Robert Eugene Logan, 85, of Franklin Grove passed away at his home on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. He was born Oct. 29, 1931 to John B. and Lottie V. (Pitts) Logan at Lindenwood, Ogle County, Illinois.
Robert E. (Bob) Logan owned and operated Bob Logan Tractor Company in Franklin Grove and several other business ventures in Franklin Grove for more than 60 years. He bought and sold farm equipment and tractors throughout the Midwest and southern Canada and shipped parts throughout the United States and into several foreign countries. Through the years he sold everything from cantaloupes to Christmas trees and traded for such unusual items as two live brown bears and 400 pairs of shoes.
He played the guitar, enjoyed country and folk music, and expressed great pride in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. He hauled scrap metals from the age of 14 and had a load on his pickup to go to the scrap yard at the time of his death.
Bob Logan is survived by daughters Linda S. Deets and Debra (Tom) Mead of Amboy, Julie A. Logan of Dixon, Jeri Dempsey of Franklin Grove and sons Robert E. Logan and Marty E. (Loretta) Logan of Franklin Grove and John A. Logan of Rockford. He is survived by 25 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Merle Sherman of New Mexico and brothers William J. Logan of Ocala, Fla. and Gary (Brenda) Logan of Brownwood, Texas.
He was preceded in death by daughter Misti A. Logan and sons Richard A. Logan (died in infancy) and Stuart J. Logan. He was also preceded in death by his parents and sisters Frances Huxol, Jeanette Gilroy, Marlene Ebaugh, Hedy McCoy, Jo O’Briant and brother John B. Logan.
Private graveside services for the family will be held Friday, Oct. 6 at the Franklin Grove Cemetery following a family viewing. An open house celebration of Bob Logan’s life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 2 to 6 p.m. for family and his many friends to enjoy live music, personal sharing and refreshments at the Franklin Grove American Legion Hall.
Funeral arrangements were completed by Beverage-Lyons Family Funeral Home, Ashton, Illinois.