2020 TOURIST SEASON – The 285-foot super yacht Lonian is tied up at the Old Sitka Dock Friday while its support vessel, the 217-foot Hoder equipped with a helicopter and ROV, is seen anchored in the distance. The 14-passender Lonian, which was launched in 2019, is owned by billionaire Lorenzo Fertitta, former owner of UFC. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Joseph Mudry, Former Sitkan, Dies in Oregon

Joseph Mudry

Joseph Mudry passed away, surrounded by family, in his Portland, Oregon, home on June 9.

He valiantly fought a 3½ month battle to heal after suffering an aortic aneurysm on Feb. 26. Sadly, during this time he was isolated from his family due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, recovery proved impossible and he made the difficult decision to come home to live his final days, with his loved ones at his side.  

Joe was born on Jan. 10, 1949, in San Pedro, California, the youngest of four children of Dr. Joseph and Lillian Mudry. He attended Indio High School and there he met Linda Snedaker.  They were married Feb. 16, 1968, and had two children, Joseph and Stacy.

During his life Joe owned many businesses, including a gas station, a drywall contracting company and an RV repair company.

In 1995, Joe and Linda semi-retired and followed their son to Sitka, where Joe first worked at True Value Sitka and then for the State of Alaska at Mt, Edgecumbe High School. He and Linda fully retired last year and moved to Portland.

When asked what his hobbies were, “Pops” (as he was affectionately called by his family) would answer, “Fish and drink beer.”  Joe had a good sense of humor and was always quick with a joke, a witty comment or words to make one feel at ease.  He would always answer a call to help with whatever was needed, from repairs of any kind, life advice, being a willing fishing partner, to being the best man at his son’s wedding.

Joe was a dedicated father, grandfather, brother, uncle and husband. He was a friend to many and his kind heart, infectious laugh, witty demeanor and goofy smile will be truly missed by all.  

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda Mudry; and his children, Stacy Mudry (Darryl Howard) and Joseph Mudry (SueAnn).

Also surviving are his grandchildren, Bryant Mudry-Howard, Hayden Mudry-Howard, Elizabeth Howard, Joey Mudry (Hannah), Sophie Romine (Devan), Gabriel Sexton, Samantha McBryde (Connor) and Shiloh Sexton; and his great-grandchildren, Jacen Mudry and Virginia McBryde.

His sisters are Joann Grillo, Betty Kurisu (Vern) and Catherine Campbell. He also is survived by many loved nieces and nephews. 

 

His family expressed a heartfelt “Thank You for the wonderful notes, cards, prayers, well wishes, and gift baskets.  We sincerely appreciate all your love and support.”

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-10-20)

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 1;45 p.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 69

Total statewide – 3,775

Total (cumulative) deaths – 26

Active cases in Sitka – 21 (15 resident; 6 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 16 (12 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 154.

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

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 

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