Erwin “Erv” Leiker, 81, Great Bend, died May 24, 2015, at his home. He was born Feb. 6, 1934, in Hays the son of Leo and Angela (Klaus) Leiker. On Nov. 8, 1958, he married Janet Grace Burgardt in Pfeifer. She died May 6, 2000. He was a retired oilfield worker and was a Hays High School graduate.
Mr. Leiker was a U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean War. He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Great Bend, the Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion. He was a loving father and grandfather, and was very kindhearted and ornery. He loved fishing, polka music, the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs, and KU athletics.
Survivors include two sons, David Leiker and wife Theresa of Great Bend, and Gary Leiker and wife Lisa of Weir; three daughters, Deborah Leiker of Great Bend, Diane Weaver and husband Kirk of Wichita, and Becky Tymiak and husband Terry of Regina, Saskatchewan Canada; four brothers, LaVern Leiker of Great Bend, Ronnie Leiker and wife Diana of Hays, Kenneth Leiker and wife Darlene of Council Grove, and Art Leiker and wife Marilyn of Hays; two sisters Erma Dinges and husband Jim of Schoenchen, and Norine Leiker of Hays; a sister-in-law, Bernetha Leiker of Hays; seven grandchildren, Nathan McDermott, Nicole Donnelly, Amanda McDermott, Jessica Jarvis and husband Richard, Andrew McDermott and wife Christine, Derek Ervin and wife Amanda, and Kaitlyn Leiker; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Herbert Leiker; a son-in-law, Dan Ervin; a grandson, Daniel Ervin; and a sister-in-law, June Leiker.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 29, at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pfeifer. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday and from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Friday, all at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home. A parish vigil service and rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, or to the Red Cross, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home*
1906 Pine Street
Hays, KS 67601
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, May 27, 2015