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Larry Edward Sikes

Sikes-1Larry Edward Sikes, age 73 of Silver City, New Mexico died Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Fort Bayard Medical Center. He was born August 21, 1941 to Lee and Iva Mae Sikes in Mena, Arkansas.

Larry served as a sergeant in the United States Army during the Vietnam War where he developed many special bonds with his fellow soldiers. He received the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He was a long time employee of Rust Tractor Caterpillar working in Albuquerque, Gallup and Silver City, New Mexico. He also worked at Mastercraft Metals for several years after he retired from Rust. Larry enjoyed car racing all of his life, from dirt track racing when he was young to watching NASCAR. He also enjoyed tinkering with cars, lawnmowers, or anything with an engine. Larry was a loving husband, son, father, grandfather and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

Larry is survived by his wife of 32 years, Ginger Thomas Sikes of Silver City; his mother, Iva Mae Sikes of Mena, Arkansas; four children, Tyra Hobson and husband Mark of Mena, Mitch Sikes and wife Sherri of Mena, Wes Monday and wife Paula of Calnevari, Nevada, Lisa Brand and husband Eric of Silver City; his grandchildren, Kris, Wade, and Race Hobson, Reagan and Lauren Sikes, Anelle Brand and Shelby Monday; his brother-in-law, Arville Busch of Mena; nephews Bryant Busch and wife Ellen and Bruce Busch and wife Susan of Mena; also he is survived by many loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and great friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lee Sikes; his sisters, Virginia Busch and Mildred Sikes. A small family Celebration of Life was held on Monday, January 19, 2015 in Silver City, New Mexico. To send condolences, visit www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com.

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