A Message From The Legler Family

We would like to use this forum to begin to thank all the many wonderful people who have helped us during this difficult time, hoping you’ll understand if we’ve forgotten a few names.  Our heart-felt gratitude to Ruth Putnum for being there when Glen needed someone the most; we realize Tuesday, March 8th, was not the first time you’ve been there for him!  Thanks to Jim Zieroen for your quick response when it was recognized that he did not have a pulse.  Thanks to the first-responders from the fire department and ambulance for your excellent clinical expertise and care, we aren’t sure who you are but we intend to find out and thank-you individually.

Our sincere appreciation to the healthcare professionals at Wyoming Medical Center including Dr. Beyer, Chuck, Angela, Kay, Janey and all the many others who were working in the emergency department the Tuesday afternoon and evening of March 8th.  Big thanks and hugs to Jennifer, Mike, Stacey, Bill, Jenea, Duane, Janey (again), Dr. Taylor, Dr. Turner, Dr. Eisenhower, Dr. Neff, Dr. V., Dr. Dowell and all the others working intensive care as well as all the folks from radiology, lab, pharmacy, and other departments that are necessary to provide critical care.  Also, thanks to Julie, Kristi, Nick, Sandy, Randi, Kathy, Kim, Kelly, Sue, and the other many friends from WMC that stopped by to offer encouragement, a hug, or a kind word.  You’ll never know how much that meant during such a stressful time.  Patti and Stacy both work at Wyoming Medical Center and it was impressive to experience the loving-kindness shown to us from the “other side”.  God bless who you are and what you do!

Thanks to all who kept vigil in the emergency room that Tuesday evening as well as all who stopped by to visit Glen and his family while he was in the ICU.  Special thanks to the barbershop quartet that came to sing; you’ll never know how much that meant to us!  Our deepest appreciation to everyone who provided us with food, sent flowers or stopped by these last few days, you’ve nourished our bodies and souls.  Special thanks to Tim and Karen Ray, Brad Diller, Steve Harshman, Ruth (again), Loretta Nelson and the staff at Highland Park Church, Tim Stacy and the staff at Newcomer Funeral Home, the Oil City Slickers, the Parkway Plaza, Ramada Inn, Ramkota Inn, Pizza Hut, Pepsi, Perkins and Johnny J’s and Pastor Jack Olsen for all of your help before and with Glen’s service.

This is just the short-list of the many friends and family who have been there for us these past ten days.  Our deepest gratitude to everyone who has sent kind thoughts and prayers our way – they’ve brought us immeasurable comfort.  We have honored Glen’s wishes to be cremated and will spread his ashes to the wind in a place he loved at a later date.

There are tentative plans to hold a celebration of Glen’s life on Sunday, May 22nd at the NC Stadium.  This will be an informal tailgate-like affair with a barbeque and an open mic to share stories about Glen.  We hope you can attend and look forward to seeing you there!  Big Glen Legler hug to everyone!


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Please come to the reception and say hi after the funeral

We are having a reception after the funeral at the Highland Park Church Common Area.  Parkway Plaza, The Ramada Inn, The Ramkoda, Perkins, Pizza Hut, Pepsi, and Johnny J’s have all graciously donated food.  There is going to be a lot of food so plan on coming and eating and chatting with us.  Thank you all so much.

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Glen Walter Legler Obituary

Glen Walter Legler was a master of gab.  He had an easygoing way about him, with an infectious smile that brought out the conversation in everyone he met.  He loved to learn about the people around him, and everyone who knew Glen had a personal relationship with him.  Many people considered him to be their second father, and they loved, honored, and appreciated the guidance and direction he provided.  Growing up in a large close-knit family provided the solid foundation for the life of love, honesty, integrity, and hard work that he lived and expected of others.

