Obituaries detail

Roy William Fiedler III

1961 - 2023


Roy William Fiedler III, 62, of Kansas City, MO passed away Monday, September 11 in his home surrounded by love and family.


Roy was born in Pittsburgh, PA on June 18, 1961, to Helen (Dewalt) and Roy W. Fiedler, Jr.  The family moved to Vermilion, Ohio where he attended elementary and high school.  After graduating, Roy attended Kent State University, but had to leave for medical reasons.  Undeterred after surgery to remove one of his kidneys, he then attended Bowling Green State University.  He left college to pursue his true calling in retail, fashion, and sales.


Roy married Lisa Panebianco and they had two sons, Jonathan (Jay) and Nicholas, remaining in the idyllic town of Vermilion on Lake Erie.  He became Commodore of the Vermilion Boat Club, doubling the size of its retail shop and revenue for the Club.  Employed by Dillard’s as a Buyer, he traveled to Kansas City to manage his Austin Reed account.  After his divorce and recruitment by Kansas City Dillard’s, Roy made the permanent move, eventually landing his dream job at Eileen Fisher and working his way to National Brands Manager.  He met Mike Sykes February 19, 2004, marrying on October 22, 2016.  Mike and Roy shared their love of travel to Aruba and Ft. Myers Beach, their love of friends often inviting the lonely or alone for dinner and holidays, and their love of fashion and retail.  Roy loved to work as evidenced by his yearly calendar he left on his desk, each day filled with one of his three jobs he currently held through the end of the year, including traveling for Eileen Fisher, catering for Brancato’s and serving at Chiefs games and concerts for PerCup.  After losing a friend to AIDS, Roy became passionate about and raising money for the AIDS Walk every year in Kansas City.


Roy is survived by his husband, James (Mike) Michael Sykes of Kansas City, his parents, Helen and Roy Fiedler, Jr. of Vermilion, OH, sons Jay Fiedler (Amy Simcik) of Pittsburgh, PA, and Nicholas Fiedler (Dee) of Vermilion, OH, stepdaughters Kristina Smith of Spring Hill, KS, Taylor Brown (Blake) of Spring Hill, KS and Lauren Groth (Andy) of Eagle, WI.


“Papa Roy” leaves his adoring step-grandchildren, Taiven Smith, Evelyn, Emmery and Layken Brown.  “Uncle Roy” will be missed by many nieces and nephews, especially nephew, Gavin Sykes, who he spent a good deal of time mentoring.  “Mister Roy” leaves the neighbor children longing for his big smile, booming voice, and plaid pajama pants. Roy’s larger than life presence due to his passion, purpose, and persistence, will leave a huge void in the hearts of his loving husband, extended family, countless friends, co-workers, and neighbors.


To honor Roy, a Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 pm, Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at Resurrection Brookside, 5144 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64112.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Roy’s passion of fighting AIDS and cancer at  AIDS Walk Kansas City 2023 , 816.931.0959 and The Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute Research Fund, St. Luke’s Foundation, 901 E. 104th St., Ste 100 South, Kansas City, MO 64131 or online at


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Celebration of Life
Resurrection Brookside
5144 Oak Street
Kansas City
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Date of Service:
Oct 03, 2023
Time of Service:
2:00 pm
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Meredith DeNoon Sep 17, 2023

Friend ,Shawnee ,Kansas

Mike & family we are sending so much love your way! Roy was such an amazing person and will be truly missed! Please give Eddie extra love and treats from me! Mere (your U-Wash family)

Colin Andrew McDonald Sep 25, 2023

Neighbor ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Hey always was so nice to everyone around him and always treated me well.

Stephanie Kerr Sep 29, 2023

Coworker ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Roy, was such a fantastic person, his personality and conversation was always fun! He will definitely be missed. My condolences To Mike and their families.