John Joseph Leeker – Downing and Lahey
John Joseph Leeker
Date of Death: October 6, 2019
James and Caroline Peoples
DOROTHY AND JOE SCOTT ,WICHITA,KS
Cody Stapleford
Robert Bowman
Mary Jinkaway
David and Kay Dalrymple
Kelly Tarpley (Connell)
Amy Tucker
Nancy Whitehouse
Mike & Kathy Miller
Tena Stephenson
daniel jackson
Light a Candle
Rosary
St. Jude Catholic Church
3130 N. Amidon
Wichita, KS 67204
Thursday 10/10, 10:00 am
Visitation
Downing & Lahey Mortuary West
10515 West Maple
Wichita, KS 67209
Tuesday 10/8, 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Downing & Lahey Mortuary West
10515 West Maple
Wichita, KS 67209
Wednesday 10/9, 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Funeral Mass
St. Jude Catholic Church
3130 N. Amidon
Wichita, KS 67204
Thursday 10/10, 10:30 am

John Joseph Leeker, 88, retired owner of Leeker’s Family Foods, passed away Sunday, October 6, 2019. Public Viewing, 3 pm – 9 pm, Tuesday, October 8 and 8am – 9pm, Wednesday, October 9, both at Downing & Lahey Mortuary West; Rosary, 10:00 a.m.; Funeral Mass, 10:30 a.m., both Thursday, October 10, at St. Jude Catholic …
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James and Caroline Peoples left a message on October 14, 2019:
So sorry to hear of John's passing. He had a caring heart and was always helping the Park City community. Condolences to his family.
I left a message on October 14, 2019:
John Leeker was a superb grocer and an outstanding individual. We first became customers at his store at 35th and North Arkansas Avenue in 1958. We quickly learned that every employee in the store would not only speak to us, but would actually lead us to find whatever we might be looking for. John quickly learned the names of all our family, including my wife's parents and her sister and brother-in-law. John always greeted everyone by name and with cheerful, helpful comments. We were not surprised that his business did well, as he became owner-operator of a several stores. In 1967, we moved to Lawrence so that I could become a full-time graduate student at KU. John kept in touch through my wife's parents, who were loyal Leeker customers. On one return trip to Wichita, we encountered John and his wife at a local restaurant. He greeted us warmly, as usual. Then, out of the blue, offered to loan us money if we needed assistance so I could complete my graduate studies to become a full-time faculty member at WSU. Evidently, he had learned of our financial difficulties in going to graduate school full time with a wife and two adolescent children. As it turned out, we did not have to borrow money at that time, but John's offer was a sincere gesture that we have never forgotten. In later years, my mother-in-law died, and my father-n-law Frank Haines continued to shop alone at Leeker's store in Park City. John always greeted Mr. Haines warmly and would invariably give him a hand-written note entitling him to a free meal from the deli. That simple gesture was always the bright spot in the day of a lonely widower. Our family is indebted to John for his genuine unselfish concern for Mr. Haines and others. We were truly blessed to have known him and to have received his generosity. Condolences and Blessings to his family. Bill and Marlene Wentz
DOROTHY AND JOE SCOTT ,WICHITA,KS left a message on October 10, 2019:
In memory of John Joseph Leeker, DOROTHY AND JOE SCOTT ,WICHITA,KS lit a candle
Cody Stapleford left a message on October 10, 2019:
Sorry to here this he was a great man
DONNITA PELSER left a message on October 10, 2019:
I had the pleasure of meeting John many times while shopping at Leekers. He was always friendly and thanked me for shopping there. His customer service standard was excellent. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone down on their luck and made donations to many charitable organizations. Rest in peace Mr. Leeker.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Mary Jinkaway left a message on October 10, 2019:
I’m so sorry to the family for your loss. May God be with you in your healing.
Nonie Wilson left a message on October 10, 2019:
Joan and Family I was so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Richard always spoke very highly of him. May God lift you up during this difficult time. Hugs and prayers. Nonie Wilson
Linda Evans left a message on October 9, 2019:
I am so saddened to hear of John's passing. I have all of you in my prayers for comfort. If anyone ever went to Heaven, it was this man! God bless each and every one of you, I must include the Leeker's employees past, and present. I was fortunate to be one of those employees, even though it wasn't for long. John knew that I couldn't handle it health wise. Wonderful man! RIP <3
Toni a kennedy left a message on October 9, 2019:
John was so Caring and truly cared for his customers. My mom went to get fried chicken as she always did on Saturdays. She was waiting while sitting in the electric chair. The chicken wasn't done yet. He told my mom to go ahead and pay for it and go on home,he would have someone bring it the house. What a man. Truly a gentleman and Great ful to have known him. .
