He 'lived out his values'

Whether packing fun into trips or caring about others, Logue made life interesting

Whether packing fun into trips or caring about others, Logue made life interesting

May 21, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Editor's note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail runs "A Life Remembered." The story takes a look back - through the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others - at a member of the community who died recently. Today's "A Life Remembered" is about Leroy E. "Bud" Logue, who died May 11 at the age of 77. His obituary appeared in the May 13 edition of The Herald-Mail.

HALFWAY - Months and months of planning went into the Logue family's cross-country trip to California many years ago.

Every day, Leroy E. "Bud" Logue spread out maps and planned, planned, planned.

But he always built flexibility and time for spontaneous fun into family vacations.

"He captured the moment," said Tamara Reisinger, one of Logue's two daughters.

Logue, a Halfway resident who spent 40 years working for the U.S. Postal Service, died on May 11, the day after he turned 77. But "he always looked and acted young," Reisinger said.


Debra Anthony, Logue's other daughter, said her father was dependable and helpful. He did housework and cooked at a time when that was unusual for men.

Anthony, who lives in Halfway, described her father as "quiet, yet funny," with amusing phrases for many situations.

When her father called his young daughters in for dinner, he would yell outside something like "Hiyocko!" His call wasn't mistaken for other parents'.

Family members often turned to him for "general guidance" on everything from travel to cars, she said.

He was healthy, too, said Shirley Logue, Leroy's wife of 54 years.

In October, Leroy showed obvious signs of being sick. Shirley said he was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. After 18 days, there was no diagnosis. He went home.

Shirley said that Leroy collapsed in the shower, then went back to Johns Hopkins for 28 days. Again, no diagnosis. She stayed with him the whole time.

Finally, doctors determined he had primary central nervous lymphoma, Reisinger said. He had four operations on his brain.

"After they diagnosed him, he went fast," Shirley Logue said.

As he drifted in and out of reality, Leroy, a one-time church deacon, seemed to appreciate talking individually with relatives, discussing how short life is, Shirley said.

"Are you ready to meet the Lord?" he asked them, satisfied when they said they were.

Reisinger, who lives in Mechanicsburg, Pa., admired her father's "integrity and his strength of character" as he was dying.

"He still was able to live out his values," she said.

Growing up in Brunswick, Md., Leroy Logue wanted his life to go one way, but readily accepted when it went another.

Shirley Logue said he had a scholarship to go to what now is Frostburg State University. It was a teachers' college at the time.

But his parents wanted him to work. He chose the U.S. Postal Service.

Leroy was a letter carrier for 18 years, first in Brunswick, then Hagerstown.

He switched to the postal inspection service, but stopped after two months because the frequent travel kept him away from his family.

He went into management. His last assignment was as postmaster in Williamsport from 1983 until he retired in 1989.

Shirley Logue said she met Leroy at Potomac Park Church Camp in Falling Waters, W.Va., in 1950. She was 17. He was 20. She instantly liked "his looks and his friendliness."

Leroy joined the U.S. Army the following year. They got married during a 10-day furlough. He was sent to Korea five months later and stayed 14 months.

Shirley said he started with the signal corps, but transferred to a postal unit.

When he retired from the post office, hobbies filled his time.

In his woodworking shop at home, he made a cradle, a hobbyhorse, a bookcase, a dollhouse and many other things, his family remembered.

He tinkered with Z-gauge trains, which are 1:220 scale.

"It took a lot of patience, which Dad had a lot of," Reisinger said.

Reserved and humble, Leroy preferred not to be recognized for the 8-foot centerpiece he made to go behind his church's pulpit, his family said.

Travel was another favorite pastime, a love both daughters acquired.

Leroy and Shirley Logue saw Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Scandinavia, Alaska, Hawaii and other parts of Europe.

Their last overseas trip was to Italy last October. Leroy grew sick a week after they got back.

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