Robert E. Dryden Dies; Was Electrical Engineer

 Robert (Bob) Everett Dryden

Robert (Bob) Everett Dryden, professional engineer of Alaska, exceptionally loving husband, father, brother, and friend, passed away peacefully  Aug. 3, 2022, at his home in Sitka, his wife and pups alongside, following a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75. 

He was born in Miami, Florida,  Aug. 12, 1946, and raised and educated in Fairbanks. He became a professional electrical engineer and worked out of Anchorage, Cordova, and Sitka.

Robert had many interests. He played violin in symphony orchestras, enjoyed building and flying radio-controlled airplanes, building and operating ham radio, and flying in an Aeronca Chief with lifelong friend Alan Barber. He loved engineering, reading, music, recreational boating, hiking and bonfires.

He had a tremendous love for dogs, and helped many people learn to love and understand them. He very much enjoyed meeting and talking to people, meeting and talking to dogs. He loved his wife intensely, loved his extended family, his town, his boat, and working on personal construction projects around his house and yard.

  Robert would like to be “remembered as having lived a life of integrity,” and hoped that a life after death, “if there is one,” would include his beloved dogs. 

He is survived by his wife, Lucia April Dryden of Sitka; son Everett Robert Dryden (Ann Marie and grandson Nathaniel) of Elmore, Vermont; brother James Dryden (Stephanie Koonz) of Anchorage; former spouse and friend Sylvie Savage of Morelia, Mexico; stepdaughters Patsy A. Wilkening of Anchorage, Heather N. Wilkening of DesMoines, Iowa, and Willow Ann Tebo of Sitka; stepson Jesse Allen Tebo (Chrystle and grandson, Tucker) of Anchorage; and nieces and nephews, cousins and many, many good friends. 

He will be missed.

An inurnment at Sitka National Cemetery is scheduled noon Sept. 23, followed by a celebration of his life at a weiner roast at Halibut Point Recreation Area, the south end; contact Dean Orbison. Attendees may bring a side dish and fond memories of Robert.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to S.A.I.L. of Sitka (Southeast Alaska Independent Living) or to a fund established by his wife to install a bench in memory of Robert along the Sitka trail system. Contact April at (907) 738-0573.

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Final arrangements are being handled by Prewitt Funeral Home of Sitka.

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At a Glance

(updated 9-28-22)

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, September 28.

New cases as of Wednesday: 546

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 282,928

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,329

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,955

Case Rate per 100,000 – 74.91

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 – 117.30

Cases in last 7 days – 10

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,358

Hospitalizations (to date) – 29

Deceased (cumulative) – 7

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






September 2002

Photo caption: Bus drivers Derrell John and Sabrina Smith stand next to the new Community Ride buses at Crescent Harbor bus stop, which serves as a transfer point. The two public transportation buses will run two routes, one along Halibut Point Road, the other along Sawmill Creek Road. 


September 1972

 Photo caption: Bill Willis, the new owner-manager of the Dip’n’ Sip in the Triune Building serves up another ice cream cone for a pleased customer. Bill and his wife Dorothy purchased the business from JoAnne Harris. Along with the ice cream treats, sandwiches and soups will be added to the menu.