Leroy Joseph “Gomer” Billinger, 75, Victoria, died Sunday, July 30, 2017, at Trego Manor Nursing Home WaKeeney.
He was born March 5, 1942, in Hays to Edmund J. and Marie E. (Bode) Billinger.
He worked at Linenberger’s Body Shop in Victoria before going to Vincent Motors in Russell for 10 years. He also helped his brother at Don Billinger’s Body Shop in Victoria for a few years. He worked at Fort Hays State University as a custodian for 20 year and retired in 2000. While at FHSU, he was in charge of flying the flags at the college and received a commendation from Senator Robert Dole for his 20 years of service in honor of the U.S. Flag.
He was member of The Basilica of St. Fidelis, 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus and 4th Degree Assembly Knights of Columbus, all of Victoria.
Survivors include a brother, Donald Billinger and wife, Kathy, Trinidad, Colo.; three sisters, Joyce Dinkel and husband, Henry, Hays, Jeanette Schmidt and husband, Ernie, Cummings, Ga., and Linda Stochl and husband, Michael, Benton; a brother-in-law, Donald “Pappy” Leiker, Hays; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Rose Marie “Rosie” Leiker; a niece, Anna Billinger; and a great-niece, Natasha Leiker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at The Basilica of St. Fidelis, Victoria; burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601 and from 11 to 1 p.m. Thursday, at The Basilica. The 4th Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.
A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday followed by a 3rd and 4th Degree rosary, both at the mortuary. Memorials are suggested to the Trego Manor Nursing Home, Hospice Services Inc., or St. Fidelis Cemetery, in care of the mortuary.
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