Bob Nouwens Dies in Oregon; Former Sitka Resident was 87

Bob Nouwens

Former Sitka resident Bob Nouwens passed away on August 31, 2021, in Bandon, Oregon, at the age of 87.

Bob was born March 28, 1934, in Bogor, Indonesia. After World War II, the family returned to The Netherlands. In 1959, Bob moved to Portland, Oregon, and in 1967 came to Sitka, where he was a shift electrician at Alaska Lumber and Pulp Co.

He also was active in the Sitka Volunteer Fire Department.

Life took on more color and purpose after he married his second wife, Esther, in 1982. A glorious love was the main ingredient of their marriage, which lasted for some 34 years.

After Esther passed away in October 2016, Bob’s life took a turn and became more colorless and without personal joy.

His home was in Port Orford, Oregon, at the time of his death.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Karen (Nouwens) Marquis of Anchorage, and a number of grandchildren and a few great-grandchildren.


Donations in Bob’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (  and the Guide Dogs for the Blind (

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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 Tuesday: 2,414

Total statewide – 167,008

Total (cumulative) deaths – 953

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,311

Current Hospitalizations – 81

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 130 new COVID cases in the past 7 days. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 7

Cases in last 7 days – 130

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,467

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.