George Albert Logan, Jr.

  • Born: July 8, 1927
  • Died: May 14, 2018
  • Location: Rock Falls, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

1002 12th Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family

George A. Logan passed away peacefully at home on Monday, May 14 surrounded by his immediate family.

George was born July 8, 1927 in Rock Falls, the son of Ernest O. and Mary (Smith) Logan. He graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1945 and was a life-long resident of Rock Falls. Upon graduation George joined the US Army and served during World War II from 1945-47. He was a member of Headquarters Company of the War Department at Ft. Myers, VA and worked in both the War Department and the Pentagon. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant, T3. George married his high school sweetheart Patricia "Pat" Ryan on April 3, 1946 in Washington, DC. They have two children, George (Linda) Logan Jr. and Kimberly (Anthony) Poci, both of Rock Falls. They have three grandchildren, Heather (Andrew) Klingsporn of Duluth, MN, Leslie Spangler of Rock Falls, and Ryan (Kristi) Logan of Duluth, MN. They have a total of 8 great grandchildren. George is also survived by one niece, Jacqui Strader and daughter of Sterling, one nephew Joseph (Sheila) Ryan and family of Evergreen Park, IL, and his faithful cat, Fanny.

George was employed by the City of Rock Falls Fire Department for a total of 35 years, 2 paid-on-call and 33 full-time. He retired as Chief of the Department in 1988. He then went to work for the State of Illinois – Office of the Fire Marshal in the Division of Petroleum & Chemical Safety. He retired in 1992.

George was a life member and a Past-President and Past Lt. Governor of the Rock Falls Optimist Club. He was a Life Member of the International Assn of Fire Chiefs, a Life Member of the Illinois Professional Firefighters Assn, a 42 year member of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Assn, a member of the Rock Falls American Legion, and a longtime member of the Rock Falls Methodist Church.

George was active in many civic functions. He served on the Board of the United Way and was co-chair of their annual event in 1984. He headed the Rock Falls Civic Fund for several years. He was honored by the Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce as a recipient of the Shoulder to the Wheel Award in 1984 and Meritorious Service Award in 2016. He was twice appointed to the Illinois Fire Advisory Board by Governor Jim Thompson. He and the Logan Family were instrumental in the founding of Logan Park and worked with the Coloma Twp. Park Board to make improvements. George was appointed acting Whiteside County Coroner from 1953-1956 and also was an appointed member of the Whiteside County Board for two years. He was elected to the positions of Asst. Supervisor of Coloma Twp., Justice of the Peace, and Constable in earlier years.

George loved to fish, hunt, work in the yard, and play cards. He made several memorable trips to Canada and Minnesota fishing and hunting.

George was preceded in death by his wife Pat, his parents, and three brothers, Ralph, William, and Ellsworth.

Visitation will be at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls on Thursday, May 17 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Funeral service with be at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls on Friday, May 18 at 10:00 AM with Pastor Dr. Solomon Sudhakar of the Rock Falls United Methodist Church officiating and with Fire Department Honors. Burial will immediately follow at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling with Military and Fire Department Honors.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Rock River Hospice and Home.