James Joel Sikora, age 79, born in Chicago, IL, and a resident of Albuquerque since 1972, reached his “heavenly” mountaintop on July 16, 2020 when he passed away after a 30-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rita Jean Sikora, three children, James John Sikora (Kelly Franz), Lauriann Marie King (Christopher King), Joel Patrick Sikora (Susanne Sikora) and seven grandchildren, Sarah King, Sean King, Catherine Sikora, Jim Sikora, Hanna Sikora, Ella Sikora, and Emmy Sikora.
Jim was an avid mountain climber and cared deeply about the environment. He was a long-time member of the Sierra Club, often bringing trash bags and cleaning the foothills of the Sandia Mountains on his walks. He left a legacy of love for the outdoors climbing mountains and camping with his wife and family in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Texas.
He was an Army veteran and worked his entire career at the BDM Corporation and was a Fellow of Military Operations Research Society. The Chinese Cultural Center was a big part of his life, where he had many close friends, and practiced Tai Chi for years. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation in his honor.
A mass will be held at St. John XXIII on July 24, 2020 at 10:00 am. The church has a capacity for 75 people and face coverings are REQUIRED. We will be streaming the services on Reflections/Salazar Mortuary Facebook page. The mass will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. MST.
Jim will be deeply missed by his friends and family, but his love and spirit will live on.
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