Kenneth V. Laguens

April 4, 1945October 14, 2013

Kenneth Vincent Laguens

1945 - 2013

Kenneth Vincent Laguens, CTRC, US Navy (Ret.) age 68, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, October 14, 2013, following a brave 5 month battle with cancer. He lived his life as a devoted husband, a loving father, a wonderful grandfather, an exceptional friend to many, and a proud Chief in the US Navy.

Ken was born in San Francisco, CA, on April 4, 1945 to Earl Robert Laguens and Muriel Scharetg Laguens. He spent his school years in Calistoga, CA, and graduated in 1963. His Navy career began in 1964 with training at Corey Station, Pensacola, to become a Cryptologic Technician and ended 20 years later (1984) back at Corey where he taught that same A-school class to new young sailors. In-between, Ken served on ships that included the USS Muller and the USS Midway, and was stationed in Germany, Panama, Kamisaya Japan, NSA in Fort Meade, MD, Okinawa, and Misawa Japan.

Ken finished his education by earning an Associate Degree in Business from Anandale Community College in VA (1976) and his Bachelors Degree in Business and Finance from the University of West Florida in Pensacola (1986). He used this degree to work at Consumer Credit Counseling Service and Members First Credit Union before returning to Corey Station, Pensacola, as an instructor for the IT course on base. His final career move was to NAS Pensacola as the lead instructor for the PFM course to teach about finances to active duty service men and women before retiring in 2012. He also owned and operated Ken's Lawn Service here in the Pensacola community.

Ken was an active member of Myrtle Grove United Methodist Church, and his hobbies included golfing, playing tennis, and doing woodworking projects in his backyard shop. He enjoyed traveling with his family and during the last 7 years cherished his time as Papa to his two beautiful grandchildren as often as possible.

Ken is preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Muriel Laguens; his father-in-law John Pesco; his brother-in-law Steve Pesco; and numerous aunts and uncles. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Carol Pesco Laguens; his children, Beth and Tom Carter of Lakeland FL, and Kathy and Trey Haddock of Pensacola FL; his grandchildren, Sydney and Austin Carter; his brother Bob (Debbi) Laguens of HI; his sister, Lynn (Jim) Schmidt of OR; nephew and niece, Simon and Christina Laguens of CA; mother-in-law, Dorothy Pesco; brother-in-law Jim (Juanita) Pesco; sister-in-law, Judy (Roger) Coins; and nephew, Richard Piet.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Dissanayake and the nursing staff at Sacred Heart Cancer Center and West Florida Hospital; Pastor Riley Richardson and our church family (especially the Lifestyle Sunday School Class) at Myrtle Grove United Methodist Church; and our wonderful team of caregivers from Covenant Hospice, Pensacola. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to MGUMC or the American Cancer Society .

Visitation will be held at Oak Lawn Funeral Home (State Room) on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 5pm to 7pm. A Celebration of Life will be held at Myrtle Grove UMC on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 1pm. Inurnment will take place at Barrancas National Cemetery on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11am with full military honors. Oak Lawn Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.


  • Visitation Thursday, October 17, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, October 18, 2013
  • Memorial Service Monday, December 23, 2013

Kenneth V. Laguens

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March 5, 2014

Just scrolled through the SECGU History website tonight and found his name listed under the RIP section.

He was our CTR advanced "C" class instructor. The fifteen member class graduated on March 11, 1983.

After graduation our class had good times at his home with his wife cooking
homemade foods then we enjoying the
outdoor sauna with beers.

Yes, that was the old Navy days.

Believe this was his last advanced class before retirement.

Thanks for the Corry Station memories

Regards to his family, friends and shipmates.

CTR1 Mike Schaffer, USN, Retired

S Lerer

November 4, 2013

The staff of American Cancer Fund® at is sorry to hear of Kenneth's passing. We have just received a memorial donation in his name and our sincere condolences go out to his family.

David Bettini

October 28, 2013

I remember Kenny quite well. We attended Calistoga High School together. I always felt him to be one great guy! I was shocked to hear the news today. May he continue with his services to mankind in the heavens until we meet once again.

Bill and Kathy Wilson

October 24, 2013

Carol, Beth and Kathy: Bill and I were saddened to learn of Ken's illness and passing! Know that we are holding you close in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers! Our love to you all!

Melanie Alcorn-Wood

October 18, 2013

Recalling a young boy we grew up with, full of fun, kindness. My heart goes out to the family.

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October 18, 2013

Carol and family,
There are no words-just sending love and prayers.
Es and David

Amy & Kevin Lee

October 18, 2013

Carol & Family,
Our hearts are saddened with the passing of such a wonderful man. We know that he is with the Lord and that they know each other well. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.