Gene Fairfax Legg, faithful husband and father, electrical engineer, inventor and entrepreneur, square dancer and lover of Missouri clear water streams, passed away on Monday, August 31st 2020 at age 96.
Gene was born in Joplin, Missouri on April 12, 1924. He was the last surviving of his six siblings and parents Anna Mae and Thomas Natis Legg. As quarterback and captain of his Joplin High School football team, Gene led them undefeated his senior year. In 1943 he joined the Navy to serve in the South Pacific until 1946. In 1947 Gene married Nona Mary Parmele of Columbus Kansas. Together they raised four children: Brian Alan (deceased at age 9), Mary Jeanne (68) of Apple Valley, MN, Timothy Kevin (65) of Sun Prairie, WI and Jeffrey Curtis (61) of Rogers, AR. He is also survived by Tim’s wife Cindy, ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Always up for adventure, Gene moved his family to Minnesota in 1961. He returned to his beloved Joplin, Missouri in 1970. Gene and Nona Mary celebrated 47 years together until her passing in February of 1992. Never a loner, two years later Gene met and married his square dance partner, Reva Jean Flint of Granby, Missouri. Gene and Reva enjoyed more than 10 years of marriage together.
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin became Gene’s final home where he resided at Hyland Crossings Assisted Living near the home of his son Tim and his wife Cindy and their children.
A memorial celebration of Gene’s life will take place in Joplin Missouri September 3rd 2022. Gene’s ashes will be buried at Ozark Memorial Cemetery in Joplin, Missouri beside his beloved wife Nona Mary and son Brian