Gloria Jean Logan, age 89, passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, Illinois of natural causes on Thursday, February 10, 2022.
A life-long resident of Decatur, Illinois, Gloria was known as “Jeannie” to her friends and her side of the family. Gloria Jean met the love of her life, Harry Logan, and they later got married in April of 1953 while Harry was on an Army “10-day pass”. Harry had traveled from Ft. Bragg to Decatur, and they traveled back to Ft. Bragg together after the small ceremony that included each of their moms and a few close friends. After the Army, they found their way back home to Decatur.
The only child of Ted and Roberta Auton, she was eventually raised by a single mother in an era where that was not the norm. She learned the importance of family and friends at an early age, and often lived with extended family members during the school year. Jeannie’s cousin PJ recalls Jean “babysitting” Phyllis and younger sister Janet with the fondest memory of them “learning how to dance”. Jeannie was a homemaker while her kids were younger, serving in the school lunch room and volunteering for parent activities. As the children ventured into their school years, she worked for AE Staley Co nearly 25 years as a PBX operator for the majority of her years there, transitioning to the payroll wagon near the end.
Gloria’s Christian faith began to develop in junior high. She had a close friend who was taking confirmation classes at the local Lutheran Church. Each week she and her friend would discuss what the weekly lesson was about,….Jean always had questions and her friend would relay them back to the Pastor and he would respond. After about the third week of questions, the Pastor encouraged the friend to invite Jean to class. Although Jean completed the classes, she had felt it was too awkward to be in the final ceremony with no family present. She and Harry raised their family in the Lutheran Church.
Harry and Jean spent most of their lives traveling by car around the country (because Jean would not fly) to the National Bowling Congress Tournaments. They visited many cities across this great land, from Niagara Falls to Tampa, and Billings to Reno. One year the two of them attended a RELIV convention in January, and chose to take a scenic and memorable train ride through the Rockies there and back. After Harry retired, he and Jean both became Certified Bowling Instructors through the Dick Ritger school in Ithica, New York. They both excelled in the classes and one year Jean was awarded “Coach of the Year” for her work with the Saturday youth bowlers.
Gloria Jean had a stroke just a few weeks past her 80th birthday, and it slowed her down quite a bit. Her engaging conversational speech and outgoing personality had to take a back seat to a new reality. She continued to smile and always made the most of her life and her cherished relationships.
Gloria Jean is survived by husband Harry, a faithful and loving life companion through their 68 years together, daughter Rebecca (Jon) Tanzyus, sons Derek Logan and Joseph Logan (Yvonne Tieu), grandchildren, Jacob (Stacey) Logan, Caleb (Brandy) Logan, Zechariah Logan and Olivia Tanzyus, great-grandchildren Erica, Melody and Hendrix, special Uncle Howard Buoy, and many close cousins, extended family and cherished friends.
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