December 29, 1933
October 7, 2020
Edward Harold Leiker, 86, of Brenham, Texas passed away quietly in his home on October 7, 2020. Ed was born in Gorham, Kansas to Daniel and Hilda Leiker on December 29, 1933. Ed was the 6th born child of 12 children. Preceding him in death, are his parents, Daniel and Hilda Leiker, his wife of 30 years, Joan A. Leiker, Brothers and sisters, Mary Leiker, Doris Robl, Dan Leiker, Fred Leiker, Tom Leiker, Kathryn Wright and Kenny Leiker.
Ed is survived by his loving family, daughter, Catherine Mahlmann, son, Ed J. Leiker, grandson, Everett Mahlmann, granddaughter, Samantha Mahlmann, brother and sister-in-law, Don and Mary Leiker, brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Linda Leiker, brother and sister-in-law, Gib and Joyce Leiker, sister and brother-in-law, Hilda and Tom Blackburn, numerous nieces and nephews and Melvin and Missy.
Ed attended school in rural Kansas and graduated from Bushton High School and went to work for Jay Hawk Drilling Company as a dozer operator. This was the beginning of his long and deeply satisfying career in the oil patch.
On October 31, 1952 Ed proudly enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served his country in the Korean war and earned the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Ribbon, United Nations Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal. During his service he reached a rank of Corporal and was a rifle coach. He was honorably discharged on October 30, 1960.
Upon returning to civilian life, Ed went back to work in the oil patch for Sunray DX (Sunco). While working in Pratt, Kansas Ed met the love of his life, Joan A. Roser. They were married on July 15, 1963. They remained married until her passing in 1993. Ed’s career in the oil patch took him and his family from Kansas to Oklahoma to Louisiana and finally to Texas where he and Joan bought their little piece of heaven. Ed’s travels for his career took him to Pakistan, Brazil and Venezuela. He retired many times and had more comebacks than The Rolling Stones. He finally retired for good at the age of 74.
During his actual retirement, Ed enjoyed working on his farm, feeding his cows and playing with his 2 guard dogs, Melvin and Missy who always seemed to interrupt any phone conversation he was having by barking at someone driving into the place or nothing at all.
Private graveside services will be held at Prairie Lea Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations can be made to help find a cure for ALS.