Walter Wehling, 86, Dies; Owned Wehl Built Boats

Walter Wehling


Walter Wehling, 86, of Englewood, Florida, passed away peacefully June 5, 2021, at home, with his wife Elaine and daughter Lynda at his side.

Walter was owner of Wehl Built Boats in Sitka, and serviced them here and in Fairbanks for many years, in the 1990s and into the 2000s.

Walter was born September 1934 to  Effie Partridge and Bill Felton of Buffalo, New York.

He lived a full and fulfilling life and had many adventures. He had boundless energy, everyone was his friend, and he had the gift of gab, his family said.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Arthur and Leslie, and sisters, Lynette and Ethel.

Surviving are his wife Elaine of 33 years; children Gary Wehling of Arcadia, Florida, Dawn Wehling of Englewood, Lynda Lee (Michael) of Seattle, Washington, Debra Martin (Jack) of Apopka, Florida, Kennith Wehling of Apopka, and Damon Wehling (Athena) and Ty Wehling, both of Nenana, Alaska.

Walter and Elaine enjoyed time with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Grandchildren are Nicole and Kyle, Cassie and Chris of Apopka; and Kerry, Megan, Jessie and Logan of Fairbanks.

Great-grandchildren are Damon, Kylie, Elaina, Ophelia, Clarisse, Miloh and William, James, Rodney and Lewis.

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At a Glance

(updated 1-12-22)

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 11:55 am Wednesday.

New cases as of Friday: 2,512

Total statewide – 172,329

Total (cumulative) deaths – 955

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,337

Current Hospitalizations – 103

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 153 new COVID cases in the past 7 days. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 34

Cases in last 7 days – 153

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,531

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.





January 2002

Classified ads, Rentals: 3-bdrm. house on the beach. $900; 3-bdrm duplex, washer/dryer $945; Great downtown house, 2 bdrms., 2 baths, furnished,
W/D, hardwood floors $850; 2-bdrm. roomy apartment $945..


January 1972

The City and Borough Assembly Tuesday approved an ordinance establishing a transportation committee to advise the assembly and promote transportation services for the municipality. Members are Cecil McClain, Ray Mabey, Clarence Kramer,
Dick Cushing and Burt Hansen.