Obituary for Edwin Logue
Edwin Dwight Logue
February 17, 1927 to August 4, 2017
Ed succumbed to advanced Alzheimer’s disease and died in his home with family at his bedside. He is survived by his adored wife of 69 years, Lois; son, Ken and wife Teresa, grandchildren, Katie and husband Rob Marreel, great grandchildren Ethan and Anna, grandson, Eric, granddaughter Chrissy and her husband Adam Brennan, great grandchildren Logan and Zachary; daughter Diane and husband Charles Byles, grandson, Travis and wife Ashley, great granddaughters, Isabelle and Hadassah, granddaughter, Beth; son Don and wife Debbie, grandchildren Brian and Kelsey; daughter Anita and husband Dean Huggins, grandson Kevin, granddaughter Sonia and husband Steve Monks, granddaughter, Natalie; and daughter Barbara and husband Bob Kahl, granddaughter Heather Fousek and great grandsons Gabriel and Logan, grandson Scott and wife, Brittany and great granddaughter Zoey.
Ed was born in Oregon City, Oregon to Edwin and Ruth Logue, Sr. His mother died two days after he was born. He was raised by his grandparents Melvin and Matilda Swanson and aunt, Margaret Darr, in Oregon City.
Ed worked in the papermill during his high school years. He enlisted in the Army before graduating and served in Europe directly after World War II. He was stationed in Cortina, Italy. During his R-and-R he skied in the Swiss Alps and learned to sail on the Mediterranean. He was invited to join the military ski team but wanted to return home. He completed his GED after returning home and took classes at Lewis and Clark College. His passion was flying. He hitch-hiked to the Dalles, Oregon for flying lessons on weekends while working for United Airlines as a baggage handler and ramp worker at the Portland Airport.
The Vanport flood brought Ed and Lois together when the Portland Airport operations were transferred to the much smaller Troutdale airport where Lois worked for the Civil Aeronautics Administration in the communications department. They married in 1948.
Ed provided for his young family with a variety of sales jobs including selling nylons and milk delivery. He owned and operated a service station and had a large Del Monte Meat Company delivery route. He moved his family to Hillsboro, Oregon in 1964 and worked as a flight instructor in fixed wing, gliders, helicopters, instruments including VFR and IFR for Hillsboro Aviation and Eagle Flightways later becoming Chief Pilot for both. He delighted his kids by wagging the wings of his plane as flew over his homes in Milwaukie and Hillsboro. He was also a Chief Pilot for Aurora Aviation and was a Federal Aviation Administration flight inspector. He lead an aviation Explorer Scout program in 1966. An injury to his hearing ended his flying career. He worked for Payless Drug managing the audiovisual department and managed the maintenance department at Silver Wheel Freightlines, then became an insurance agent for Farmers Insurance Group until his retirement.
Ed served in the Army (1944-1949), Army National Guard (1954-1965), Army Reserves 1981-1987) and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 3. He and Lois served in the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Portland. While living in Hillsboro he was a faithful volunteer for the Hillsboro Fire Department from 1969 to 1986.
Ed was a member of Hillsboro Christian Church, Somerset Christian Church, Cornelius Christian Church and Harvest Community Church. He attended Calvary Chapel Worship Center with family when he was feeling well. His quiet faith was strong and family members have fond memories of his prayers at family get togethers.
He felt his greatest accomplishment was raising his five children he fondly referred to as “his thundering herd.” He instilled a love of the great outdoors in his family taking them on many adventures to the Coast and back roads of Oregon. He spent hours on his sailboat on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. He often sketched scenes and later transformed them into pen and ink drawings or paintings. He took up fly fishing, fly tying and had a fly fishing tackle shop in the back of his insurance agency. He took up mountain bike riding enjoying long rides through the farm country of Hillsboro. He was always playful but strict and looked for the good in every situation.
His illness robbed him of all of his capacities except the expression of love for his wife, “Lowey”, family and gratitude to his caregivers.
— John Gillespie Magee, Jr
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air… .
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.