February 18, 1940 ~ August 15, 2011
Riverton, Wyoming
Age: 71 years, 5 months, 27 days

2:00 PM Friday, August 19, 2011
Ballard Funeral Home, Cody, Wyoming
Jerry Lanchbury, Officiating
Special Music
“Angels Among Us”, Alabama
“If You Could See Where I Am”, Tammy Poley
“Here For a Good Time”, George Strait

Riverside Cemetery, Cody, Wyoming
Oddfellows of Wyoming, Committal Service
Cody V.F.W. Post 2673, Military Honors
Brady Poley ~ Ken Poley ~ Chad Poley
Dave Ballinger ~ Rob Schmidt ~ Mark Cozzens

Riverton, WY – Kenneth E. “Kenny” Sykes, 71, died Monday, August 15, 2011 at the Riverton Memorial Hospital in Riverton, WY.

Kenneth E. “Kenny” Sykes, the son of Victor and Georgia (Hogan) Sykes was born February 18, 1940 in Stanford, MT. He graduated from Powell High School in 1958. After high school, Kenny enlisted in the U.S. Army and serving during the Korean Conflict.

In 1976, Kenny was united in marriage with Marla J. McCumber in Cody, WY. Kenny drove truck for most of his working life. In most recent years, he truly enjoyed his co-workers, customers, and employment as a greeter at Wal-Mart in both Cody, WY and Riverton, WY. Marla died May 3, 1997.

Kenny was a very active member of all the branches of the Oddfellows and the V.F.W.

Grateful for having shared his life are Kenny’s partner, Nancy Schmidt of Riverton; his daughters, Jeanne (David) Ballinger of Cody, Barb (Ken) Poley of Cody; many grandchildren, including Jericho Brown of Mesa, AZ, Wade Brown of Rochester, NY, Stacey Bush of Laramie, WY, Scott Ballinger of Cody, Brady Poley of Cody, Chad Poley of Cody; many great-grandchildren; two sisters, Agnes Phelander, Ruby (Rex) Cozzens of Cowley, WY; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marla; and son, James Strom.

The family invites you to look at Kenny’s Facebook page (Ken Sykes) to see all of the wonderful wishes posted.


Teddy Bear

A Little over stuffed, perfect for hugging
A button smile than never frowned
You could drag him anywhere with never a complaint
You could tell him anything, and he would never judge
As the years moved on and his seams showed wear
And as our worlds went in different directions
I still knew in my heart, he was there for me
Loving life, family and friends!!

He Only Takes The Best

God saw that he was getting weak
And a cure was not to be
So, He put his arm around him
And whispered, “Come With Me”
With tearful eyes we watched him
suffer, and saw him fading away.
Although we loved him dearly,
We couldn’t make him stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands are at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove
He only takes the best.


Born: February 18, 1940
Place of Birth: Stanford, MT
Death: August 15, 2011
Place of Death: Riverton, WY


Funeral Service

Friday August 19, 2011, 2:00 PM at Ballard Funeral Home
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