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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At a Glance

(updated 5-30-2023)

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 Tuesday, May 30.

New cases as of Tuesday: 165

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 298,078

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,468

Case Rate per 100,000 – 22.64

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "Low.'' Case statistics are as of Tuesday.

Case Rate/100,000 – 58.70

Cases in last 7 days – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,424

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






June 2003

Sitka Community Hospital board of directors has asked SEARHC to stop providing most health care services to non-beneficiary patients. “During the collaborative process SEARHC has said they’re happy to do anything they can do to help,” said SCH Administrator Bill Patten. “This is one of the things they can do – not provide services to non-beneficiaries.”



June 1973

What began 50 years ago in a Methodist parsonage in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will be celebrated Sunday in Sitka. Les and Caroline Yaw’s four children invite the couple’s many, many friends to attend a golden wedding anniversary reception at the Centennial Building.