Scotty Legere

Died: Sun., Jun. 30, 2013


Family to do services at later date


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Scotty Leroy Legere, age 74, of Hays, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013 at Hays Medical Center. He was born October 25, 1938 to Louis and Leta (Beghtol) Legere in Hill City, Kan., the 9th of 10 children.  He was raised on a farm near Hill City.  He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, dad, and grandpa, and also for his smile and amazing sense of humor.

Scotty graduated high school in 1957 after playing many pranks in the halls of Hill City High School.  He attended Fort Hays State University for one year before joining the Army.  He served for 17 months as part of a traveling Army football team that played base teams across Europe.  He was able to see much of the world as part of that team.

The day he returned from service he met the love of his life, Elizabeth Lynn (White) Legere.  They were married 5 months later on December 7, 1963.  To the union were born three children, Shawn, Stacy and Kami.  Family always came first for Scotty and he was happy when everyone gathered at his home.

Scotty and Libby farmed near Hill City for the first few years of marriage while also working for Kansas Power Company.  In 1968, he became a Kansas Highway Patrolman and the family moved to Greensburg.  During his time with the Patrol he served as an instructor for the Highway Patrol Academy in Salina.  Many of the patrolmen who went through the academy never forgot him (and all the push-ups and running they did) and kept in touch.  In 1976, he was promoted to Sergeant and the family moved to Hoisington.  He wore his uniform with pride and served the Patrol with honor.

In 1981 a career change to farm and ranch real estate brought the family to Hays where Scotty joined Legere Auction and Realty, Bel Air Realty, and most recently Farm & Ranch Realty of Colby.  He was known throughout the real estate world for his integrity and honesty.  He loved serving those he worked with and made friends wherever he went.

He loved being a grandfather and whenever one of his grandchildren spilled milk or made a mess he would always say “I did that once when I was a kid,” which led his granddaughter Arin to comment, “Grandpa must have been a handful when he was little!”  He was constantly pulling pranks and making jokes, right up to his last day.  He always wanted to know how you were doing and never talked about himself (except to say he was always “doing awesome”).  His love of animals was lifelong, especially with his Golden Retriever, Jesse.

He will forever be cherished by his best friend and wife of 50 years, Libby, and his beloved family, Shawn and wife Leigh and children Chase and Miles, Overland Park, Stacy and husband Patrick Toepfer, Hays, and children Quin, Arin, Owen, Ashtyn and Emma, and Kami Legere, Madison, Miss., and children Drew and Parker.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Don, Bob, Jon Larry, and sister Mary Ann Littlejohn.  And survived by brothers George, Clair, Major, and sisters Jane Jansen and Joyce Legere.

A special thanks to the wonderful care and support provided by Dr. Fields, Dr. Abuerreish, Dianna Staley, and all of the exceptional oncology nurses at Hays Medical Center.

For those who would like to offer a memorial, please consider the new Hays dog park, the Humane Society, or the HMC Cancer Center and can be sent in care of Brock's North Hill Chapel 2509 Vine Hays, KS. 67601.

In lieu of funeral services, a “celebration of life” gathering will be held at a later date. 

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David Crotchett
   Posted Mon July 01, 2013
It is with great sadness that I've learned of the passing of Scottie Legere. Scotty was a rare gem on this earth, and he would be missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting and befriending Scotty.

David B. Crotchett, Captain
Kansas Highway Patrol, Retired

David Hornbaker - Topeka
   Posted Mon July 01, 2013
My sincere condolences to Libby, children and family of Scotty. Scotty and I, along with 28 others, joined the Kansas Highway Patrol on Nov. 1, 1968. Ironically just eight years later he was promoted and became my Sergeant in Barton county. I will always remember the good times we spent 'working the road' together. "282 to 297. May you rest in Peace my friend."
David

Edna Hansen
   Posted Mon July 01, 2013
So sorry to hear about Scottie. He is truly doing awesome. I have missed his wonderful smile when I am at the gym. Have fond memories of us doing deep water class. Sending prayers.

Kameo Smith
   Posted Tue July 02, 2013
My condolences to the family. I knew Scotty through Farm & Ranch Realty when he would visit the Appraiser office here in Hill City. So enjoyed his pranks, smile, and awesome outlook on life. He still makes me smile that I could always pull a prank on him with my rubber snake. He is truly inspirational.

