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Dennis William Sykes, 75, of Centralia passed away Sunday, February 18, 2024, at his home surrounded by family. 

Family and friends are invited to Dennis’ Life Celebration 11:00 AM Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Fenton- Kendrick Funeral Home, burial with full military honors will follow in the Centralia City Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 PM Friday, February 23, 2024, at the funeral home. 

Dennis was born on March 24, 1948, in Kirksville, the son of Chester and Eveline (Strait) Sykes. 

Dennis graduated from Knox County High School, then served his country in the United States Army. Dennis was a Vietnam veteran. 

After returning from the service, Dennis married Lynda Parsons on January 31, 1970, in Kenna, WV, and she survives of the home. 

Along with his wife, Lynda, Dennis is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Tidball and husband Kevin of Columbia, Kristen Hulen and husband Phil of Centralia; grandchildren, Allison Schmersahl and husband Alex of Centralia, Claire Vitale and husband Jake of Mexico, McKinley Hulen of Ohio, Lila Tidball of Columbia, Tatum Hulen of Centralia, Londyn Tidball of Columbia, Layla Tidball of Columbia; great-grandchildren, Adley Schmersahl, and Jasper Vitale; siblings, Larry Sykes and wife Kay, Marty Sykes and wife Brenda; sisters-in-law, Jane Jividen, Jeanie Parsons, Linda Parsons, and Shirley McMahon; brother-in-law, Delmas Sargent; his special companion, Harper his beloved dog. 

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Angela Sykes. 

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Centralia where he served many years as a deacon, a member of the Centralia VFW Post 6276, and of the Cacti Association, a group of his fellow Vietnam Veterans. Dennis was a very proud Veteran, and truly loved his country. 

Dennis enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his ATV around town and in parades, going to his coffee group at Prengers. He was very social, never meeting a stranger. 

Dennis loved the outdoors, going to the beach, but especially enjoyed working in his yard. 

His greatest joy was spending time with his family, truly cherishing his time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Memorial donations are suggested to the Centralia VFW Post 6276 and may be sent in care of Fenton-Kendrick Funeral Home, 104 S. Collier St. Centralia, MO 65240. 

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