A memorial service for Warren Karl Legler, 85, Lawrence will be held on Monday, June 8th at 2:00 pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Private inurnment services for Warren will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery. He passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a brief and sudden illness.
Warren was born April 28, 1930 in Hiawatha, KS the son of Harry Edwin and Elnora (Kruse) Legler.
Dr. Legler received a BS in Physics from KU in 1952. He worked at the Naval Ordnance Test Station (since dubbed the Naval Weapons Center) for ten years. Having taken a year out to attend MIT and receive a Master’s of Science in 1960 (thanks to the Navy’s sponsorship), in 1962 the Leglers moved back to Lawrence. Warren received a Ph.D. from the Electrical Engineering program in the KU School of Engineering in 1969. After teaching at KU and at the KU Medical Center, Warren entered the private sector, spending the bulk of his career as a Product Development Engineer at Allied Signal in Olathe until his retirement in 1995. He has been an active member of the KU community, having served recently on the Advisory Board of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
He married Phyllis Marie Hane May 27, 1952 in Baldwin City, KS. She survives of the home.
He shared his love of learning with his son, Steve Legler [wife Kim] of West De Moines, IA, daughter Kathy Legler Wright [husband Steve] of Baldwin City, KS; eight grandchildren, Ben Legler [wife Julie] of Springfield, MA, Jon Legler of Kansas City, KS, Ian Legler of Tulsa OK, Elspeth Legler Potochnik [husband Tim] of Wichita, Jake Wright [wife Casey] of Baldwin City, KS, Cory Wright [wife Amy] of Baldwin City, KS, Erin Wright Henderson [husband John] of Lawrence, KS, and Josiah Legler of Eugene, OR; and seven great-grandchildren Henry Warren Legler, Elena Avery and Camille Grey Potochnik, Peyton Josephine Wright, Landen Michael Wright, Lillian May and Marie Katherine Henderson.
He was preceded in death by his parent’s Harry Edwin and Elnora Kruse Legler, brother Jean Frederick Legler, and son Michael David Legler.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Immanuel Lutheran Church or a charity of donor’s choice and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.