Howard S. Logan
June 13, 1923 ‒ September 22, 2015
Longtime Galion pilot, Howard S. Logan, Sr., 92, of Galion entered eternal rest Tuesday afternoon, September 22, 2015 at his home after declining health.
He was born June 13, 1923 in Galion to Jay W. Logan and Marie (Shaffer) Logan. A 1942 graduate of Galion High School, he joined the United States Army and fought in Europe during World War II, eventually attaining the rank of Sergeant. Howard received many accolades for his military service, including the Combat Infantry Badge, American Theatre Ribbon, the European American Theatre Ribbon with two Battle Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and one Bronze Star for his notorious fighting in the Rhineland with the 7th Army, 63rd Division.
After returning home from the war, Howard began his career as a tool and die maker at the former North Electric Company in Galion. He eloped to Kentucky with his sweetheart, Donna Mae (Christman) Logan and married on November 1, 1947. They happily celebrated their 65th anniversary before she died December 23, 2012.
Howard’s work as a tool and die maker later took him to Perfection-Cobey Company in Galion, Richland Tool and Die and Hy-com Corporation where he retired in 1988. As Howard tells the story, he was known as “The Wild Man” by his boss but will always be remembered for his dedicated service and sense of humor.
His passion for aviation, however, spanned more than 60 years. A licensed pilot since 1947, Howard often recalled his early flying days, whether it was taking off from Tuttle’s grass strip on Galion’s west side, flying pickerel and perch off the Lake Erie islands in a Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, or dive bombing Lake Erie freighters to scare the crew. He winked when he related some of his more recent “near death experiences” which he was glad to “walk away from!”
In 1988, Howard co-founded Galion Air, Inc. with “Doc” Hale, Ed Rieke and Ray Lyons. He served as the company’s airplane maintenance director for many years and continued as an active board member.
He was a member of Galion Masonic Lodge 414 Free and Accepted Masons, 32nd Degree Member of Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus, Aladdin Temple Shrine and the Galion Shrine Club along with the American Legion Scarbrough Post 243 of Galion.
Surviving family include his son Howard S. “Bud” (Victoria) Logan of Bucyrus; grandson, whom he was most proud of, Todd Logan of Volant, Pennsylvania; four grandchildren, Zach, Morgan, Cori and Piper Logan and brother-in-law, Les Diskosky of Galion. Howard was also very appreciative of his care givers and many friends.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Jeffrey H. Logan and sister, Miriam Diskosky.
The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, September 25, 2015 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will follow at 11 a.m. Friday with Dr. Holbrook Riles, Jr., one of Howard’s flying buddies, officiating.
Burial will follow at Crawford County Memory Gardens with Full Military Honors bestowed by the United States Army and Galion Crestline Veteran’s Military Funeral Detail.
Memorial contributions may be made to HomeCare Matters Hospice in care of the funeral home.
Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Howard Logan, and condolences may be made to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.