Joseph Lee Logan

Monday, March 7, 2011

Aug. 26, 1925--March 4, 2011

SHAWNEE, Kansas -- Joseph Lee Logan, 85, died Friday (March 4, 2011), at Bryan Lincoln General Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, surrounded by his family.

He was born Aug. 26, 1925, in Sandersville, Mississippi, to Robert Lee and Ruby Estelle (Lightsey) Logan. He grew up in Mississippi.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 attending boot camp in San Diego, California. He earned his high school degree while serving in the Navy. He served in the during World War II and the Korean War as a sonarman.

After his discharge from the Navy he attended McCook Junior College in McCook, Nebraska. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in education from Kearny State Teacher's College in Kearney, Nebraska, and graduated with a master's degree from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.

In 1943, he met Mary Virginia Haag in Ogden, Utah. They were married Dec. 30, 1943, in Ogden and were the parents of seven children.

His 33 year career in education began in 1956, in Chapman, Nebraska. He taught in several other locations before becoming the principal of the Burlington Grade School in 1970. He retired as principal of Burlington Middle School in 1989.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, on Dec. 5, 2000; his oldest daughter, Mary Joe, who died as an infant; sisters, Nellene and Willey Sue; and brother, Wallace.

Survivors include his sons, Ron Logan, Cyrus Logan and wife, Patricia, all of Madison, Kansas, and Joe Logan of Riverton, Minnesota; daughters, Belinda Ball of St. Joseph, Missouri, LeAnne Thompson and husband, Mike of Shawnee, and Ruby Kaniewski and husband, Kurt of Topeka, Kansas; half-brother, Mike of Laurel, Mississippi; 26 grandchildren; and 41 great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian burial is Tuesday, 10 a.m., at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Burlington. Graveside services will follow services at 2:30 p.m. at Calvary Cemetery in Augusta, Kansas.

Rosary is today, 6:30 p.m., at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington with visitation following.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in his memory to the Kansas University Endowment Alzheimer and Memory Program c/o Susan Fletcher, Mail Stop 3012, 3901 Rainbow Blvd. Kansas City, Kansas 66160 or sent in care of the funeral home.

Jones Funeral Home of Burlington is in charge of the arrangements.