Becky (Kirk) Mobley left a message on October 9, 2019:
Thank You Mr. Leeker for serving the City of Park City all these years! Thank You for always being good to the Kirk family! Our condolences to the family.
David and Kay Dalrymple left a message on October 9, 2019:
In memory of John Joseph Leeker, David and Kay Dalrymple lit a candle
David and Kay Dalrymple left a message on October 9, 2019:
We will miss visiting with John at the store!! He always waved us into his office when he was not walking around the floor checking to make sure we had what we needed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all his family. The store family has become ours too!! Thank you John!! Rest in peace!!
Kelly Tarpley (Connell) left a message on October 9, 2019:
He was a wonderful man! My heart is there.
Amy Tucker left a message on October 9, 2019:
John made Leekers amazing! I've lived in this town for most of my life, and that store has always been a go-to! He will be completely missed! Rest in heaven, John. My sincere condolences to the family.
Nancy Whitehouse left a message on October 9, 2019:
In memory of John Joseph Leeker, Nancy Whitehouse lit a candle
Marie Creed Logan left a message on October 9, 2019:
So sorry we lost a great person not many left like him my family knew John. and Dorthy well.as my mother sat with the kids
Wayne Bradburn left a message on October 9, 2019:
So sad to hear of John’s passing. John was a man second only to my father in influencing the direction of my life. Working for John as a teenager in the very early 60’s, he was a teacher. He was a demanding boss but appreciated and rewarded hard work. John was forgiving. I made some doozers of mistakes in my four years but he always forgave them. I remember unloading a truck when a case of ammonia fell, breaking the glass bottles, and I pushed it aside so we could keep unloading the truck – right under the air conditioner intake! The store had to be evacuated! I should have been fired, but John recognized it as an honest mistake and I kept my job, in good standing. John was a caring man. I recall him having us box up orders and deliver them to homebound individuals. John was cheerful man. I think the single biggest error an employee could make was to pass by a customer without greeting them. I was blessed to visit John at the store 50 years after I had left his employment for the Navy, and to express to him my appreciation of his teaching and influence in my life, which he graciously accepted. My prayers for John’s family as we mourn his passing.
Mike & Kathy Miller left a message on October 9, 2019:
In memory of John Joseph Leeker, Mike & Kathy Miller lit a candle
Tena Stephenson left a message on October 9, 2019:
In memory of John Joseph Leeker, Tena Stephenson lit a candle
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
daniel jackson left a message on October 9, 2019:
sorry for your loss my family always liked to shop at Leeker
Donovan Hale left a message on October 9, 2019:
We are sorry to hear of this man's passing. Our memory that will always stay is this: Years ago, I (Kathy-Donovan's wife) would take my Mother to the store. She was battling breast cancer and had heart issues and was struggling. He would go out of his way to talk to her. He had no idea she was so ill. This really made her day to see his contagious smile. I will never forget how nice he was to her.
Sandy (Battles) Blunck left a message on October 9, 2019:
What a loving and giving soul. Will miss his friendly smile.
Debbie Gadbury left a message on October 9, 2019:
My condolences and prayers for the Family! John will be greatly missed and I cherish the memories he gave us all! 🙏🏻
Jennie Gronniger left a message on October 9, 2019:
In memory of John Joseph Leeker, Jennie Gronniger lit a candle
Lisa Fuller left a message on October 9, 2019:
In memory of John Joseph Leeker, Lisa Fuller lit a candle
Craig Chrispens left a message on October 9, 2019:
In memory of John Joseph Leeker, Craig Chrispens lit a candle
Sheryl Hale Reynolds left a message on October 9, 2019:
John was a very nice man always laughing speaking to everyone knew your name and family he knew,all of mine for my years POP HALE ,BOBBY HALE, JACK HALE, CAROLYN RICKETTS & RAY RICKETTS my first job was with john at 33rd and Arkansas he called me little Hale he will be missed RIP JOHN
Vicky PanKratz left a message on October 9, 2019:
So very sorry for your loss. He was a kind man always ready to help at Chisholm Trail Elementary. He will be missed.
