HERKIMER — James H. Legg “Jim”, 89, of East Herkimer, passed away on Monday, December 16th. He resided on Main Street in East Herkimer for most of his life, but spent the last year being cared for by his daughter, Judy, and son-in-law, Bryan Mosher, at their home in Prattville, AL, following an illness.
He was born on May 3, 1924, in Little Falls, son of the late Seymour and Mary Legg. A lifelong area resident, he was raised in East Herkimer and was a 1941 graduate of Herkimer Senior High School. On May 27, 1944, he married Marion E. Sturges in the Herkimer Reformed Church.
Jim volunteered for service in the United States Marine Corps after the outbreak of WW II. He was with the 1st Marine Division and made landings at Peleliu, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, and Guadalcanal. He also served with the first division in occupied Japan at Nagasaki. After his discharge, Jim became an active member of the local Marine Corps League.
When he returned home from the War, he worked with his father and his brother, Walter, in the family farm equipment dealership, SC Legg, Inc., selling International Harvester farm and garden equipment and Surge dairy equipment. After his father’s passing, he became owner and President of the family business, where he also employed his sons at times. Jim also served as President of the New York Farm Equipment Dealers Association and was appointed National Director, attending many functions and conventions throughout the country, representing the Association and his dealership.
Jim was also an active member and President of the local Kiwanis Club, was a Boy Scout leader, and participated in many functions benefiting the community through the years.
He was an active member of the Masonic organization and was Grand Steward of the Herkimer Masonic Lodge No. 423 F&AM in 1992. He served as Past Master on numerous occasions and was also a Trustee of the Lodge for many years.
Jim was always busy and was a hard worker in the community. After the family business was dissolved in the 1980s, partly due to the poor farm economy in the area, and also due to International Harvester’s financial problems, Jim continued to work in the area at various businesses, including Holt Brothers, Agway, Rural/ Metro, Access Transportation and HARC. He retired at 82 in 2006.
Jim is survived by his loving family, his three children: son, James W. Legg, of Wilmington, NC, daughter, Judy E. and her husband, Bryan Mosher, of Prattville, AL, Jerry P. and his wife, Donna M. Legg, of Glenville, NY; his sister, Judy Hladysz, of Middleville; nine grandchildren, James, Terre, Jeffrey, Brandon, Brian, Jennifer, Joy, Benjamin and Joseph; twelve great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife and parents, his brother, Walter Legg, and his grandson, Jerry James Legg, preceded him in death.
Page 2 of 2 - His family notes that Jim was a special person who served his family and his community well, in a loving way. He will always be remembered in the farming and business communities in the Mohawk Valley. He filled the lives of his friends and family with happiness and wonderful memories that will be carried in their hearts forever. He will be truly missed.
A Memorial Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 127 N. Prospect Street, Herkimer, on Saturday, January 11th. The Reverend, Janet Gleason will officiate. The family will be present at the church to receive relatives and friends from 11:00 to 12:00 before the Memorial Service. Interment will be later this Spring in Mountain View Memorial Gardens, town of Little Falls.
Expressions may be made with memorial donations to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104-2396, or with Baptist Hospice, 301 Interstate Park Drive, Montgomery, AL 36109.