Bob and Bev Lowen
   Posted Tue July 02, 2013
It is with great sadness to hear that we lost our good friend Scotty. He and Libby guided Bev to Little Rock for some similar cancer treatment in '04 and we've stayed indepted to our friends for their care and concern. Scotty was in our prayers all these years and surely is resting more comfortably today. Libby and family we know you will miss this tower of strength but remember with fondness all the wonderful times you shared with him. Looking forward to the "Celebration of Life."

Shelley Edwards
   Posted Tue July 02, 2013
To Shawn and family: So very sad to hear about your father's passing. It's always been so obvious how much he meant to you and your family. We've all enjoyed hearing the great stories about your father's values, strength, and humor. His love and spirit will forever be with each of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Shelley, Dale, Haley, and Cole Edwards

Tony and Sarah Herman
   Posted Tue July 02, 2013
What a great guy Scotty was. He touched the lifes of so many people. We always enjoyed visiting with Scotty and Libby. What an awesome guy and good friend.

Jack Legere
   Posted Tue July 02, 2013
Uncle Scotty will be dearly missed. He definately showed us all how to enjoy the lighter side of life! The memories are many and bring smiles.

Kelly Flaska
   Posted Tue July 02, 2013
Scotty will be so dearly missed, but has left such a bright spot in mine and so many others lives. I feel blessed to have known him and only hope that I can look at life the way he did, by "doing awesome" regardless of the circumstances. He was truly an inspiration! My thoughts, prayers and love are with your family.

Terry & Darla Hanks
   Posted Tue July 02, 2013
So sorry to hear of Scotty's passing. Terry knew Scotty when they were both in law enforcement in the late 70's in Barton County. Terry has some great memories of Scotty. Darla got acquainted with Scotty through his real estate adventures. Scotty always had such a positive attitude. He will be missed. We send our deepest sympathy.

Mike Aylward, Jr.
   Posted Wed July 03, 2013
Thoughts & prayers to the entire family. So sorry for your loss; he was a good man.

Diane Reece
   Posted Wed July 03, 2013
I was sorry to hear about Mr. Legere. I will always remember him in his Highway Patrol uniform and smiling. Quite impressive to a 3rd grade girl. :)
Prayers for you, Stacy, and all of Scotty's family.
Diane (Kraft) Reece

Jeff Hertel
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
What a super nice guy! Scotty was always a pleasure to visit with, he will be missed by many. Blessings to Scotty and his family.

Carol Rome
   Posted Thu July 11, 2013
I would like to express my condolences to Scotty Legeres' wife Libby and family. He was the auctioneer for my son Jarretts' benefit....and did an amazing job. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.


Melissa Bollig Morgan
   Posted Thu July 18, 2013
To Kami and Family: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember Scotty from High School. Looking back I always remember his smile, the admiration you had for him, the love shared between him and Libby. He had such a strong presence. I hope the strength he passed on to you helps you through this difficult time. Please know you and your family our in my thoughts.

Stuart Elliott
   Posted Thu July 18, 2013
I still have such fond memories of how he made each day brighter and left no question that he knew exactly the right thing to do while serving the Patrol at the Academy and on the highway. He set an example for others to aspire in their careers. Thank you for sharing him with us.
Stuart Elliott, KHP Retired

Tracy Pribbenow
   Posted Thu August 01, 2013
Sincere sympathies and prayers to the entire Legere family from the Pribbenow family.

Jeff Good
   Posted Tue September 10, 2013
To Kami & members of the Legere family--I was saddened to hear the news. Will be thinking of you during this difficult time.

--Jeff

Angee (Andersen) Morgan
   Posted Wed October 09, 2013
Libby:
So sorry to hear about Scotty. You and Scotty were always so good to me and I have never forgotten how special and loved you made me feel. May you be comforted by your wonderful memories together. Love, Angee

Bruce and Bobbi Miles
   Posted Sun March 02, 2014
To the family of Doc Grimes,
We are so sorry for your loss.
Doc Grimes was a kind-hearted good man, and we are honored to have been able to know him.
Our hearts go out to you.
Sincerely,
Bruce and Bobbi Miles

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