Frank N. Kimball, Lifelong Sitka Resident, Dies at 52

Frank Neil Kimball

Frank Neil Kimball, a lifelong Sitka resident, died here Sept. 21 at age 52.

Services will be at a later date.

Frank was born July 11, 1968, in Sitka, the son of Kenneth Neil and Shirley Joy (Smith) Kimball, who had  moved here in 1960.

Frank attended Sitka schools from kindergarten through 12th, graduating from Sitka High School in 1986. Right after graduation, Roger Sudnikovich of S&S Construction hired him and got him into the 302 Operators Union. His career as a heavy equipment operator launched, Frank also worked with Conner Nelson at Keystone Associates Inc., at Western Marine Construction, and with many other construction companies in Alaska.

Among Frank’s interests were boating and hunting – and his many dogs.

Frank was a loving son and brother, uncle and cousin, his family said.

His survivors include his parents, Kenneth and Shirley Kimball of Sitka; and siblings and their families: Michael Kimball of Fresno, California, and children Kara and Nicole Kimball; sister Karmon Conatser of Rice, Washington, and children Travis and Tom Conatser and Tamara Kyle; and sister Tamara Eliason of Sitka and children Jorgen and Nicholas Eliason and Lindy Eliason-Hansen. Also surviving are companion Linda Ozawa and many friends and co-workers in the construction business around the state.


The family suggests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to a charity of choice.

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At a Glance

(updated 1-12-22)

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 11:55 am Wednesday.

New cases as of Friday: 2,512

Total statewide – 172,329

Total (cumulative) deaths – 955

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,337

Current Hospitalizations – 103

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 153 new COVID cases in the past 7 days. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 34

Cases in last 7 days – 153

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,531

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

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





January 2002

Classified ads, Rentals: 3-bdrm. house on the beach. $900; 3-bdrm duplex, washer/dryer $945; Great downtown house, 2 bdrms., 2 baths, furnished,
W/D, hardwood floors $850; 2-bdrm. roomy apartment $945..


January 1972

The City and Borough Assembly Tuesday approved an ordinance establishing a transportation committee to advise the assembly and promote transportation services for the municipality. Members are Cecil McClain, Ray Mabey, Clarence Kramer,
Dick Cushing and Burt Hansen.