and Krista Hammock, Kelly Ferguson Jr., and Mary Ferguson (Ryan Silva); and grandchildren Gavin, Trenton, and Killian Hammock, Chelsea McGraw, and Trista, Jasmine and Evander Elixman, all of Sitka.

He also is survived by his sister, Linda (John) Barkman, and children, Tiffany Grayson and Chris Barkman; brother Michael (Ellen) Ferguson and children Windy, Nathaniel and Elias Ferguson; and brother Randy Ferguson.  

Also surviving are Monique (Billy) Tow and family; Sabrina Smith and her family; Suzette (Frank) Burkhart and family; and Frank (Carol), Wayne and Aaron Wrenn. 

Letter and cards of condolences can be mailed to Camille Ferguson 4608 Halibut Point Road, Sitka, Alaska 99835. 

A celebration of life will follow at a later date. 



August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 1-22-21)

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 10:40 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 262

Total statewide – 51,204

Total (cumulative) deaths – 252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,160

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

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 1

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 307 (275 resident; 32 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 302

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.




January 2001

Photo caption: Graduates of the Certified Nurses Aide program offered at the University of Alaska, Southeast, Sitka Campus, are Sabrina Barkhoefer, Roxanne Newell, Diane Cox, Ruby Lanham, Amanda Hutchins, Cynthia McCarr, Saori Handy, Darcy Jones and Jeff “Richie” Richards.

January 1971

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