SMILE! – The Pacific High School graduating class poses outside Harrigan Centennial Hall Saturday afternoon prior to their commencement ceremony. Because of COVID-19 concerns the ceremony was not open to the public. Pictured are Eric Alvarado,Chelsea Taylor, Madison Roy-Mercer, Lindsey Bartolaba, Melissa Gibson, Douglas Johnson, Korbin Tugmon, George Stevenson, Jayvan Iya-Kowchee and Elizabeth Newell. Sitka High School will hold its graduation ceremony Monday, May 24. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Richard Wilkin II Dies; Former Sitkan was 87


Richard “Dick” Wilkin II

Richard “Dick” Wilkin II passed away on August 24, 2020, in Auburn, Washington. He was 87.

Dick was born February 19, 1933, in Norfolk, Virginia, to Richard Howard Wilkin Sr. and Ruby Clayton Wilkin. He was raised in Yakima and Spokane, Washington, with his older sister Virginia (Ginny).

He loved to travel, and when he was a teen he did a bike trip to tour the states with a buddy from Spokane that turned out to be quite an adventure. One of his travels brought him to Alaska where he met Ada Bruce in Sitka. They were married in Sitka in June 1957, where they lived and raised their children until 1986, when they moved to Pacific, Washington.

Dick was a Bureau of Indian Affairs  security guard and shore boat operator on Mt. Edgecumbe in the 1960s, and later worked for  Alaska Airlines in Sitka, and in Washington until his retirement in 2002. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, big family gatherings, picnics on the islands around Sitka and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dick was preceded in death by his wife Ada Wilkin, mother Ruby Henke, father Richard Wilkin Sr., sister Virginia (Ginny) Holbrook, daughter-in-law Linda Wilkin, grandson Stephen Wilkin and great-great-grandson Urijah Lee. 

Survivors include son Rick Wilkin, his children Corey, Nicole and Jamie all of Salmon Washington; daughter Bernadette Bruce, her children Charidy (Micah) McDaniels and Vicki Lee, all of Auburn, Washington; daughter Vicki Webb (Tom) of Portola, California, and her children Tommy of Ormand Beach, Florida, and Richard (Sabrina) of Sparks, Nevada; daughter Lori Stedman (Mike) and their children Jakob (Rachel) and Matt, all of Juneau; son Richard T. Wilkin III of Washington; daughter Lennette (Cookie) Harlin (Ron) and children Mary and Lisa, all of Kelso, Washington; son Arnold Wilkin, of Pacific, Washington and his child Tyler; daughter Ruby Delach and her children Christopher, Jess, Samantha and Anna, all of Washington; daughter Tammy Mears (Tim) and their children James of Sitka and Michael (Clarise) of Silverdale, Washington; and son Robert Wilkin (Doris) and their children Robert Jr. and Brenda all of Alaska.

Also surviving are niece Denise Daniels, her children Rick, and Gina of Washington, nephew Dale Schubach of Washington, and niece Val Paddock (Melvin) of Spokane, Washington and their children Daniel of Spokane and Monica Shriver of Sacramento, California; cousin Carol Griffith of Washington; 26 great- grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Dick is greatly missed by his family and loved ones. Family members are very thankful for all the condolences and prayers that have been received from many family friends.


To honor Dick’s wishes no services will be held. However, due to COVID the family will have a private memorial to celebrate his life. Messages and condolences for the family may be sent to Vicki Webb at 418 E Quincy Ave, Portola, CA 96122. Donations also may be made to a charity of choice in Dick’s name.

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 5-17-21)

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 12:45 p.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 50

Total statewide – 66,814

Total (cumulative) deaths – 358

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,542

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. Friday.

Active cases in Sitka – 7

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 372 (325 resident; 46 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 364

Deceased (cumulative) – 1

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

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The State of Alaska DHSS reported Monday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 4,978 (71.64%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,612 (66.37%)

Total population (16+) –6,949

Sitka has vaccinated (with at least one dose) 1,245 (84.24%) of its senior population (1,478 total), age 65 and older. 

Vaccination data for the City and Borough of Sitka can be found online at:





May 2001

Sitka High boys track team ran to a 2nd-place finish in Juneau while the girls finished fourth. Sitka long-jumper Derek Hirai leapt 19’9.5” for the 2nd highest jump in the state this year. ... Others doing well were Thor Hartwig, Matt Mangini, Damien LaMar, Jeff Loiselle, Logan Wild, Elgin Hollins, Brian Friske, Brian Mork, Mike Bagley, Cody Campbell ....

May 1971

New Loyal Order of Moose officers, installed Saturday, are Earl Arnold, Grant Laiblin Jr., James Gardner, William Wakefield Jr., Eddielee Hodnett, Basil Riley, Lloyd Van Doren, James Firestone Sr. and Lynden Kincaid.