Ken was a starter on the Nanticoke highschool basketball team all four years, helping them win the 1961 State Championship, and played on Pennsylvania's Big 15 basketball team. He accepted a scholarship from George Washington University and graduated in 1966 where he was captain and named All-Southern Conference his senior year. Ken was a teacher and coach in Maine and Virginia until 1982 and was named Coach of the Year in Virginia in 1972. In 2012, Ken was inducted into the Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, Sports Hall of Fame. He retired as vice president at Abitibi Bowater Paper Company in 2008.
Ken and Barbara spent over 47 years together in marriage and love. They met each other at Nanticoke State St. Elementary School, joking about polkas their parents danced to. They raised their children in Millinocket, Maine, built a camp on South Twin Lake and taught their children to be adventurers. Ken was a loving father to his children and grandchildren and found great purpose in supporting and ensuring their health and happiness. He loved to fly fish on the West Branch with his hand-tied Hornbergs and tell stories of the salmon he released to catch again another day. He shared a passion for boating on the lakes and coast of Maine with family and friends, driving and fishing adventures with Barbara in Europe and New Zealand and sitting on the camp porch to watch loons fish.
A visitation will be held at the Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home, 614 S. Hanover St. Nanticoke PA, on Friday October 18th from 5:00 until 7:00 pm. A Mass will be held on Saturday, October 19th at 10:30 am at St. Faustina Catholic Church, 520 S. Hanover St. Nanticoke PA. Burial will take place in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Hanover Township PA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in the memory of Kenneth Legins to the Bangor, Maine Ronald McDonald House, where he was a member of the Board in the 1980's; 654 State Street Bangor, ME 04401 (http://rmhbangor.org/make-donation), or to the Atlantic Salmon Federation (https://asfus.thankyou4caring.org/) which works to save 'the most difficult fish to catch, and a thrill to play', PO Box 807, Calais ME 04619.
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