Memorial Service Feb. 14 For Robert Joseph Layton

Robert Joseph Layton

Robert Joseph Layton, a longtime Sitka resident, died Oct. 2, 2022, at the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer. His wife Midge was by his side.

A memorial service with military honors and burial will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Sitka National Cemetery. Bob was honorably discharged from two branches of the military – the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force.

Bob was 92 years young, his family said, and lived a happy life in Sitka. A “people” person, he enjoyed talking with family, friends and neighbors, whoever crossed his path, sharing his many stories and entertaining them. He also shared the oatmeal cookies he made using his own secret recipe.

He loved meeting new friends, and volunteering wherever he could help.

Bob was saddened that he didn’t make it back to Sitka to say farewell to all his friends, a family member said. “He tried hard to WILL himself to beat his illness, but each day he grew weaker.”

Bob was born Dec. 20, 1929, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He was a building contractor in Alaska, and after he and his wife Midge moved from Anchorage to her hometown, Sitka, he worked at Alaska Lumber & Pulp.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Elks Lodge.

Bob leaves behind a large family in the lower 48 whom he loved very much and talked to by phone as often as possible. They include daughters Jae and Joyce in Washington state, son Darrel in California, twin sons Robert and Ron, who live on the East Coast, and grandchildren.

He’s also survived by his wife Midge, of Sitka, and sisters-in-law Betty Goldsbury and Josephine Patterson of Sitka and Irene Vadon of Anchorage.

Condolences may be sent to Midge Layton in care of Sitka Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 598, Sitka, AK 99835.

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At a Glance

(updated 9-12-2023)

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 8:57 a.m. Tuesday, September 12.

New cases as of Tuesday: 278

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 301,513

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,485

Case Rate per 100,000 – 38.14

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "Low.'' Case statistics are as of Tuesday.

Case Rate/100,000 – 152.50

Cases in last 7 days – 13

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,575

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






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