Goodbyes to be Said For Greg Thrush On Nov. 17

Greg Thrush

Family, friends, fans and others who knew him are invited to attend a graveside service at Sitka National Cemetery at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 17, for Thomas Gregory Thrush, mostly (affectionally, lovingly) known as Greg.  He will be laid to rest with his infant son, Alexander Vaughn Thrush.

A celebration of his life will be held immediately after the service at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Greg passed away very unexpectedly on November 1 in Ketchikan. 

Greg is the husband of Kelli (Parrish) Thrush, father to Kyle Gillian, Tiffany (Gillian) Pickrell and Sean Thrush.

Some of his greatest joys in life, if not the greatest, are his grandchildren: Haddi Jo Pickrell, Bella Sue Gillian, Jaina Raine Pickrell, Gabriel Thomas Gillian, Eleazar Vaughn Pickrell, Ezra Gregory Thrush and Sweet Vivian Mae Thrush, who will all miss Umpah greatly.

Greg started his USCG military career aboard the Cutter Woodrush in Sitka and went on to retire almost 30 years later from the Cutter Nashon based in Ketchikan. At the time of his death, he worked for Alaska Airlines in Ketchikan.

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At a Glance

(updated 11-29-22)

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 Tuesday, November 29.

New cases as of Tuesday: 414

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 286,561

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,399

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 4,195

Case Rate per 100,000 – 56.8

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 – 70.40

Cases in last 7 days – 6

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,173

Hospitalizations (to date) – 31

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






December 2002

 Alaska Native Sisterhood will hold a Christmas bazaar Dec. 7 at the ANB Hall. Isabella’s famous clam chowder and fry bread also will be for sale.



December 1972

Photo caption: Presbyterian women of today wear costumes from 1877-1899 at Sunday’s service. From left are Alice Postell, Dorothy Streit, Gladys Whitmore, Carrie Maura, Harriet Hannigan, Eugenie Williams, Esther Littlefield, Isabel Miller, Marilyn Ryan, Esther Billman, Beverly Scholz, Gertie Zeiger, Marcia Strand and Betty Stratton. (Photo by Martin Strand)