Condolence & Memory Journal

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   January 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 this already. I would like to share that you should also know that Brian was all about his family. I think every conversation or interaction there was discussion about family, activities, achievement or something upcoming. He spoke highly of all of you. Brian was a positive to talk to or to learn from.
Sorry for your loss.

Posted by Mark Jones - Coworker   January 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   January 03, 2021

I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Shellie Kettelkamp (Diaz) - Iowa City, IA - Classmate   January 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 dunk a basketball in a high school game. Playing at Iowa State then heading to California in a RV with Donnie and coming back looking like Hulk Hogan. Then our work life started together in May 2006. I remember thinking why are we were hiring an English major for a technology job, but he also had the nerdy programming side as well. I pulled up Brian’s work review from 2007 and under Cooperation it stated, “Brian is very willing to help others and put in the extra time to help customers. He is very eager to help his fellow employees and support his customers. He is also increasing his relationships with customers throughout the state, as well as other Trimble dealers and personnel”. I think this sums up Brian very well. Nicest guy in the world that would help anyone. I miss the Thanksgivings we used to share together, Ziegler Christmas parties and hearing about the boys growing up. Ran into Brian a few years ago at the airport and could not believe that Jake was picking him up. Much love to all of you. His memories will be with us forever.

Posted by Mark Rinehart - Friend   January 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   December 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   December 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   December 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   December 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    December 30, 2020

Rachel, we were so sorry to hear about Brian's passing. I remember him as a nice kid at Elkhart Elementary to a loving father at Bondurant. Hopefully, all the great memories will bring your family comfort and peace.

Posted by Diana Durlam - Ankeny, IA - Friend   December 30, 2020

Jim & Rachel - I'm so sorry for your loss. Rita McMullen

Posted by Rita McMullen - Ankeny, IA - Friend   December 30, 2020

Dear Jim, Gayle and family,
Allen and I were shocked to hear about Brian. We are sending our love and prayers to you. Our deepest sympathy at this difficult time goes out to all the family. We are keeping you in our hearts and our prayers Wonderful memories will one day replace the sadness you're all feeling now.
With love,
Allen and Gail Zagoren

Posted by Gail Sykes - Clive, IA - Family Friend   December 30, 2020

Jim and Rachel. We are so sorry to learn of Brian's passing. We will keep him and your family in our prayers. With love Curt and Lynne Albright

Posted by Curt and Lynne Albright - Johnston, IA - Friend   December 30, 2020

Jim, Rachel, Justin, Stephanie, Gina and so many more - I want to send my love, respect and prayers to all of you right now! Time separates us all, but memories are never leave us!! I have so many from Alleman Estates growing up with your family! It was always a good time! Brian was always blast!! ❤ We both followed to Ankeny!! Love you all!! Yes, time and distance, sever ties, but never changes hearts!! Love you!!! ❤❤❤

Posted by Scott Hartgrave - Lebanon, TN - Friend   December 29, 2020

Gina and Boys,

I was shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. The past three years working with Brian was truly an inspiration. His passion, creativity, dedication and knowledge were unparalleled. On behalf of Topcon, please accept our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Posted by Matt Kohler - CO - Coworker   December 29, 2020

Heart felt sorrow for Jim and Rachel who I knew from Alleman. Sorry that Brian left the earth but know he is welcome with many hugs in heaven ❤

Posted by Beverly Hartgrave - Louisburg, KS - Friend   December 29, 2020

To Gina and the boys. I am so sorry for your loss. Brian is a "force." Gina Brian loves you fiercely. Brian loves family fiercely. Such a goof ball, a man of many talents. Thinking of you and the boys.

Posted by Jana Sykes - Ankeny, IA - Family   December 29, 2020

You will be missed by many Brian but remembered forever by your loved ones.

Posted by Rex Nelsen - Goodyear, AZ - Acquaintance   December 29, 2020

Gina and the boys,
We were so sad to hear the news of Brian's passing. We have so many great memories of the old neighborhood and our biggest loss from moving was all of the great neighbors we had including your family. Our kids loved biking down your cul-de-sac, there was always so much activity in the area. I want to leave you with one memory that makes me smile about Brian - Do you remember his old red Chevy pickup? Do you remember that for a while he kept a female mannequin in the passenger seat? Made me laugh every time I saw it.

Brian was such an interesting guy - whenever we saw each other at a school event or whatever he always took the time to say hello and catch up a little bit.

Your family will be in our prayers, we are just down the road if you need anything.

Doug and Tami

Posted by Doug and Tami Fulton - Bondurant, IA - Friend   December 29, 2020

Gina and Family, I'm so sorry to hear about Brian's passing.
Mrs. Kaufman

Posted by Tammy Kaufman - Ames, IA - Teacher   December 29, 2020

The entire Trimble family are shocked to hear this sad news, I had lost touch with Brian since he left Trimble but consider him and you as real friends. I remember great times when he was a colleague and he will be sadly missed by many. We hope that you and the kids get through this, please reach out any time to any of us (Myself, Logan, Morgan, Ole Martin, Brad if you need someone to talk to


Posted by Alan Sharp - Superior, CO - Friend   December 29, 2020

Gina, I am so very sorry. I've always had such great memories of Brian. My heart goes out to you, your children and the entire Sykes family. My continual prayers for all of you.

Posted by John Ross - Chicago, IL - Family   December 29, 2020

We are so sorry to hear the news. We didn't want to believe it. We appreciated Brian & still appreciate Gina, the friendship and mentoring you have given to our son as well as us when we came to watch his activities. You were so welcoming and including. Our hearts break for you. May the PEACE that passes all understanding envelope you in the days, weeks, years to come.

Posted by Dave & Michelle Doty - Knoxville, IA - Acquaintance   December 29, 2020

Gina ,
Praying for Peace in the hearts of you and your boys. Thinking of you.

Posted by Kristin Wendl( Arts) - Johnston - Classmate   December 28, 2020

To a loving father, and friend.

Posted by Jacob Sykes - Bondurant, IA - Family Friend   December 28, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of your loss! Praying for your family.

Posted by Karen Miller - Bondurant, IA - Acquaintance   December 28, 2020

Sorry for your loss. A real shock and so young.

Posted by Delmar Nelson - Goodyear, AZ - Friend   December 28, 2020