In Memory of Philip P. Sykes

Philip P. Sykes
Philip P. Sykes
Born: February 15, 1927
Died: November 14, 2017
Age: 90
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Philip P. Sykes
February 15, 1927 - November 14, 2017
From: Ida Grove, IA

Philip P. Sykes, age 90, of Ida Grove, IA, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at the Mercy Medical Center of Sioux City, Iowa.

A Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, November 20, 2017 at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Private Graveside Service will be held in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. Pastor Keith Hair will officiate. Military Rites will be conducted by McNamara-Moore Post No. 61 of the American Legion of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

   Philip P. Sykes, the son of Arcellus and Edith (Percival) Sykes, was born on February 15, 1927, in Ida Grove, IA. Philip grew up on the family farm south of Ida Grove and attended Ida Grove Public Schools and graduated with the class of 1945.

   Philip was drafted into the United States Army on January 10, 1946. He was stationed overseas in Japan after WWII and held the rank of Staff Sergeant. Philip was honorably discharged from the United States Army on April 20, 1947.

   Philip returned home to Ida Grove where he started farming with his father and brother Charles. On December 5, 1970, Philip was united into marriage to Gloria Clark from Arthur, IA, in the Trinity Lutheran Church of Odebolt, IA. The couple made their home on a farm south of Ida Grove, and was blessed with three children: Jeremy, Louisa, and Rebecca.

   Philip retired from farming in the early 1980’s and the family moved into town in 1989.  Philip went to work for the United States Post Office in Ida Grove, where he worked for 22 years before retiring in 2009.

  Philip was a faithful member of the Bread of Life Faith Center of Ida Grove. He enjoyed attending and being active in his church. Philip also was part of the local men’s breakfast club going to breakfast every morning with the guys and enjoying a warm cup of coffee in the afternoon. Philip’s joy in life was spending time with his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.

   Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 46 years, Gloria Sykes of Ida Grove, IA; children Jeremy (Jennifer) Sykes of Jenks, OK; Louisa (Chad) VonAhnen of Overland Park, KS and Rebecca (Michael) Carroll of Woodbury, MN; eight grandchildren: Jayda, Julia, and Joshua Sykes, Lauryn, Bennett, and Bryce VonAhnen, and Ryan and Logan Carroll; sister Alice Jean Young of Stuart, FL; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

   Philip was preceded in death by his parents Arcellus and Edith Sykes; granddaughter Jordyn Sykes; brothers Robert (Pearle) Sykes and Charles (Lois) Sykes; and one sister in infancy Mary Jane Sykes.


Private Graveside


Pastor Keith Hair


Dennis Sykes
Tom Gorum
Corey Bremer
Mike Carroll
Chad VonAhnen
Bennett VonAhnen
Bryce VonAhnen
Joshua Sykes


4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Monday, November 20, 2017
Christensen - Van Houten
Funeral Homes
Ida Grove, Iowa


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa

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


Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 4:18 PM
“Sorry for your loss. ”
- Bobbi Mefferd Stocks
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 10:17 AM
“Gloria....thinking of you as I just heard of Philip's passing. May you find comfort in the Lord's loving arms as you step into these days ahead. I'm sure cherished memories will be held close by your entire family. With sympathy, Deb Thompson”
- Deb Witte Thompson
Monday, November 20, 2017 at 10:38 AM
“So sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. He was such a thoughtful person. Prayers go out to your family at this time.
Alden and Beverly Backhaus”
- Alden and Beverly Backhaus
Monday, November 20, 2017 at 10:38 AM
“Gloria, Jeremy, Louisa and Rebecca, Scott and I send our love and most heartfelt sympathy for your loss. It is certainly heaven's gain. We are holding you close in thought and prayer during this time. "Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted." Matthew 5:4
Scott and Bonnie Erickson
- Scott and Bonnie Erickson
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:24 PM
“Gloria and family... sincere condolences to you for the loss of Phillip... he was part of that very special family that were SO good to my Mom and Dad... their friendship was always something that they cherished... My sympathy extended to you for the loss of Phil... ”
- Mareta Vermeys
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 10:56 AM
“Gloria and family
Sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around your family through these difficult times.”
- Chris Wunschel
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 8:43 PM
“Louisa, I am so sorry about your dad's passing. I am glad that you were able to be there with your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Pam Palermo
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 8:43 PM
“Gloria and family you have my deepest sympathy in your loss. I will miss seeing Phil bringing the left over pizza from Pizza Hut to the Community Basket to help feed the less fortunate May God keep you all in his loving arms”
- Marilyn Skaren
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 8:43 PM
“All of us at the Post Office loved Phil. He made going to work fun and always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. I will keep all of your family in my prayers. God bless you all”
- Pam Woebke
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 3:59 PM
“Louisa and family- I am so sorry for your loss. Treasure your memories! Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if you need anything. Take care of yourself.”
- Kim Barney
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 11:34 AM
“My fondest memories of Uncle Philip are times spent on the farm when I was just a kid always under foot and more trouble than I was worth I'm sure. I'll always remember him saying "when you get big enough to be of any help around here we'll never see you again" and even though he was right you guys are always in our thoughts and we talk about you all the time. Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences for all of your family, from all of ours.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Richard and Caroline Sykes--Scappoose, Oregon”
- Richard Sykes
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 9:33 AM
“Jeremy & family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Kimberly Johnson Moser
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