Kenneth P. “Ken” Leiker

Kenneth P. “Ken” Leiker, 75, Hays, died Monday, March 15, 2021, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born Oct. 20, 1945, in Hays to Leo A. and Angela (Klaus) Leiker.  

He married Darlene Agnes Lang on May 8, 1965, in Victoria, and they celebrated 55 years of marriage. He was an oilfield technician and for 36 years worked for Knighton Oil Company and then worked for Hertel Contract Pumping.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and St. Anthony Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 4166.

He was a weather spotter, enjoyed farming and raising cattle, had a gentle nature with all God’s creation and was a patient man. He was an excellent chef and liked German food and baking pies.  He was a talented woodworker and craftsman, enjoyed working with leather, he was a jack-of-all-trades, master of none.  His family was special to him and he enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife,  Hays; a son, Troy Leiker, House Springs, Mo.; a daughter, Connie Werth and husband ,Vincent Werth, Jr., Hays, three brother, LaVern Leiker, Great Bent, Reinhold “Ronnie” Leiker and wife, Diana,  and Art Leiker and wife, Marilyn, all of Hays; two sisters, Erma Dinges and husband, Jim and Norine Leiker, all of Hays; three grandchildren, RaeLynn Werth, Cheyenna Leiker, and Chance Leiker; two great-grandchildren, Emma Rose and Aliza Jane Leiker, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Herbert and Erwin “Erv” Leiker.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria.  

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.

A vigil service will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary, both at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of HaysMed, the Cancer Council of Ellis County, or Masses in care of the funeral home,.

Condolences can be sent to the family at  

Posted online on March 16, 2021