Walter R. Leiker, 83

Published 12:13 pm Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Walter R. Leiker, 83 of Austin, Minn., formerly of San Diego, Calif., died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Sacred Heart Care Center, Austin, Minn. after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Walter Leiker

Walter Leiker

Walter Raymond Leiker was born on March 17, 1929, at Ellis, Kan., to Alex and Rosa (Unrein) Leiker; he was the youngest of 10 children. He graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in San Diego, Calif., and received a BBA from National University. Walter was a gas turbine design engineer for 36 years with Solar Turbines, Inc., retiring in 1985. After retirement, he worked at Northrop Grumman Corp. for five years as a design engineer.

He was preceded in death by his parents Alex P. and Rosa Leiker, ex-wife Betty Leiker, daughter Beth Leiker, brothers Aloysius Leiker, Joseph Leiker, Father Alexander Leiker, Nicholas Leiker, August Leiker, William Leiker, Anthony Leiker and his sister Eleanor Iwankovitsch.

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Walter is survived by his daughter, Kim Peterson and her husband Wayne of Dexter, Minn.; son: Steve Leiker and his wife Dee of Somerset, Calif.; grandchildren: Chelsie Peterson of Dexter, Minn., Erin Leiker of Burbank, Calif., and Colin Leiker of Chico, Calif.; brother: Rudolph Leiker and his wife Joyce of San Diego, Calif.; nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Jim Steffes officiating. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is assisting with arrangements.