FIT FOR DUTY – Thirty-seven recruits graduating from the Alaska Department of Public Safety Training Academy's Law Enforcement Training Session 1802 take the oath of office this afternoon at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. The audience was told that during the rigorous 16-week session recruits lost a combined 200 pounds of body fat. The graduates will be taking law enforcement positions around the state from the North Slope Borough Police Department to statewide Alaska Wildlife Troopers to the Ketchikan Police Department. Speaker at the ceremony was DPS Deputy Commissioner William Comer, who graduated from the academy in 1985. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Robert Beach

Sitka resident Robert J. “Bob” Beach, passed away on Feb. 23, 2012, while convalescing in Roy, Wash.,  where his daughter, Cindy, was caring for him. He was 83.
He was born May 20, 1928, in Battle Creek, Mich.

He was a high-steel painter by trade, and worked all over the western United States. He arrived in Sitka in August 1998.
He is survived by his wife, Lanis Beach, Sitka; daughters Loretta Beach, Cindy Beach, and Lavada Beach; granddaughter, Mi Mi Beach; and numerous other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He also is survived by three brothers, Tom Beach, Dick Beach, and Harry Beach, who live in California and Washington.
His desire was to return to Sitka to be with his wife, reconnect with his friends, and use his boat. His ashes will be interred in San Bernardino, Calif., , as he wished to be buried with his beloved mother.
His wife, Lanis, a Sitka School District educator, will hold a gathering with friends in Sitka this coming summer to celebrate his life.
He was a resident of Sitka since August of 1998.

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