William Sykes Obituary

William L. Sykes
William Sykes
William L. Sykes

July 4, 1922 - March 3, 2006
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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William (Bill) L. Sykes, of Urbandale, died March 3 of lung cancer at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 7 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Urbandale. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m., March 6 at Westover Funeral Home.

Bill was born July 4, 1922 in Boston to David and Elizabeth (Sutcliffe) Sykes. His childhood was spent in Massachusetts and he enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school. He served on the submarine U.S.S. Archerfish during World War II and, in later years, was active in the U.S. Submarine Veterans of WWII. After the war, he moved to Des Moines to attend Drake University. He graduated from Drake with a degree in accounting and began work at Farm Bureau. He retired in 1984 from Allied Insurance after a long, successful career.

Bill met Ruth E. Harrison at the V.A. Hospital in Des Moines and they married in 1951. After the birth of their third child they moved to Urbandale in 1959. Bill was active in civic service and served as treasurer for the Urbandale School Board and as a member of the Urbandale Sanitary Sewer Board. In recognition of his service, he was honored as Urbandale’s Citizen of the Year by the local newspaper. Bill and Ruth were avid golfers and charter members of the Urbandale Golf and Country Club. Bill served as club president in 1971, but was most proud of winning the club golf championship in 1978. He enjoyed reading, sports of all kinds and breakfast gatherings with friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife Ruth, son Dave, and his special friend Margaret Johnson. He is survived by his daughters, Sue Sykes Berry of Kansas City and Sandy (Tim) Cooney of Des Moines; grandchildren, Scott Berry of Kansas City, Sarah (Ron) Kepple of Urbandale, and Bill Cooney of Des Moines; and, great-grandchildren, Hailey and Samantha Kepple of Urbandale. Bill will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and will be missed greatly by his family and many friends. The family suggests memorials be made to Mercy Hospice or St. Stephen Lutheran Church.

Arrangements by Iles Funeral Homes ~ Westover Chapel.




Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Monday, March 6, 2006
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
St. Stephen Lutheran Church
3510 - 72nd Street
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Tuesday, March 7, 2006
1:00 PM


Mercy Hospice
5820 Winwood Drive
Johnston, IA US 50131
St. Stephen Lutheran Church
3510 72nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50322