Robert J. Layton Dies; Sitka Resident was 92


Robert Joseph Layton

Robert Joseph Layton, a longtime Sitka resident, died Oct. 2, 2022, at the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer.

Bob was 92 years young, his family said, and lived a happy life in Sitka. A “people” person, he enjoyed talking with family, friends and neighbors, whoever crossed his path, sharing his many stories and entertaining them. He also shared the oatmeal cookies he made using his own secret recipe.

He loved meeting new friends, and volunteering wherever he could help.

Bob was saddened that he didn’t make it back to Sitka to say farewell to all his friends, a family member said. “He tried hard to WILL himself to beat his illness, but each day he grew weaker.”

Bob was born Dec. 20, 1929, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He served first in the U.S. Army and then the U.S. Air Force. He was a building contractor in Alaska, and after he and his wife Midge moved from Anchorage to her hometown, Sitka, he worked at Alaska Lumber & Pulp.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Elks Lodge.

Bob leaves behind a large family in the lower 48 that he loved very much and talked to by phone as often as possible. They include daughters Jae and Joyce in Washington state, son Darrel in California, twin sons Robert and Ron, who live on the east coast, and grandchildren.

He’s also survived by his wife Midge, of Sitka, and sisters-in-law Betty Goldsbury and Josephine Patterson of Sitka and Irene Vadon of Anchorage.

Military services are to be held later at a time to be announced.

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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.






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 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.



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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)