Leeker's grocery store founder remembered for his generosity

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A community is remembering a local grocery store founder for his community service and generosity.

"He was just a very good man," said James Strunk, customer. "He helped this community and as far as I'm concerned, he's a saint."

On Sunday night, John Leeker passed away at the age of 88. He leaves behind his wife, Dorothy, 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

One of those grandchildren posted on the Facebook page for Leeker's Family Foods. It said the following:

At 9:15 last night, something happened that I always thought was impossible. We lost one of the best men there has ever been. On a personal note, I lost my hero and role model. I think the most important thing he instilled in me, besides walking fast and working as long as it takes to reach goals, is that family comes first. No matter how hectic and chaotic the work week was, Sunday was always our day with Grandpa. I will never forget him and will spend my life trying to be half the man he was.

Leeker's founded the business in 1958. The grocery stores had a presence in Wichita, Haysville, Valley Center and Park City. The only one remaining is at 6223 North Broadway in Park City.

One of his employees described the business success.

"Through hard work and dedication, pricing, doing everything right, customer service. That would be John's big thing. John was always big on customer service and all that kind of stuff," said Andy Kraus, store manager.

A rosary will be on Thursday at 10 a.m. and the funeral will follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church, 3030 North Amidon in Wichita.

To view the obituary, click here.