James Hensley “Jimmie” Logan


James Hensley “Jimmie” Logan

Trafalgar, Johnson County, Indiana, USA
Death 12 Oct 2012 (aged 85)
Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, USA
Burial Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, USA
Plot Logan Family Plot
Memorial ID 98729811 View Source

James (Jim) Hensley Logan

Jim Logan, 85, passed away Friday morning at Franklin Meadows Nursing Home, Franklin, Indiana. He was born June 9, 1927 in Hensley Twp., Johnson Co., Indiana to
Hiram and Hilda (Johnston) Logan at the "Porter home place" near Trafalgar.

Little Jimmie was baptized at the United Methodist Church, Morgantown, Indiana, but in the late 60s, he transferred his membership to the Baptist Church in Morgantown. He was also a trustee of Friendship Church near where he was born; the land had been donated by one of his ancestors.

When he started school, Jim went to a one room schoolhouse, just down the road from the Old Home Place. His teacher was his aunt, Lottie Logan Hoagland. Jim graduated in 1944 from Trafalgar High School at the age of 16, then attended Purdue University. From 1946-1948, he was in business with his father and brother, Dean, selling Ferguson and Case farm equipment at Hiram Logan and Sons just west of Franklin.

Jim was united in marriage March 16, 1952 to the former Evelyn Lois Good, Listie, Pennsylvania at the Grace Evangelical United Brethern Church, Somerset, Pennsylvania in a double-ring ceremony. After a two week Florida honeymoon, the couple set up housekeeping near Peru, Indiana. Jim farmed his own 320 acres there, in addition to several hundred acres at Bunker Hill AFB, Bunker Hill, Indiana (now Grissom Air Reserve Base). From 1960-1966, Jim owned and operated Logan Construction/Celtic Homes. During the 1970s, he worked for a church building company. In the 1980s and 1990s, Jim traveled the USA remodeling K-Mart and Target stores. He retired from construction work in September 2003. For a few years, Jim owned and operated the Biograph Video Store in New Port Richey, Florida. He named the store after the movie theater in Chicago where John Dillinger was killed in 1934. When Jim was a youngster, he got to meet Dillinger and crew when they stopped at his home near Trafalgar, Indiana, asking for directions. The meeting made a lifelong impression.

Jim always had a strong constitution. As a child of 3, Jimmie contracted Saint Vidus' Dance, "a motor nerve disorder characterized by irregular involuntary jerky movements of the limbs and facial muscles. It is thought to be caused by sequence of rheumatic fever." (medical-dictionary/ He was given the typical treatment of the day: dosages of strychnine, increasing and decreasing the amounts, for several years.
Due to this treatment, his nerve endings became deadened to pain. This probably saved his life in 1971 when he was badly burned on his face, hands, and arms. Once healed, Jim went back to work like nothing had happened. The only time he didn't go to work that I remember was when he either had kidney stones, or jack-knifed from the roof of a house!

In Feb 2011, he slipped on ice and broke his ankle, also hitting his head on the bumper of his van. He was able to crawl back to the house to have his wife call for help. I don't know how he did it! Any other person would have blacked out from the pain! He had a concussion from the head trauma, found only after badgering the doctors for 2 weeks for a CT scan. This accelerated his dementia/Alzheimers. It became worse after his wife died on Halloween 2011, to the point he would hardly open his eyes and very rarely spoke.

Jim was a fiercely patriotic man. In 1974, he ran for the House of Representatives, 6th District, Democratic Party, against Lee Hamilton. He garnered 25% of the vote. In 1976, he again ran in the same district, Democratic Party, House of Representatives, against Dave Evans. In 1978, he ran in the 2nd District, American Party, House of Representative, against Floyd Fithian.

Jim was a big sports fan. He played basketball for at Trafalgar High School and he loved the Chicago Cubs, Purdue football and basketball. He was a fan of Nascar, also; #24 Jeff Gordon was a favorite driver.

Genealogy was one of Jim's great passions. Hensley Twp., where Trafalgar is located, was named after his g-g-grandfather, Richardson Hensley, the first settler in the area. Jim was a 3rd cousin to Governor Paul V. McNutt of Indiana, and had a letter from McNutt to Jim's mother regarding their family members. He also found he was the 35th great-grandson of Charlemagne, or Charles I, King of the Franks, King of the Lombards, and Holy Roman Emperor (768-814 AD). King John of England, of Magna Carta fame, was his 23rd great-grandfather. Jim was president of the Sturgeon Family reunion in 1976, the get-together being held in Louisville, Kentucky. I (Joy) used to play scribe for him when we went to the library, or to graveyards, searching for long-gone relatives. Jim passed his love of genealogy on to most of his children.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, a son (Kevin/Bud), a great-grandson (James Tyler Logan), his brother (Dean) and his parents. Surviving are daughters Joy (Doug) Burkhart, Seymour, IN; Kathy (Randy) Creamer, Warsaw, IN; sons Kerry (Coni) Logan, Syracuse, UT; and Kit (Jennifer) Logan, Edinburgh, IN. Grandchildren: Matthew, Joshua, and Aaron Logan; Jen Logan; Krysta (Mark) Utter; and Tiffany Logan. Great-grandchildren: Jayden Cutler and Gage Utter.

The funeral will be handled by Eskew-Eaton, Edinburgh, IN. Service Oct 17, 2012 10 AM, Graveside 11 AM. Bagpipes will be played at the gravesite, especially playing Amazing Grace, one of Dad's favorite hymns.

Note: This was to be the obituary for my Dad to be published in the Daily Journal, Franklin, Johnson Co., Indiana, but the paper (all papers I've come across anyway) charged so much, it had to be pared down to the bare bones. So, instead this will be Dad's eulogy at the funeral.
Official (costly) Obituary
Daily Journal, Frannklin, Johnson Co., Indiana Oct 15, 2012

James "Jim" H. Logan, 85, of Edinburgh, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at Franklin Meadows Nursing Home.

He was born June 9, 1927, in Hensley Township in Johnson County to the late Hiram and Hilda (Johnston) Logan.

He married Evelyn L. (Good) Logan March 16, 1952. She preceded him in death Oct. 31, 2011.

Survivors include his children, Kerry (Coni) Logan of Syracuse, Utah, Kit (Jennifer) Logan of Edinburgh, Karen (Doug) Burkhart of Seymour and Kathy (Randy) Creamer of Warsaw; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Logan; a great-grandchild; and a brother, Ernest Dean Logan.

He was a graduate of Trafalgar High School, class of 1944, at age 16. He played basketball there. He attended Purdue University from 1946 to 1948. (This part about Purdue is wrong).

He was baptized at United Methodist Church in Morgantown and then transferred to Morgantown Baptist Church. He was a former trustee of Friendship Church.

He was retired as a self-employed carpenter.

He was very patriotic and ran for U.S. Congress in 1974, 1976 and 1978.

He was interested in genealogy and enjoyed sports. He was a Chicago Cubs fan, and enjoyed Purdue football and basketball. He was a NASCAR fan, especially of Jeff Gordon.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Eskew-Eaton Funeral Home in Edinburgh.

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