James John Leiker, 84, Hays, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at Hays Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 20, 1934, in Hays to John Francis and Philomena (Rupp) Leiker.
He married Sherry Ann (Ellis) on Sept. 24, 1960, in Hays. He grew up in Munjor and attended St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and was an altar server for many years.
He was an agronomy technician at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center in Hays. He started working at the Research Center in his early teens years and returned in the mid 1960’s and was there for over 40 years, and retired in 2009. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Kansas National Guard. He lived in Colorado Springs, Colo., for a few years and worked at Duckwall’s and Seven-Eleven before returning back to Hays.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons, Jason Leiker and wife, Julie, Logan, Utah, Danny Leiker and wife, Jana, Parkville, Mo.; a daughter, Cindy Harwood and husband, Dale, Hays; a sister, Margaret Walters, Topeka; six grandchildren, Dorene Thompson, Dylan Leiker, Lauren Leiker, Aidan Leiker, Zane Leiker and Chloe Leiker; two great-grandchildren, Jace Dorsey-Harwood and Ryan James Thompson; two sisters-in-laws, Bessie Leiker, Hays, and Betty Leiker, Broken Arrow, Okla.; extended family; a brother-in-law, Norman Befort, Denver; sister-in-law, Barb Graham, Loveland, Colo.; his special family friends, Loren and Connie Haselhorst, and Austin and Adrianna Haselhorst, all of Hays; and a number of nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers, Clarence, Victor, Richard, Maurice, Lawrence, Leonard and Robert Leiker; and a sister, Grace Schmidt.
A private family inurnment will be held at a later date in St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, Munjor. Memorials are suggested to Masses or St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Munjor.
Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS67601, is in charge of arrangements.
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