Ralph E. Logan
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August 6, 1927 -
February 9, 2013
Ralph Earl Logan, 88, died on February 9, 2013 at the Arbor Acres Retirement Community in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Mr. Logan was born on August 6, 1927 in Audubon, NJ, son of Stewart and Eleanor Beck Logan.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Lois Lee Cain Logan, of Arbor Acres, and a son, Joseph P. Logan, also of Winston-Salem. Other survivors include his sister-in-law, Elizabeth M. Cain, of Bridgeton, NJ, and niece, Suzanne C. Nurnberg (Rick), also of Bridgeton, and son, Markus K. Nurnberg.
After graduation from Audubon High School, he served in the U.S. Army's 75th Division during World War II, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge and Colmar Pocket, where he was severely wounded. For his wartime service and sacrifice, he was presented with the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Croix de Guerre awards. On February 28, 2012, in the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh, he was also presented with the Legion of Honor Award by the French Government for his sacrifice in defending France during World War II.
After months of hospitalization following the war, he entered Rutgers University, and earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1950. He spent his career in various management positions in the oil industry in the Delaware Valley, primarily with Texaco and Getty Oil Company.
He and his family lived in Wilmington, Delaware for over forty years before relocating to Winston-Salem in 2006 to be close to his son. Following retirement, he and his wife spent nearly two decades splitting time between their homes in Wilmington and Palm Harbor, Florida, where they enjoyed many seasons of Philadelphia Phillies spring training games.
Mr. Logan was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Epiphany in Winston-Salem, and former member of St. Philip's Lutheran Church in Wilmington, Delaware, where he served on the Church Council.
In Winston-Salem, he was a member of the Circle K Kiwanis Club; and was an active member of the Delaware Refinery Retirees Club, during his retirement years in Delaware.
He enjoyed both domestic and international travel and travelled extensively throughout the world with his wife, family and friends.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 16 from 3 to 5 pm at the Salem Funeral Reynolda location - 2599 Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem. A memorial service celebrating his life, led by Pastor Patrick V. Downes, and internment will take place on Friday, April 5 at 10 am at the Delaware Veteran's Cemetery in Bear, Delaware. Following the service, the family will host a memorial reception and luncheon at 12 pm at the University and Whist Club of Wilmington, 805 North Broom Street, Wilmington, Delaware.
The family suggests memorial gifts be made to the Residents Assistance Fund; Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community; 1240 Arbor Road; Winston-Salem, NC 27104 or the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina; 3655 Reed Street; Winston-Salem, NC 27107.
Online condolences may be shared at www.salemfh.com
Published in The News Journal from Feb. 13 to Feb. 16, 2013