Glen built a wonderful family with his wife Patti whom he met in 1974 through his cousin and her best friend in high school, Janette Reihm.  Patti was going to school in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Glen was teaching math in Denver Colorado.  Patti used any opportunity she could to visit Janette and Glen, and in 1976 Glen and Patti wed in Craig Colorado.  They then moved to Casper Wyoming to begin their busy and wonderful life.  Soon after they welcomed their four children: Jason, Brad, Scott, and Stacy.  As Glen got older he became busier; however, no matter how busy he was, when his children called, he answered.  Whether it was his liberal son Jason calling to argue about politics, his handy son Brad calling for construction advice, his perpetually insecure son Scott calling to make sure that he was doing a good job as a new parent, or his directionally challenged daughter Stacy calling when she was lost, he always had the time to talk.  The only time he didn’t answer was when he physically couldn’t, because his surroundings were too loud, or because he was crushing 150 yard drives off the tee box on the golf course.  Glen had two hole-in-ones in his lifetime.

Beyond his home life, he was intensely involved in his community.  If his service to the community was a hurricane, his office at Natrona County High School was the eye.  He utilized all of his resources at NCHS, as well as the countless organizations he was a part of, in any way he could to ensure that the kids in his community were being given every opportunity to succeed.  He always put their needs first and helped steer those around him to do the same.  He understood that if a plan took years to implement, it could negatively impact hundreds of kids’ entire athletic careers.  He moved swiftly and with purpose to make sure that kids got all of the opportunities they deserved.

Glen was a talented man.  In what little free time he had he enjoyed singing barbershop with the Oil City Slickers, a love he shared with his mother Maxine who sang in her own barbershop group.  He spoke passionately about the joy of ringing chords with his friends.  Food was also a love of his.  When he wasn’t working in various volunteer roles following his retirement, he spent what little time he had buying cookbooks and performing culinary experiments on his lovely wife.  Despite his absolute love of the state of Wyoming and his adamant belief that it was the best place in the world to live, travel agreed with him.  He flew to conferences around the country and made frequent trips to visit two of his sons in Oregon with Patti.  He always acquired enough shampoo, conditioner, and body wash from the various hotels that he stayed in to fill all of his kids’ stockings with this rather bizarre stocking stuffer during the holidays.

Glen was a master at coming up with strange phrases, often directed at his kids.  His most-used “Glenism” was to take whatever you claimed to be doing and then threaten to do that action “up the side of your head.”  For example:  “Dad, we’re playing with that!” to which he would promptly respond, “I’ll play with that up the side of your head.”  This go-to phrase was used constantly and often lovingly mocked by his children.  He also had special abilities.  Sleeping in front of the blaring TV provided an opportunity for him to exercise his unique sixth sense.  Glen, while sleeping, was able to detect when one of his children or his wife was about to grab the controller and change the channel or turn down the TV and stop them in their tracks.

Following his retirement from NCHS in 2009, Glen became more active in various organizations across the state of Wyoming, always with the emphasis firmly on the needs of kids in the community.  Despite the fact that he had spent 17 years as an AD and 19 years before that as a teacher, 36 years of his life, dad continued to work in the community.  During his retirement he was also put to work by his second son Brad doing manual labor on Brad’s house, which he also loved.  He was a hard worker in every way and appreciated that quality when he saw it in others.  He was never afraid to get his hands dirty.  Retirement for him was more of a label than an actual experience.  Dad never quit working.

Glen’s life concluded when he collapsed from a heart arrhythmia while working on preparations for state basketball a year and a half after his official retirement.  The arrhythmia was likely a symptom of a previous, yet unknown, heart attack that he had apparently not had the time to fully experience several months earlier.  He was notoriously tardy and his exodus from this life, which was likely intended to be from that earlier unnoticed heart attack, was no exception.  He collapsed while he was working, and he died peacefully with his entire family around him on March 12, 2011 at 2:55pm, the time the final school bell would ring at his first teaching job in Lakewood, Colorado.

