In Memory of Charles Wm. Sykes

Charles Wm. Sykes
Charles Wm. Sykes
Born: May 29, 1925
Died: March 25, 2016
Age: 90
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Charles Wm. Sykes
May 29, 1925 - March 25, 2016
From: Ida Grove, IA

Charles William Sykes, 90, of Ida Grove passed away on Friday, March 25, 2016, at Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek, Iowa.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove. The Rev. Richard A. Salcido will officiate. Committal services will be held at a later date in the Ida Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove. Condolences may be sent online to

Charles William Sykes was born on May 29, 1925, in Ida Grove, Iowa, to Arcellus and Edith L (Percival) Sykes. He attended school in Ida Grove, and joined the Air National Guard unit in Sioux City, Iowa, and was later drafted by the United States Air Force. Charles served as a Military Air Policeman from 1950 to 1953 during the Korean conflict and returned from the service to join the family farm.

Charles met Lois Muckey and the couple were united into marriage on Feb. 13, 1955, in St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, where they continued to be lifelong members. The couple were blessed with three children, Karen, Dennis and Diane. Charles and Lois spent most of their married life farming south of Ida Grove. They enjoyed raising crops and cattle before retiring to Ida Grove in 2011.

Charles enjoyed restoring his beloved 1929 Model A Ford car, driving it in parades and giving rides to his friends and family. He had a love of horses and took great pride in restoring a buggy, sleigh and wagon and training his horses to pull them. He also enjoyed collecting antiques with his wife. Charles and Lois loved traveling during the winter months to places like Hawaii, Colorado, Florida, Texas and Las Vegas and oftentimes met up with friends and family.

Charles' greatest joy was visiting with his family and friends, working outdoors on the farm that he so loved and taking his wife dancing with friends on Saturday nights.

Left to treasure his memory is his loving wife of 61 years, Lois Sykes; children, Karen (Tom) Gorum of Omaha, Dennis (Sandy) Sykes of Ida Grove, and Diane (Corey) Bremer of Ida Grove; grandchildren, Tommy, Jennifer (Kyle), Sarah (Mike), Melissa (Aaron), Camron (Mallory) and Kirstyn (Jonny); great-grandchildren, Lily, Zoey, Jamison, Ariana, Dylan, Connor, Leah, Decklan and Lyrik; brother, Philp (Gloria) Sykes of Ida Grove; sister, Alice Jean Young and Tom Ryan of Stuart, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Sykes; sister, Mary Jane Sykes; and grandson, Andrew Sykes.

He will be lovingly missed by his family and many friends.


10 :30 a.m., Wednesday,
March 30, 2016

St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa

Military Rites:
McNamara-Moore Post No. 61
of the American Legion
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Richard A. Salcido


Greg Young
Donald Young Jr.
Kyle Rohlk
Randy Rohlk
Jeremy Sykes
Robert Paulsen


6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Geraldine Dankert, Organist

Congregational Hymns:
"Amazing Grace"
"The Old Rugged Cross"
"On Eagle's Wings"


At A Later Date

Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Monday, April 4, 2016 at 8:53 AM
“So sorry for your loss, Diane and family. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Valarie Wonder
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 3:31 PM
“Rest in Peace Charles. I'll always remember the card parties and dances with my folks and their friends. Charles was always such a happy man. I know he will be missed on earth, but welcomed into Heaven. I'm sure my Dad will be there to greet him. God Bless”
- Deb (Johnson) Reeves
Monday, March 28, 2016 at 4:15 PM
“Sykes family, My sympathy to your whole family. We were friends for many years. May your memories help you through the sad times. Prayers for you all. One day at a time. Hugs. ”
- Shirley Ruser
Monday, March 28, 2016 at 10:58 AM
“Lou and my thoughts and prayers are with the family. Charles was a fine man, and we enjoyed family reunions with him in Ida Grove.”
- Harlan Sykes Pinkerton, Jr.
Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 3:45 PM
“I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this time.”
- Bobbi Stocks
Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 3:45 PM
“Oh my... sorry to hear this... My Mom is going to miss seeing him... She tried to talk to him daily... She worked for the Sykes family for years... So they go back a long way... Lois will also be lost without him... but I hope she finds comfort in the Lord... It's hard... My sympathy to all... Mareta”
- Mareta Vermeys (Schau)
Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 3:45 PM
“I am so sorry for the loss of Charles. I was a cousin, as Charles and Lois were part of my extended family. Alice was my grandmother, and my great grandmother. ”
- A
Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 9:25 AM
“So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers to you all. What a joyful Easter for him in Heaven. ”
- Marilyn Dose
Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 9:24 AM
“So sorry to hear that Charles passed away. Our sympathy is with the family at this time. Now he is at rest.”
- Dennis and Angela Goodman
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