Robert Littlefield Sr. Passes Away at Age 77

Robert James Littlefield Sr.

Robert James Littlefield Sr., a lifetime resident of Sitka, passed away Nov. 30, 2020, in Wasilla.

He was born July 18, 1943, in Sitka, the son of Charles L. and Esther (Kasakan) Littlefield. He was a member of the Kiksadi Clan.

Survivors include his wife, Martha (Chuglawk) Littlefield of Napaskiak. They met in Bethel and were married there Aug. 16, 1968. Their marriage was blessed on Jan. 18, 2001, at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral St. Innocent, in Anchorage.

Over the years, Robert had various jobs, working at the boys dorm at Mt. Edgecumbe High School on Japonski Island, security at the Sitka Pioneers Home, and at the Alaska Lumber and Pulp pulp mill. He cooked at several places – cooking even took him to South Dakota for several years.

Robert was diagnosed with polio when he was young, and he was told he would never walk. That never stopped him from doing all the things he loved. From childhood he cooked and baked with his mom, and fished and hunted with his brothers.

He loved going all out by cooking, baking and decorating on holidays and birthdays. Lots of people wanted his recipes, from his deviled eggs to his fried bread. At Christmas he made cookie boxes and pies to deliver to people.

He was also known for his kindness – he had given away cars and given food and money to those in need.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Esther Littlefield; son Robert Littlefield Jr.; brothers Louis Simpson, Peter Simpson, Joseph Littlefield, Harry Littlefield and William Littlefield; and sister Mary Littlefield.

Surviving are his siblings, Evelyn Johnson of Sitka and Fred Simpson of Mt. Vernon, Washington.

His surviving children are Barbara Anvil of Anchorage, Laverne (Mike) Hartshorn of Sitka, Evelyn (Ronald) Coleman of Orofino, Idaho, Charles Littlefield III of Juneau, William Littlefield of Wasilla, and adopted son Andy Nichols of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

His grandchildren are Nicole (David) Therchik, Elaine (Shawn) George, Wayne (Jessica) Anvil, Clarice Anvil and Chiara Chase, Nicholai Littlefield, Michelle (Matthew) Hauert, Joanne Littlefield, Melissa (Aaron) Hammock, Tarja Hartshorn and Matthew Hartshorn, Anisah (Taylor) Walton and Alexanderia Coleman, Steven Littlefield and Desiree Littlefield, Kevin Barnes, William Littlefield Jr., Fiery Littlefield, Robert Littlefield III, Kayleb Littlefield, and many more great-grandchildren.

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At a Glance

(updated 8-17-22)

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 12:15 pm Wednesday, August 17.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,444

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 277,007

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,296

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,843

Case Rate per 100,000 – 198.11

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "High.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Case Rate per 100,000 – 211.20

Cases in last 7 days – 18

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,022

Hospitalizations (to date) – 29

Deceased (cumulative) – 7

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






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