Melvia Jane Leiker

Melvia Jane Leiker, 79, Hays, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at her home.

She was born Aug. 22, 1941, in Hays to Ben M. and Agnes Louise (Younger) Rupp.  

She married Donald W. Leiker on June 3, 1961, in Hays and they celebrated 52 years of marriage before he preceded her in death June 16, 2013.  She worked at Wiesner’s Department Store, cleaned the Romme Real Estate Building, was a homemaker and a gifted seamstress.  

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Daughters of Isabella Circle No. 254.

She enjoyed sewing, cooking, camping at the lake, and spending time at their home in Pfeifer.  She had a sense of humor,  feisty, had tremendous faith, and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include two sons, Curtis J. Leiker and Kyle A. Leiker and wife, Melissa, all of Hays; a sister-in-law, Viola “Ollie” Rupp, Hays; three nephews, Bernie Rupp, Vernon Rupp, and Mitch Leiker; a niece, Ruth Dreher; four grandchildren, Kaysha Weigel and husband, Chris, Christy, Cole, and Clay Leiker; and seven great- grandchildren, Kali, Emersyn, Danika, Brantlee, Ryder, and Kylie Leiker, and Kaisley Weigel.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Kala Marie Augustine; a brother, Charles M. Rupp; a sister, Diana “Dottie” Windholz; a brother-in-law, Delmar Windholz; and a niece, Deborah Ann Marie “Debbie” Rupp.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 9 :45 a.m.  Wednesday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.

A vigil and Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of HaysMed in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family at

Posted online on February 04, 2021