FROST, Minn. - Roger D. "Buckey" Legried of Frost died Sept. 29 at the age of 73. Funeral services were held in early October.
Legried has been featured in Agri News for holding the Guinness Book of World Records title for the world's largest cap collection. He first received the honor in 2006 with 82,792 caps, then he broke his own record when Guinness representatives re-certified his count in 2010. By then, he had 100,336 hats. According to the Guinness website, the record still stands.
Legried's collection, which he began in 1970, is estimated to be more than 109,000 caps today. It was one of his greatest hobbies.
"I hope to someday find a museum to put them in," he said in 2010.
At the time, he was storing all those hats in boxes inside semi-trailers. He didn't like to wear them. He would sometimes host bus tours at his home so people could see them.
Legried was born in 1938 in rural Frost. He graduated from Frost High School, studied at the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus and served in the Army from 1959 to 1961 in Germany with the 97th Signal Corps. When he returned home, he became involved with farming.
In 1967 - the same year he married his wife, Shirley - he began selling snowmobiles, livestock equipment and feed, a business that became known as Buckey's Sales and Service.
His numerous community activities included 4-H, Boy Scouts, Faribault County Pork Producers, Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce, Rome Township Board and being involved with his church. He was inducted to the Minnesota Swine Honor Roll at the 1986 pork producer's convention. In 1992, he was named Agri-Business Person of the Year by the Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce, among other honors.
He liked to make others happy and presented programs in care centers, rest homes and senior citizen groups with his concertina, caps, jokes and magic.
Buckey is survived by one daughter, Karen Phang and her husband, Sarey, of Eagan; one son Scott Legried of Frost and a sister, Joyce (Del) Armon of Lakota, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, in 1996, one brother Dennis and his parents, Orville and Mildred Legried.