SUN AND SNOW – Snow evaporates off the roof of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Thursday. More late season snow mixed with rain  is in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday. Sunny weather is in the forecast for the first part of next week. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

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Ron Heathman, 67, Dies; Formerly Lived in Sitka

Ronald Lee Heathman

 

Ronald Lee Heathman, a longtime Sitka resident, passed away on July 23, 2022, at his home in Anatone, Washington. He was 67.

Ron learned to love the outdoors as a young boy at his family’s hunting and river rafting lodge in Troy, Oregon. His love of the great outdoors brought him to Alaska in the mid 1970’s. Ron and his best buddy, Carl, were headed to the North Slope to make their fortunes, but stopped in Sitka first and decided to stay.

It was here he started his own family and built a good life. He was a hard worker and spent his years in Sitka as a tour bus driver, a tractor driver, and owner of a propeller repair shop. He loved Southeast Alaska, and spent all the time he possibly could hunting, fishing, camping, and boating with his family and many friends.

He especially loved telling jokes and stories around the campfire.

His love for adventure was passed along to his three children who, thanks to their dad, know what it is like to be a true Alaskan.

He returned to his forest property in the Blue Mountains of Washington in 2002 to live out his life.

Ron will be remembered as a kind man with a gentle soul. He will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Faye Heathman.

Ron is survived by his younger brother, Tom (Geri) Heathman of Anatone, Washington; aunt Carol (Rick) Bruns of Anatone; son Zach (Megan) Heathman, and granddaughters Taelyn and Madelyn, of Sitka; and daughters Megan Heathman of Bend, Oregon, and daughter Katie (Shawn) Smith of Grants Pass, Oregon.

An outdoor memorial celebration will be held in Sitka early in 2023.

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20 YEARS AGO

April 2004

Photo caption: Grace Larson holds one of the Easter breads she baked for sale at the annual Rainy Day Bazaar Saturday at Centennial Hall. Hundreds turned out for the event, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard Spouses and Women’s Association.

50 YEARS AGO

April 1974

All youngsters from walking age on up to age 12 are invited to an Easter egg hunt Sunday. Ages 5 and under meet at the Centennial Building; ages 6-9 in front of the visitor center at Totem Park; and ages 10-12 at Totem Park. Some $150 in cash and merchandise prizes will be offered.

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