Glen Walter Legler

Glen Walter Legler was born June 25th, 1950 in Cody Wyoming to Fred and Maxine Legler.  He died on March 12th, 2011 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper Wyoming, leaving behind his wife Patti.  He is survived by his three sons, Jason, Brad (Ashle), and Scott, his daughter Stacy, and his grandson Adrian.  He also leaves his older brother Larry (Mary) of Sheridan, older sister Patty Bronnenberg of Cody, twin brother Fritz (Sue) of Powell, younger sister Jennet (Pat) Ballinger of Dubois, cousin/honorary sister Janette Reihm of Cortez, Colorado, brother and sister-in-law Jim and Kathy Simpson of Craig CO, and numerous nieces and nephews as well as the entire community of Casper Wyoming.  He was predeceased by his parents.

A memorial service will be held at Highland Park Community Church in Casper Wyoming on Thursday, March 17th at 4pm, and Newcomer Funeral Home will oversee services.  In lieu of flowers please consider donating to SafeKids of Wyoming care of Wyoming Medical Center Foundation, 1233 East 2nd st. Casper, WY 82601 or The Glen Legler Scholarship care of Wells Fargo Bank, P.O. Box 2799, Casper, WY 82601.

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Dad’s Memorial Service Information

Dad’s obituary will be in the Wednesday paper and we’ll post it on here on Wednesday.  His memorial service will be on Thursday March 17th, 2011 at 4pm at the new Highland Park Community Church in Casper Wyoming.  Newcomer Funeral Home will oversee the services.  In lieu of flowers please consider donating to SafeKids of Wyoming care of Wyoming Medical Center Foundation, 1233 East 2nd St. Casper, WY 82601 or the Glen Legler Scholarship care of Wells Fargo Bank, P.O. Box 2799, Casper, WY 82601.  Thanks everyone so much for your kind words and support.


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Glen Legler

On March 12th, 2011 at 2:55pm (the time school gets out), dad took his last breath while surrounded by his family.  Many of you posted messages to him encouraging him to win this battle.  He wasn’t able to win this one, but if you knew dad, you knew that winning wasn’t really what it was about.  It was about how you played it, and dad played it well.  We’ve been reading your comments to him and each other as they’ve come in.  Thank you so much to everyone for all of the prayers and well wishes to dad and us.  We’ll post more later regarding plans for services.  Again, thank you all so much.

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Status as of 11:05am 3.12.2011

The neurologist has informed us that there has been no improvement and the prognosis for dad to have the quality of life that he would have wanted is non-existent.  He is in multi-organ failure – this means his kidneys are not functioning, his liver is severely damaged, he has significant heart impairment and his brain has suffered severe damage.  With the help of all of his physicians, we have discussed options and have decided to withdraw life support at this time per his Living Will and the wishes he has expressed over the years.  At this point, we have no idea how long the dying process may take.  We want you to know that we are so grateful for all of the prayers and support that have been sent our way these past few days and that we have read all the comments to dad.  We know that dad is loved by many and at this difficult time we are going to be a bit selfish and ask that you allow us to spend these last moments with him as a family. We hope that you all understand, and again thank you so much for all your thoughts, prayers, and concern. We are so grateful.

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Status as of 11:52am 3.11.2011

Alright everyone, my mom and sister have been providing the updates thus far but this one has been left to me so I apologize for the writing-style change.  The neurologist came in today and did her battery of tests as well as an EEG and a CT scan.

Dad is still largely unresponsive; however, he did show a slight improvement in that his corneal response was better and he responded to them touching his cornea which he has not done before.  These are minimal improvements and I don’t want to give anyone false hope; however, the neurologist said that any improvement at this stage is out of the ordinary and she felt that we should wait another day to see what happens.

The CT scan didn’t show any damage they would normally associate with hemorrhage or stroke.  That means there is nothing acute that could be causing what we are seeing now so the main concern is a hypoxic brain injury.  The EEG showed brain activity which would not be expected if he had been hypoxic for very long but it’s not an exact science and may not mean anything at all either.  The neurologist said that if it were her dad she’d wait another day. That’s good enough for us.  We’re going to wait another day and see what happens.

Dad was pretty clear with us on what he wanted in this scenario and we’re trying very hard to honor his wishes.  We’re hoping for the miracle though and if it happens it will really be one.  If you’re praying for us and dad, please keep doing so.  He’s breaking rules and expectations right now as far as how he’s going.  Everyone on here has to know of dad’s chronic tardiness… we’re praying that it’s pervasive down to his soul.

