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Russell E. McLogan

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Russell E. McLogan Obituary
Russell E. McLogan went home to be with the Lord on February 21, 2018. He was born May 10, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Wendell G. and Mary Louise (Blum) McLogan. On June 24, 1950, he married Theresa A. Lilly in Detroit and she survives.
Russ grew up in Detroit and graduated from the Henry Ford Trade School in 1944. A private boy's vocational high school in Dearborn, MI run by Henry Ford, the automotive pioneer. There he learned the tool and Diemaking Trade. He was drafted out of college and served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Rifleman/Replacement in the 6th Infantry Division in the Liberation of the Philippines and the Post-War American/Russian Occupation of Korea. He was awarded seven medals including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
He returned to Detroit after serving 19 months overseas, resumed his engineering studies and completed an 8,000 hour apprenticeship in Mechanical Design at the Ford Motor Co. while attending the University of Detroit where he was a member of Delta Sigma Pi fraternity and graduated cum laude in 1953. He worked as an engineer and Manager in the auto and aero-space industries before coming to Hillsdale in 1964 to work as Plant Engineer and Plant Manager at Vaco Products Co. in Jonesville. There, he was awarded several patents for the design of hand tools.
His last 16 years were with Hillsdale Tool & Manufacturing Co. where he retired as Manufacturing Engineering Manager. In his spare time, he taught Shop Math and Drafting to apprentices at Allied Products Co.
McLogan was a Registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical) in Michigan and a Senior Member of the Engineering Society of Detroit and a Life Member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
In retirement, he devoted his time to enjoying his 12 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, playing tennis and traveling. He especially enjoyed the annual reunions of the National Association of the 6th Infantry Division where he met many of the older soldiers he served with and was known to them as "The Kid." McLogan was twice elected President of this national organization and was instrumental in bringing the reunions to Michigan in Battle Creek and Dearborn.
He also researched, wrote and published a book on his wartime experiences. The book, Boy Soldier: Coming of Age During World War II, Terrus Press 1998, is still in print and has sold over 8,700 copies.
Mr. McLogan was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church where he taught in the religious education program for eleven years. He also served as an usher, as a reader and as a leader of a Bible Study Group. He served two terms on the Hillsdale City Election Commission.
He was a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans, Hillsdale 68, where he served two years as commander. He was also a Life member of The Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman's Association.
More recently, he served in the Honor Guard of the Leighr Wright Post 53, American Legion, marching in parades and serving in the Patriotic Ceremony at Veteran's funerals. In promoting his book, he told his story at many service clubs, at libraries and at schools where he supplemented the American History lessons.
He is survived by his wife Theresa of 68 years, three daughters, Mary (Patric) Caligan of Hillsdale, Nancy (David) Hancin of Tulsa, OK, and Betsy (David) Carlisle of Austin, TX; two sons, Timothy McLogan of Jackson and Gregory (Shannon) McLogan of Kalamazoo, twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Patrick McLogan of Clinton Twp, MI as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded by his parents, a son, David McLogan, three brothers, Robert McLogan, George McLogan and Kenneth McLogan, two sisters, Rosemary McLogan Crawley and Mary Lou McLogan Young.
A funeral mass to honor the life of Mr. Russell E. McLogan will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018 with Father David Reamsnyder officiating. Interment will follow at the St. Anthony Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation from 4-8 p.m. Friday, February 23 at the Hampton Funeral Home in Hillsdale. Memorials are suggested to St. Anthony Church or to the Disabled American Veterans.

Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on Feb. 22, 2018
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