He was born October 20, 1934, in Hays, Kansas to John Francis and Philomena (Rupp) Leiker. He married Sherry Ann (Ellis) on September 24, 1960, in Hays, Kansas.
He was an Agronomy Technician at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center in Hays, Kansas. 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.
James grew up in Munjor, Kansas, he attended St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and was an altar server for many years. He was in the US Army and served in the Kansas National Guard. He lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado for a few years and worked at Duckwall’s and Seven-Eleven before returning back to Hays, Kansas.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry Leiker, of the home; two sons, Jason Leiker and wife, Julie, Logan, UT; Danny Leiker and wife, Jana, Parkville, MO; one daughter, Cindy Harwood and husband, Dale, Hays, KS; 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; one sister, Margaret Walters, Topeka, KS; two sisters-in-laws, Bessie Leiker, Hays, KS; and Betty Leiker, Broken Arrow, OK; his extended family, brother-in-law, Norman Befort, Denver, CO; and sister-in-law, Barb Graham, Loveland, CO; and his special family friends, Loren and Connie Haselhorst, and Austin and Adrianna Haselhorst, all of Hays, KS; 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 one sister, Grace Schmidt.
A private family inurnment will be held at a later date at the St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery Munjor, Kansas. The family suggests memorials and masses to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Munjor, Kansas.
Services are entrusted to Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas 67601.
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