On a final note, your messages to us have been really inspirational and we’ve been reading them all to him at night.  We really appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers even though some of them have been really difficult to read out loud.  Thank you all so much.  You really have no idea how amazing it is to see such an outpouring of support from so many people.  We all know how great dad is but to have it confirmed by so many people is completely overwhelming.  Thank you all so much.  We’ll update you as soon as we know more.

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Status as of 10:30am 3.10.2011

Glen was on dialysis through the night and tolerated it well, he will continue with this therapy for kidney failure until 4:00 PM today and then be off for the night.  This has allowed for all but one medication for blood pressure support to be stopped (at one time he was on three different medications for this).  His chest x-ray has improved and the infectious disease specialist is fairly confident he did not have a blood infection though will continue antibiotic therapy for another day.  His biggest issue is his neurologic status.  The neurologist believes he has significant brain damage since his examination today was essentially unchanged from yesterday.  What this means is that he does not respond to deep, painful stimuli.  He does occasionally open his eyes, but this is not in response to any specific stimulation.  The neurologist is not optimistic about a recovery at this point.  She will do another examination tomorrow though, along with a test to measure the electrical activity in his brain (EEG) and is considering doing another C-T scan.

When Glen was admitted Tuesday evening, the physicians told us that they always give the brain around 92 hours to recover from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.  We will be coming up on that time-frame tomorrow and will keep you posted on the findings.  Thanks for all your thoughts, prayers and comments – they mean the world to us!  We are all trying to stay positive and would appreciate it if all of you would as well.  Keep praying, thank you so much.

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Status as of 3:26pm 3.9.2011

The cardiologist (heart specialist) informed us that the heart ultrasound test showed that a large part of Dad’s Left heart was non-functioning. This was not something that happened yesterday, it is old damage indicating that he had a massive heart attack in the past and didn’t know it. His heart function was poor due to this damage and is most likely what caused his arrhythmia yesterday evening. What this means for us at this point is simply that the doctor can explain why dad stopped breathing yesterday.

This evening, Dad’s labs are reaching levels that are no longer compatible with life. We have decided to allow the physicians to do dialysis to attempt to correct this. Although there is a small chance that Dad will make it through this, the prognoses for a high quality of life is worsening.

Thank you again for all the prayers and continued support.

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Status as of 11:49am 3.9.2011

We wanted to update everyone on Glen’s condition this morning.  He remains in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Wyoming Medical Center.  In case you were unaware, he collapsed yesterday afternoon at the Fair Grounds.  The emergency responders had to shock him twice to get his heart to beat in an effective rhythm.  Last evening, he did briefly spontaneously open his eyes.  They kept him sedated throughout the night as he remained on the ventilator and required support to maintain his blood pressure.

This morning, a heart specialist, kidney specialist and brain specialist consulted with the intensive care physician.  The heart specialist believes he likely suffered a severe cardiac arrhythmia, which caused his collapse.  It does not appear that he had a heart attack pese as there are minimal signs of heart muscle damage.  They will be doing more tests today to determine how his heart is functioning.  He remains on intravenous medication to help prevent heart arrhythmias.  He does have pneumonia, they are unsure of the cause though they are treating with antibiotics.  He remains on the ventilator.  The kidney specialist feels that his kidneys were damaged from lack of oxygen associated with his collapse – this is expected and usually self-limiting although he may need short-term dialysis. Our biggest concern is his current lack of response to any stimuli. They turned off his sedation and the brain specialist performed a neurological exam but  he did not respond to any stimulation.  This is certainly worrisome and he will be tested daily, have an EEG tomorrow and, perhaps, a MRI on Friday.  We know his brain was without oxygen for a time, so this is not completely unexpected.  We just have to wait to find out if his brain tissue will recover.  We will know more on Friday or Saturday.
Please let everyone you think might be interested know where they can go to get updates.

Thank you all so much.

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