Ivan Logan, a lifelong resident of Mount Gilead, died peacefully, early Monday morning, June 24, 2013, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital following a week long illness. He was 94 years old.
On February 5, 1919, Ivan was born at home on the farm near Mount Gilead, the fourth of five children of the late Ernest and Jessie (Beck) Logan. He graduated from Mount Gilead High School in the Class of 1937, where he and his classmate, Terry Griffith, were invited to participate in the first Buckeye Boys State. During school, he was very active in the FFA program, entering a fleece in the Chicago World's Fair that won grand champion in 1934.
Following high school, Ivan continued his education at The Ohio State University
, and was among the first to live in the Stadium dorm, was president of the Townsend Agricultural Education Program, was a member of the All Ag Council, R.O.T.C. program for two years, and the Senior Class Cabinet. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Education in 1941. While there, he also enjoyed connecting with people at the Morrow County Club meetings, where he met his wife to be, Mary Ellen Patrick.
After graduating from OSU, Ivan taught vocational agriculture at Gambier High School for one year, until he felt called to enlist in the U.S. Army
Air Corps to join his fellow countrymen in the fight of World War II
. He served as a member of the 925 Air Technician Group supervising mechanics repairing airplanes to return to battle. He was stationed at several airfields in Europe, serving most of his time at the Land's End Airfield in England and the Le Bourget Airfield near Paris, France. During his three years of service he spent all but 44 days oversees, and earned the rank of Master Sergeant.
Shortly following his honorable discharge, Ivan returned home to resume his courtship with Mary Ellen who was patiently awaiting his return, and they were married on November 10, 1945, at the Bloomfield Methodist Church. Together they raised four children, and shared over sixty five years of marriage. She preceded him in death on August 22, 2011.
His father and brother, Richard, anxiously awaited the return of Ivan and his younger brother, Jack, from the war to their flourishing family farm, Brookside Farms, which was established in 1863 by E.J.'s father, William Elzy Logan. Ivan dedicated his life to being a dairy and potato farmer for over 70 years, grading potatoes until he was 85 years old. For many years, he was a member of the Ohio Potato Growers Association, where he served as president for 2 years. An agribusinessman, Ivan was on the board of directors and past president of the Marion Production Credit Association for five counties, which is now AgCredit ACA. He also was a member of Twin Pines Farm Bureau Council, Williamsport Grange, and was a founding committee member of the Farm Bureau Co-op.
Again seeing a need in the community, Ivan and his friend, Ned Higgins, helped found the Whetstone School in 1961, serving as vice president of the board for 18 years.
A man of faith, Ivan was an active member of the Trinity United Methodist Church since his return from the war. He served in many capacities, including an usher, Sunday School Teacher for more than 60 years, chairman of the official board and the administrative board, and chairman of trustees and finance committee. He also was a member of the Mount Gilead Interchurch Council.
Ivan lived a life of devotion to his church, farm, country, community, OSU, and family.
He will be affectionately remembered by his four children: Anne (Tom) Cotton of Mount Gilead, Barbara (Ken) Brewer of Marion, Thomas Logan, and Emily (Robert) Shaffer, both of Mount Gilead; eight grandchildren: Michelle (Mike) Lobdell, Nathan (Cari) Cotton, Andy (Belinda) Cotton, Adam Brewer, Grant Brewer, Anita (fiancé Xeng Her) Brewer, Ryan Snyder, and Chad (Rachel) Snyder; seven great-grandchildren: Amanda and Matthew Lobdell, Ashton and Allyson Cotton, Mia and Gabriel Cotton, and Mason Brewer; a sister-in-law, Ruth Logan of Mount Gilead; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Including his wife and parents, Ivan was preceded in death by his four siblings: E. Blaine Logan, Ramel H. (Steve) McKirgan, Richard (Helen "Jo") Logan, and Jack Logan; and nephew, Jeff Logan.
The Logan family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services honoring his life and his faith at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 75 E. Church St., Mount Gilead, with Rev. Lori Burdette-Steele officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the V.F.W
. Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 will follow in Bryn Zion Cemetery in Mount Gilead.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church, c/o Building Fund (address above).
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Ivan's family and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.