Chester C. Logan, 97, of Columbia, passed away Friday, March 30, 2012 at South Hampton Place.
Mr. Logan was born on August 4, 1914 in Sedalia, MO, the son of the late Joab and Anna Logan. He was united in marriage to his beloved wife, Margaret White Logan, who preceded him in death on July 13, 1999. Chester and Margaret were married for 52 years.
Mr. Logan was the owner/operator of West Side Barber Shop at the intersection of Garth and West Broadway for almost four decades. His smiling disposition and ready smile as well as his skill as a barber garnered him a loyal clientele that spanned three generations before his retirement. After selling his barber shop, he became a popular greeter at Wal-Mart before retiring at the age of 92.
Mr. Logan was awarded the Silver Star for action in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. As a forward observer for Patton’s artillery, Logan called in a devastating barrage using proximity fuse shells for the first time in the European theater on German troops preparing for a counter-attack against out-numbered and exhausted American troops. The use of this powerful new weapon had been authorized as a result of a German atrocity in the previous week where more than 150 Allied prisoners-of-war had been machine-gunned in violation of the Geneva Accords. After the war had been concluded, Mr. Logan was selected to serve at the famous Nuremberg trials for Nazi war criminals.
Mr. Logan was an enthusiastic member of the Cosmos Club and served as the organization’s president. He also served as the head of the Columbia Auxiliary Police. He was also actively involved in raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network as well as World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. In 2009, he participated in the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C with other WWII veterans from the mid-Missouri area.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting, frequently taking trips to Bennett Springs, Mo. and to Canada. In his later years, he enjoyed watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball and the University of Missouri football and basketball teams.
Mr. Logan is survived by a grand-daughter, Cindy Hart of Grove, OK, three great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren as well as a sister-in-laws, Dorothy White Van Orman of Fairport, N.Y. and Dorothy Logan of Lee's Summit, Mo. and numerous and nephews and nieces.
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, from 1 p.m. until service time.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 33 E. Broadway, Suite 100, Columbia, MO 65203.
Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com