Alexius “Alex” Leiker, 83, Hays, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, at Hays Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 17, 1936, in Liebenthal to Alexander and Christina (Enslinger) Leiker.
He married Betty L. Mermis on Dec. 28, 1959, in Hays, and they celebrated nearly 39 years of marriage before she preceded him in death Oct. 1, 1998. He later married Marilyn (Werth) Klaus on June 30, 2001, in Hays, and they celebrated over 18 years of marriage. He owned and operated Leiker Plumbing, Heating, and Air.
He was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was a member of St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, Hays American Legion Post No.173, Schoenchen Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 4166, and the Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus.
He liked to work, enjoyed tinkering and fixing things, helping his boys when they were in Boy Scouts, and camping and being outdoors.
Survivors include his wife, of the home in Hays; four sons, Curtis Leiker and wife, Davina, Olathe, Wesley Leiker and wife, Jennife, Hays, Todd Leiker, Olathe, and Michael Leiker and wife, Kelly, Hays, two stepsons, Neil Klaus and wife, Sondra, Hays, and Nolan Klaus, Olathe; four brothers, Pete Leiker and wife, Roberta , Wichita, Chris Leiker and wife, Rose, Great Bend, Tony Leiker, Lubbock, Texas, and Linus Leiker, Baldwin City; a sister, Jane Dreiling and husband, Hubert, Kansas City, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Oscar McIntosh, Great Bend; and a sister-in-law, Jan Leiker, Wichita; 14 grandchildren, Matthew Leiker, Bethany Boschert and husband, Ian, Anjel Leiker, Alexis Leiker and husband, Jason Banning, Emily Leiker, Hannah Leiker, Adam Klaus, Amber Klaus, Brett Leiker, Lizzie Leiker, Mackenzie Klaus, Truan Leiker, Nathan Leiker, and Jessica Leiker; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Merwyn Leiker; a sister, Leona McIntosh; a sister and brother-in-law, Anita and Darrell Engel; and two sisters-in-law, Gwen Leiker and Jeannette Leiker.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St.Joseph Cemetery with military honors by the Hays VFW Post No. 9076 Honor Guard.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Thursday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays KS 67601. The Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, a vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by a combined Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus rosary, all at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to St.. Nicholas of Myra building fund or Thomas More Prep-Marian High School in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be sent to at www.haysmemorial.com.