Services Set Friday For Jesse Russell Jones, 85

Jesse Russell Jones

Jesse Russell Jones, 85, of Sitka, passed away November 8 peacefully in his sleep. 

Jesse was born on October 16, 1937,  to Samuel and Naomi Jones in Clinton, Missouri. He enjoyed long summers in the countryside until moving to Kansa City, Missouri, where he graduated from Argentine High School in 1955.

After graduating, he entered the United States Air Force and became an airplane mechanic, enjoying international travel and serving his country.

After finishing his service, he followed his older brother, J.C., north to Alaska to pursue a career in the timber industry working as a pipefitter for roughly 25 years at the pulp mill in Sitka where he also served as President of the labor union, Local 962.

In 1973 he met Sandra Kern at his brother Martin’s house in Stockton, California, while on vacation. It was love at first sight for both of them. Jesse and Sandy were married on June 1, 1974, and went on to have two sons, Michael and Scott. They remained married until Sandy’s passing in 2006.

Jesse also was predeceased by his parents and his siblings, James Calvin Jones, Bonnie Jean Waugh, Samuel Preston Jones Jr., and Ada Belle Yarnell.

He is survived by his brother Martin Lee Jones, his sons Michael and Scott, and his greatest joys, his granddaughters Rylen and Athena.

A service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, November 18, at Sitka National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation be made to The American Cancer Society or, if wishing to contribute locally, to consider Brave Heart Volunteers. 

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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)