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Francis Raymond “Ray” Logan, who was in Hiroshima 10 days after the atomic bomb was dropped, died at St. John’s Lutheran Home Fischer Cottage on Jan. 29, 2012, on his 93rd birthday.
He was born to Ed and Lillian Logan on Jan. 29, 1919, in Fishtail. He graduated from Columbus High School in 1938.
He earned a two-year teaching certificate and taught one year in a country school near Cody, Wyo., before enlisting in the Navy. He was a chief electrician’s mate in the Navy, serving the majority of his time on the USS Haynes, an escort destroyer.
After the war, he completed a degree in elementary education. He ran Logan Grocery on Montana Avenue with his mother while working as a construction electrician at what is now Exxon Refinery.
His Naval Reserve unit was called to active duty in Korea. He met Lois Coffin in San Francisco and they were married in Old St. Mary’s Church on Oct. 6, 1951, after his return from duty.
Mr. Logan worked at the refinery for Carter Oil as an electrician until his retirement from Exxon Refinery in 1980.
He was active in Boy and Girl Scouts with his children. He was an active member of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union. He was a longtime member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church’s Holy Name Society. He also volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul Society, fixing small appliances.
Survivors include two sons, Carl Logan of Amery, Wis., and Ed Logan of Billings; two daughters, Mary Graden of Moscow, Idaho, and Virginia Logan of Glendive; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Vigil Services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at noon Feb. 3 at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral. Committal will be in Rosebud Cemetery in Absarokee.
Memorials may be made to the St. John’s Lutheran Foundation, c/o Activities Department, 3940 Rimrock Road, Billings, MT 59102.