Sydney Gaylord Knox

March 17, 1947December 31, 2018

Sydney Gaylord Knox, 71 of Litchfield Park Arizona, passed away on December 31, 2018 of complications from Parkinson’s Disease.

Sydney was born March 17, 1947 in Phoenix Arizona. He served in the US Army and was a Vietnam Veteran.

He was a loving husband, brother, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 53 years Shirley Knox, his sister Marion Rouse (Tom Rouse), his brother Jerry Knox (Helen Knox) his daughters Shelly Knox (John Wallick), Stacy Farmer (JD Farmer) and his five grandchildren; Logan Wallick, Jessica Farmer, Zachary Wallick, Chloe Farmer, and Jacob Farmer. His is preceded in death by his sister Helen Allen (Bill Allen). He loved his family deeply and will be forever in our hearts.

A visitation will be held on January 6, 2019 from 2pm- 4pm at Resthaven/ Carr-Tenney Mortuary & Memorial Gardens 4310 E Southern Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85042


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Sunday, January 6, 2019
  • Burial Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Sydney Gaylord Knox

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Gerald Knox

January 6, 2019

Syd was my big brother. We didn't have a lot of money but we had access to dad's tools and lots of scrap lumber. We made toy trucks and cars using 2X4 blocks, toy guns and various other things that would come to mind. We used long boards and saw horses to make see-saws; and we used sets of rollers that were made to move lumber to make a small rollercoaster. Those were the easy days when dad was alive.

When dad passed away and mom was sick, I had to depend on my older siblings to get by. Syd had to step up and be my mentor as well as my brother; and he did. I could talk to him about anything. Often, it was no big deal and he would say so.

Syd continued making things, a Tesla Coil for physics class, machined a complete gasoline engine in machine shop, made black gunpowder on his own, among other things.

Syd went into the Army after high school, married Shirley, the only girl he ever loved, did a tour in Vietnam, and came home when his enlistment was up. He eventually built the house where he and Shirley raised their children. There is more to say, but not enough room here. needless to say, I always looked up to him