Donald G. “Pappy” Leiker, 72, Hays, formerly of Victoria, died Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Ellis Good Samaritan Society.
He was born July 27, 1945, in Munjor to Irenus “Shorty” and Alma (Jacobs) Leiker. He was a 1963 graduate of Hays High School.
He married Rose Marie “Rosie” Billinger on May 31, 1971, in Victoria, and they celebrated 34 years of marriage until she preceded him in death Oct. 23, 2005. He worked in the paint department at Oldham Sales for more than 44 years, retiring in 2013. They managed the Victoria VFW Hall. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Vietnam War.
He was a member of the Victoria Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1751 and The Basilica of St. Fidelis.
He was a proud Navy veteran, enjoyed vegetable gardening, and was a fan of the K.C. Royals, K.C. Chiefs, and KU Jayhawks. He enjoyed hunting, spending time with friends, fishing and being with his family.
Survivors include a son, Joe Leiker and wife, Jenny, Hays; a daughter; Melissa Miller and husband, Cliff, Ellis; two brothers, Allen Leiker and wife, Judy, Hays, and Dave Leiker and wife, Jean, Munjor; two sisters, Diane Wellbrock and husband, Wayne, Victoria, and Kathleen Dick and husband, Mike, Russell; and two grandchildren, Lydia Downing and Parker Dixon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a granddaughter, Natasha Leiker.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Basilica, Victoria; burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery with military honors by the U.S. Navy Funeral Detail and Hays VFW Honor Guard.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.
A combined rosary and vigil will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, both at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of HaysMed, the Ellis Good Samaritan Society for the purchase of an automatic door leading to the rose garden, or Masses, in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com.