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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...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Stefan Argiriu - München

“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...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: Mark Jones - Coworker

“I am so saddened for your loss. Knowing Brian was truly a gift. Heaven has gained a kind and loving soul. ”
3 of 28 | Posted by: Melinda Diaz - Ankeny, IA

“I'm so very sorry for your loss. ”
4 of 28 | Posted by: Shellie Kettelkamp (Diaz) - IA

“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...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Mark Rinehart - Friend

“Sykes family,I work with Brian at Topcon. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers to your family. ”
6 of 28 | Posted by: Joel Frost - Houston, TX - Friend

“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...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: David Hilbig - Coworker

“Jim and Rachel,Perhaps we understand more than most your pain at this time. Thinking of you and your family.Paul and Joyce JonesB ”
8 of 28 | Posted by: Paul and Joyce Jones - Ankeny, IA

“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...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Paul Mills - Teacher

“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...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Steve Johnson

“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...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: Diana Durlam - Ankeny, IA

“Jim & Rachel - I'm so sorry for your loss. Rita McMullen ”
12 of 28 | Posted by: Rita McMullen - Ankeny, IA

“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...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Gail Sykes - Clive, IA

“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 ”
14 of 28 | Posted by: Curt and Lynne Albright - IA

“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,...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Scott Hartgrave - Lebanon, TN

“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,...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: Matt Kohler - CO - Coworker

“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 &...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Beverly Hartgrave - Louisburg, KS

“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,...Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Jana Sykes - Ankeny, IA - Family

“You will be missed by many Brian but remembered forever by your loved ones. ”
19 of 28 | Posted by: Rex Nelsen - Goodyear, AZ

“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...Read More »
20 of 28 | Posted by: Doug and Tami Fulton - Bondurant, IA

“Gina and Family, I'm so sorry to hear about Brian's passing.Mrs. Kaufman ”
21 of 28 | Posted by: Tammy Kaufman - Ames, IA

“GinaThe 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...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: Alan Sharp - Superior, CO

“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...Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: John Ross - Chicago, IL - Family

“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...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Dave & Michelle Doty - Knoxville, IA

“Gina ,Praying for Peace in the hearts of you and your boys. Thinking of you. ”
25 of 28 | Posted by: Kristin Wendl( Arts) - Johnston

“To a loving father, and friend. ”
26 of 28 | Posted by: Jacob Sykes - Bondurant, IA

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss! Praying for your family. ”
27 of 28 | Posted by: Karen Miller - Bondurant, IA

“Sorry for your loss. A real shock and so young. ”
28 of 28 | Posted by: Delmar Nelson - Goodyear, AZ


Brian James Sykes, 49, of Bondurant, Iowa, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on December 26th, 2020. He was born June 2, 1971 to James Sykes (Gayle) and Rachel Sykes in Estherville, Iowa.

He is survived by his parents; his beloved wife, Gina; sons, Jake, Cael, Caden, and Joshua; siblings, Justin (Jana) Sykes, and Stephanie Sykes-Comas (Angel); nephews, Christopher, Samuel and Isaiah; niece, CeCe; grandmother, Lorene Templeman; father-in-law, Thomas Gift; sister-in-law, Michelle Sajovec (Lexi(Beau) VanderSluis, and Tori Sajovec); brother-in-law, Tucker (Anne) Gift (Chelsey, Bradey, and Tommy); and sister-in-law, Kristy House (Dustin, Dillon, Ricky, Madison, Skylar, Rachel).

He was preceded in death by his older brother, Christopher; mother-in-law, Donna Gift; and his grandparents, Clifford and Blanche Sykes, and Wayne Templeman.

Brian was a graduate of Iowa State University. He was a follower of Christ, a brilliant writer, and he actively pursued his love of learning. He also loved sports, deer hunting, and competitive Jiu-Jitsu. Besides his family, Brian's greatest passion was mentoring young football players and coaching his sons. His inviting personality drew people to him, and he did not know a stranger. He had a heart for giving and was always there for his friends in need. His greatest honor in life was being a husband and a father. Brian will be lovingly missed by the entire family and his many friends, near and far.

Service will be held at Heartland Assembly in Ankeny, Iowa, on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with a visitation following the service.