Michael Darell Sikes (Mike), age 79, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2018. Mike was born April 30, 1939 in Aurora, Missouri.
Mike began his career in the shoe industry cutting shoe patterns right out of high school and remained in the shoe industry until retirement. He worked for several companies including Monroe, Hushpuppy, Sebago and Wolverine. He specialized in shoe design and pattern making, and his expertise took him to several other countries.
One of his most noteworthy accomplishments was designing the boots for the 1976 Winter Olympic Team. He personally hand braided the zipper pulls, and his kids helped attach the brass Olympic clasps on the braids. Mike also enjoyed playing golf.
Mike was proceeded in death by his wife, Judy Sikes, his parents, Joseph Warren Sikes and Jewel Helen Long Sikes, his brothers, Kenneth Warren Sikes and Richard Sikes, and his sister, Carolyn Sue Leffington.
Mike is survived by his daughter, Paige Robinson, his two sons, Tim Sikes (Vicki), and Marty Sikes (Jennifer); Dana Zyskowski (Paul), Jim Black (Bec), Chip Black, and Matt Black (Lindsey); nine grandchildren, Megan Peterson (Rob), Laura Greenwood (Alan), Derek Sikes, Anna Rosenthal (Tyler), Julie Robinson, Tory & Abby Zyskowski, Bella & Charley Black; one great granddaughter, Brighton Greenwood; his sister, Marilyn Phillips; as well as three brothers, Terry Sikes (Kathy), Gary Sikes (Leesa), and Craig Sikes (Debbie).
Cremation arrangements are under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.