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JoAnn F. (Ruder) Leiker

January 4, 1941 ~ June 13, 2020 (age 79)


JoAnn Frances Leiker

JoAnn Frances Leiker died Saturday, June 13, 2020, in hospice near her family in Lake Worth, Florida.

She was born Jan. 4, 1941, in Ellis County to Alois and Rosa Ruder. She graduated from Girls Catholic High School in 1959.

She married John H. Leiker Sept. 17, 1960, in Hays. She worked in the Ellis County Courthouse for many years until the family moved to Denver in 1973, where she worked as an accountant and owned her own accounting business.

She was a founding member of Spirit of Christ Catholic Community Church in Arvada. She was the life of the party and loved to travel the world.

She is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, John; three daughters, Jacqualyne Leiker-Worters (Randy Worters); Janelle (Darrell) Downs; and Janine Leiker (Ed Harrison); and three grandchildren, Amber Worters, Jared Downs and Trina Downs.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Merilda Dinges, Esther Ruder and Norine Nemecek; two brothers, Vernon Ruder and Victor Ruder; her in-laws, Henry S. and Regina Leiker, two brothers-in-law, Danny Leiker and Louis Mueggenberg, a sister-in-law, Janet Leiker; a neice, Chelly Schmidt; and two great-nephews, Jason Dinges and Mike Dinges.

There will be a celebration of JoAnn’s life announced by Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hays once it’s safe to travel again. 

Memorials are suggested in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

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