Bob Nouwens Dies in Oregon; Former Sitka Resident was 87

Bob Nouwens

Former Sitka resident Bob Nouwens passed away on August 31, 2021, in Bandon, Oregon, at the age of 87.

Bob was born March 28, 1934, in Bogor, Indonesia. After World War II, the family returned to The Netherlands. In 1959, Bob moved to Portland, Oregon, and in 1967 came to Sitka, where he was a shift electrician at Alaska Lumber and Pulp Co.

He also was active in the Sitka Volunteer Fire Department.

Life took on more color and purpose after he married his second wife, Esther, in 1982. A glorious love was the main ingredient of their marriage, which lasted for some 34 years.

After Esther passed away in October 2016, Bob’s life took a turn and became more colorless and without personal joy.

His home was in Port Orford, Oregon, at the time of his death.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Karen (Nouwens) Marquis of Anchorage, and a number of grandchildren and a few great-grandchildren.


Donations in Bob’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (  and the Guide Dogs for the Blind (

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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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 Electric department officials are asking Sitkans to conserve electricity over the next few days while the city recovers from a three-hour power outage caused by a mudslide knocking out a span of the main hydropower transmission line near Heart Lake.


August 1972

Legionnaires of the American Legion, Sitka Post No. 13, have been appointed to key committees in the state department. They are George H. Inman Jr., Carroll E. Kohler, Raymond C. Perkins and Edward J. Flynn.