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Arthur Edward Sykes - Obituary

     Arthur Edward SYKES, Jr. Age 91, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 18, of complications after a fall at his home July 17th. Art was born Dec. 16, 1918 in Portland, Oregon to Arthur E. and Mina Emma Sykes. He grew up in West Seattle and graduated from West Seattle High in 1935. Then, to the University of Washington, he earned a BA degree in Accounting, Economics and Geography. While at the UW, he enrolled in ROTC.
     On July 2, 1941 he married Cleo Bernice Watts. A year later, during WWII, he began active duty and served four years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After the war, he returned home to Seattle to begin a family. They purchased their first home in Wallingford; they moved to Ballard in 1953.
     Art worked his entire professional career at American Mail Line, which became American President Lines. He began as an accountant and worked his way into an executive position. He retired from APL in 1979.
     Art & Cleo traveled Europe several times, Eastern Canada, and all of America. His favorite vacation spots were on the Oregon Coast from Lincoln City to Depot Bay.
     He is survived by wife Cleo, daughter Pam and husband Larry McGeath, son Jim and wife Cheryl Sykes. He has five grandchildren, Jodi & Chris Hallum, Cristi & Lance Dayton, Carrie & Laik Kazala, Lindsay Sykes, and David Sykes. He enjoyed five great grandchildren, Libby & Paige Dayton, Kail & Cole Kazala, and Avery Christine Hallum. All of which he claimed are the "greatest." Internment is at Washelli Cemetery, Seattle. Remembrances are suggested to the Ballard Food Bank 5130 Leary Ave. NW, Seattle 98107.

Published in The Seattle Times on August 22, 2010

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