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I met Brian often during my times with him at Trimble. He is a person that I won't forget in my life and it was a shock to hear the message. I will light a candle for you and continue to have your positive spirit in me!
Your Einfaltspinsel friend from Germany.


Posted by: Stefan Argiriu - München - Coworker   Jan 08, 2021

To the Sykes family, I want to firstly say I am sorry for your loss. Brian was a great conversationalist. I don't think there were any quick or rushed conversations, with Brian. Brian had the time to talk about whatever the given topic was. Working with Brian, i will share that he was very knowledgeable about the space he worked within, he had a deep and energized understanding of what he was working on. I am sure you all know

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Posted by: Mark Jones - Coworker   Jan 04, 2021

I am so saddened for your loss. Knowing Brian was truly a gift. Heaven has gained a kind and loving soul.


Posted by: Melinda Diaz - Ankeny, IA - classmate   Jan 03, 2021

I'm so very sorry for your loss.


Posted by: Shellie Kettelkamp (Diaz) - Iowa City, IA - Classmate   Jan 02, 2021

Sykes Family,

It was very tragic hearing of Brian’s passing. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I have so many memories of spending time with all of you. I have known Brian for close to 30 years. I still remember when you moved to Ankeny. Justin and I were on the same football team, I thought your name was pronounced “Skyies”, and Brian started his dominance of Ankeny sports. I think he was the first person I saw

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Posted by: Mark Rinehart - Friend   Jan 02, 2021

Sykes family,
I work with Brian at Topcon. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers to your family.


Posted by: Joel Frost - Houston, TX - Friend   Dec 31, 2020

I am truly sorry and deeply saddened to hear of Brian’s passing. I worked with Brian closely for several months when he first came to work for Topcon. Brian was extremely kind and was very proud of his family. We discussed our love of football and he always spoke of his joy of teaching football and all the life skills it had for to offer. He was a great man. God Bless.

David Hilbig


Posted by: David Hilbig - Coworker   Dec 31, 2020

Jim and Rachel,

Perhaps we understand more than most your pain at this time. Thinking of you and your family.

Paul and Joyce JonesB


Posted by: Paul and Joyce Jones - Ankeny, IA - Family Friend   Dec 30, 2020

Gina and boys,
I am writing a note of sympathy at the news of Brian's passing. I remember him as always friendly and smiling. We all had many positive interactions during the years the boys were in school and it was always good to see Brian (and Gina) at school. We also had the pleasure of seeing each other when I was visiting at Larry and Mary's house. God bless everyone....Brian will be remembered always.


Posted by: Paul Mills - Teacher   Dec 30, 2020

Jim, I am so very sorry for your loss. Words in no way can make sense out of this tragedy. 1Cor 12:9. God's grace is sufficient and his power is made perfect in our weakness. Please know that your work family hurts for you and your family. There is nothing we wouldn't do to help you. May God bless you now and always.


Posted by: Steve Johnson    Dec 30, 2020