James (Jim) Sykora was born on October 6, 1935 and went home to be with his Lord and Savior on November 11, 2022. He was one of six children born to Joseph J. Sykora and Ernie D. Fulmer Sykora in Avoca, Texas. He loved his Lord, family, friends and fellow church members. He particularly enjoyed the social group he founded, the ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out), and was especially fond of the many great people he met in the retirement community where he resided, including his dear friend, Joy Willens. Jim was quick witted and always ready with a fun joke. He was known for his kindness and eagerness to help others.
Jim served in the U.S. Army from 1955 To 1957, primarily stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. He was introduced to his wife, Frances who was working as a telephone operator with his sister Jean Sykora Larkin. They married on April 3, 1958 and celebrated 59 years of marriage. Together they had two children, Sharon F. Sykora McCallum and James D. Sykora, Jr.
He spent most of his career in the Banking and Mortgage Loan business, eventually owning his own company, Choice Mortgage, Inc. He was instrumental in developing the DFW Mortgage Brokerage Industry in the 1990’s. His hobbies over the years included hunting, golf, pool, landscaping and gardening. He and Frances were faithful members of Messiah Lutheran Church for over 50 years, where he served as Elder and many other capacities.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, his brother LeRoy Sykora, sister, Yvonne Sykora Hutchins, sister, Ernie Jo Sykora Bishop, and brother, Mark Sykora.
He is survived by his daughter, Sharon Sykora McCallum and her husband Darrell McCallum, son Jim Sykora, Jr. and his wife Robin Kralik Sykora, Grandchildren Meagan McCallum Waggener and husband Scott Waggener, Matt McCallum and wife Amanda Judd McCallum, Emily McCallum Dudensing, and husband Emery Dudensing, Rachel Sykora Meeks and husband Toby Meeks, Ellen Sykora and Julia Sykora, along with great grandchildren Colten and Max McCallum, Weston Waggener, Denton, Emmett and Truett Dudensing, and Toby and Phineas Meeks, as well as his sister, Jean Sykora Larkin, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are joyfully invited to celebrate his life at a visitation at 1:30 pm on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Tx, 75075. Memorial Service to immediately follow at 3:00 pm.
His interment will occur prior to the service at 10:00 am on the morning of November 17, 2022 at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Tx 75211.
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He was a wonderful man and a friend to all. He will be greatly missed.
Uncle Jim was a ray of light in any room! I don’t think I ever saw him with out a smile on his face. He was a gentle soul. He was by my granny’s side day and night in her last few years of life, as the loyal brother that he was. He always said “ she is such a sweetheart.” He was a sweetheart too. Heaven is rejoicing and there is more laughter now that he is living there eternally. Until we see you again <3
My prayers are with you at this sad time.
What a life well-lived; an inspiration to us all. Your legacy lives on vibrantly in your family. My prayers are with the entire family during this concentrated time of grief. Psalm 34:18 <
Uncle Jim was always positive and had a smile on his face. Our family was so privileged to have him as a great relative and uncle!
I feel so blessed to have known and worked with such a wonderful man.
Uncle Jim loved the Lord and his family so much. Iknow he was so proud of Sharon and Jimmy and their families.
He expressed this love through his presence and support. He patiently taught me to tell time when I was very young. Uncle Jim came to my first piano recital when I was five and brought his date Francis. They were both very brave and loving. They married shortly thereafter. It was my first wedding, and he was so handsome and Aunt Francis so beautiful!
Uncle Jim and Aunt Francis continued to love and keep family close and these are the sweet times we shall cherish and remember.
I love and your family. I shall meet you at Jesus feet.
In Christ’s Love
Jim Sykora gave me my first job at Richardson Savings. He was a wonderful man. I have not seen him is about 50 years. He taught me about the business and how to treat others and helped me earn money to go to Boy Scout camp. I am sorry that the world has lost such a Great Man.