BAXTER -- Ken Magloughlin, 74, described by one friend as a "Marine's Marine," died Saturday at his home.
A veteran who served 13 months in Korea during that war, Magloughlin was a charter member of the Heartland Detachment of the Marine Corps League and was known to many in the Brainerd area for his efforts in the league's Toys for Kids program.
"He was quite concerned about his fellow man," Jim Shubert, commandant of the Marine Corps League and chairman of the Toys for Kids Committee, said today. "Ken had very high ideals. I think he was deeply religious. He was concerned about doing things for other people."
The construction of the All Veterans Memorial at the Crow Wing County Courthouse and Brainerd's annual Memorial Day celebration were two projects in which Magloughlin played a key role.
Born and raised in Dilworth, he graduated from high school in 1947 as salutatorian and later graduated from Moorhead State Teachers College. He was released from active duty in 1953. He transferred from the Marine Corps Reserve to Voluntary Retired Reserve, achieving the rank of major. He taught high school in Dilworth, was an accountant and assistant store manager for International Harvester in Fargo, N.D., and Mayville, N.D. Magloughlin was a field adjuster for State Farm Insurance for 33 1/2 years until his retirement in 1992. Shubert said he served as Baxter mayor for a short time when it was a village.
He was named Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year in 2000 in Crow Wing County.
"Ken was probably the most unselfish person I have ever met, said John Luce, who first met Magloughlin as a voice on his amateur radio set. The two became friends when Luce moved here from the Twin Cities in 1988 and were both active in the Brainerd Area Amateur Radio Club.
"He was always the guy who was the taskmaster. ... He coordinated our public safety stuff we did on Halloween," Luce said.
Never one to seek the limelight, Luce said Magloughlin considered service to God and service to country as inseparable. Luce said club members never had to check back to see if one of Magloughlin's tasks was completed once it was assigned.
Services for Magloughlin will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis Church in Brainerd. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veteran's Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter.
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