Mike Levand left a message on October 8, 2019:
When you walked into Leeker's Grocery Stores, you could sense something was different. Much different. Leeker's represents a time; a throwback...........that hearkens to a time long gone past. A time when the Grocery store was about friendliness, seeing the same cashier checker whom greeted you and knew your name and asked about your parents or family. A time when value, relationships, service with a smile, and good old friendly 'can I help you Mam' echoed throughout the store. Most of those days are long gone now, all in favor of big corporate profits at these "chain grocery stores". Grilling Hot Dogs for the kids on a Saturday was just that at Leeker's. They welcomed the kids. The free hot dogs were not a marketing tool or a tactic to get Mom to come over and spend hard earned money. John Leeker just liked grilling hot dogs for the kids. He could have cared less about using Hot Dogs as a strategic tactic to get Mom into coming over to spend her money. He just wanted to give the kids a Hot-Dog on a hot July day. John Leeker was a man of simple values; a hard days work for a honest paycheck. John still believed in hiring and retaining 'older employees', even if it meant that his payroll expenses were a bit higher than his corporate competitors. I know that John had a wonderful compassion for people less fortunate than him......he hired man of em. John Leeker was a man who wanted to give his customers the best service that they could find. John Leeker was a man who quietly and fiercely took on the Great Corporate Grocery competitors in our city..............and won. John Leeker was a man whom took for your word. You kept your end of the bargain and he kept his. Nothing to worry about at all when you did business with John. When you walk into Leeker's, it is a throwback to a grocery age, that is mostly gone and that we won't see again in this city. BUT, John's legacy, values and ideals will live on in with his grand-son Chris, whom will keep the down home, simplistic feeling of a grocery store alive and well for the decades to come. And then probably some of Chris's boys will one day take over too. You see, Leeker's is a family store. John wanted and kept it that way, and so it will continue on. John Leeker left a great legacy that we can all be proud of. Home-Grown, Home-Owned, Local, decisions made right there in Park City, Kansas. No big Board of Directors or Vice-Presidents of Strategic thinking needed here. Just good old fashioned honesty and value. And that's what John Leeker and America are all about anyway. RIP Sir!
Deborah wilhite left a message on October 8, 2019:
My thoughts and prayers to the family. I knew your dad most of my life.worked for him, remembering when people were stuggling he would say sign the ticket catch up when you can. He was a special man. When he found out he had parkinsons, he asked me questions when I would see him. My husband has it. He would always make a point to come talk to him. You are a special man . Rest in peace.
The Rutschman's left a message on October 8, 2019:
In memory of John Joseph Leeker, The Rutschman's lit a candle
Arlene LaQuey Brown left a message on October 8, 2019:
Mr Leeker was a great person. Always kind to me and helped me out once when I really needed it. He didn’t even think twice. We need more of his kind of person in this world. Because of him I always do one small act of kindness every day. I told him I would pay it forward when he asked and I have. He truly changed the way I look at people and their situations. He will truly be missed. RIP Mr. Leeker.
Michele ryder left a message on October 8, 2019:
In memory of John Joseph Leeker, Michele ryder lit a candle
Ed McIntosh left a message on October 8, 2019:
In memory of John Joseph Leeker, Ed McIntosh lit a candle
Don Honer left a message on October 8, 2019:
Mr. Leeker is a man among men. A child of God and a wonderful neighbor. May God look over his family at this time.
Mindy Arnold caballero left a message on October 8, 2019:
My prayers and love go out to the family John and Dorothy has always been there for my mom Dixie saner And myself John always took care of the people in his life he will be missed
Roberta Guthrie left a message on October 8, 2019:
Grew up in Park City John always had a smile when you see him Mom took all 8 of us kids to Leekers he would always stop and talk to us. He new my Dad always asked how he was doing .Very kind man never forgot who we were after growing up .
Carrie A Taylor left a message on October 8, 2019:
So sorry to the family and friends and coworkers of Mr. Leeker. We have fond memories of him greeting the shoppers at the store in Park City and for several years in a row I took my daughter with special needs to see him play Santa Claus. Our condolences to the family. Carrie and Paul and kids, shoppers at Leekers for 20+ years
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Lisa Brown left a message on October 8, 2019:
Pat and family I am so sorry to hear the loss of John. I pray for comfort and blessings for each of during this time. Lisa Brown
Dennis & Teresa Ulrich left a message on October 8, 2019:
Our thoughts & prayers on the passing of one of the kindest gentlemen that the E.L. Price & Maxine Ulrich families have had the privilege of knowing. Mr Leeker gave generously to the Bridgeport Community and Sherwood Glen Community for many years. We would often chat at length when we met in later years at the 61st street store about the early days at Northgate shopping center. May the memories that linger be those of joy and laughter, and of his great faith and love of family. Love & prayers,
Judy Harbolt left a message on October 8, 2019:
In memory of John Joseph Leeker, Judy Harbolt lit a candle
Downing and Lahey left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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