Life Story / Obituary
To everyone he encountered along the way, George Logan was a positive blessing to know and love. He expelled warmth and care to all, and with his uncanny, sarcastic sense of humor, George had ways all his own for lightening the mood. He brought laughter and smiles to the days of many with his genuine and energetic spirit. A friend of many and a stranger to none, he could strike up a conversation with anyone. Truly a people person, George found the good in all. Deeply missed, George leaves a loving legacy always to be remembered.
By 1967, great cultural changes were taking place across the U.S. The first heart transplant took place and the continued presence of American troops in Vietnam increased to 475,000. Peace rallies against the war grew in number, miniskirts became the norm, long hair was in, and 1967 was forever known as the “summer of love”. Yet in the Midwestern city of Fulton, Missouri, George and Reah (Payton) Logan were overjoyed to announce the birth of their son on July 20, 1967, whom they lovingly named, George Logan II. The birth of George Trenton Logan II was affected by his father being drafted into the Vietnam war. His father spent two years away from him.
George was raised in southwestern Michigan on a small blueberry farm across the street from his grandparent's home. Every summer he would mostly spend his time picking blueberries on his grandparent's farm. He would also spend summer time going to the movies with his sisters and cousins which is probably why he grew to love movies in his adulthood.
In addition to spending time at his grandparents during the summer in the fall he attended Bangor Public schools. While attending that school George always had a crush on Missy. He graduated from Bangor High School in 1985. Unfortunately, they did not continue dating once he graduated. They lost touch when he attended college at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. After attending that college, he later decided he wanted to enter the workforce, and moved to Texas to attend college for a year while working for an electrician. He finally decided he no longer wanted to attend college and just worked. After five years in Texas, he moved back home with his mother to work in the nuclear field.
Kiersten Ann Logan, his first child, was from his first marriage. George met his first wife while doing nuclear work in Virginia. They married in New York, and then moved back to Michigan. Unfortunately, the marriage did not last ending in divorce. He continued his relationship with his daughter as well as visiting and encouraging her to come and live with him for a time.
George later found love in the arms of his soul mate, Missy Scharf. High school sweethearts, they liked many of the same things and as a couple they were very compatible. George was a lot of fun in school and she was drawn to his caring, upbeat personality. Although a life for George and his sweetheart wasn't meant to be at the time, fate stepped in when George and his first-love and high school sweetheart crossed paths again. Both divorced, they found their way back to each other and on August 20, 2001, George and Missy were happily married and thankful for second chances. They enjoyed going to the movies, playing pool and spending time with friends. George and Missy added to their family with the birth of their daughter, Kailee. George counted the day he married Missy and the births of his daughters as some of the best days of his life.
George came to love cars while growing up. His dad had an Oldsmobile 442 that George loved. He always remembered urging his father to “drive faster,” beginning his passion for muscle cars…and speed! As a family George took his girls to many car shows and took in drag races at a nearby racetrack. He taught his daughter, Kiersten a lot about cars. For George, the only thing better than watching other people drive fast was driving fast himself. Kiersten often told her dad to “slow down”, while Kailee on the other hand liked going fast. They especially loved finding hilly roads to drive fast over.
George's other hobby was four-wheeling. He and his family rode on his grandparent's blueberry farm. Missy would always be nervous because George enjoyed driving fast and furious. However, it was always loads of fun for George and his girls whenever they went riding, even when they’d get stuck in mud.
George always loved fireworks and the Fourth of July. He would compete with the neighbors for the best fireworks display. George would wait until the neighbors fired up all of theirs before he lit off his big finale.
Family was the center of George’s heart. Over the years they enjoyed many special times together and made treasured memories along the way. When Kiersten was home for the summers he always took her blueberry picking on the family farm. Kiersten often called her father to help sort through problems and George always had something meaningful to say. Although he liked talking, George was a good listener, too, especially when it came to his girls.
George loved shopping, particularly with Missy. When she’d find something, she liked he’d tell her to, “Get it in all the colors!” While she tried things on, George would continue shopping, coming back with suggestions of what went well together. Shoes, on the other hand, were George’s weak point. As a matter of fact, one could say he actually collected shoes and he felt everyone should have a lot of them.
Another favorite past time was his love of the arts including movies, music, and television. Some of his favorite music was Rap (Tupac Shakur, Easy E, Run DMC and Heavy D), 80’s bands, Motown and R&B. On TV he was a fan of Family Guy, old comedies, and documentaries. However, George’s favorite thing was anything cars. He loved looking at them on the internet, watching YouTube videos, and automotive magazines. He knew all the stats about cars and enjoyed having conversations about them with anyone who would listen. For a while he was into building die cast models of cars and actually trusted his girls to play with them.
George's first kidney transplant was a donation from his youngest sister Marjorie. The doctor's stated they were a perfect match. The donated kidney was found upside down in his sister and didn't start working in George until it was placed the same way. It lasted for ten years, and he was able to return to working in the nuclear field. After starting his new family, he left the nuclear field for a position closer to home at Whirlpool. After the donated kidney failed, he was no longer able to work full time due to dialysis. Being such a people person, George sought out part time employment. He obtained a security position with Mt. Zion Baptist Church where he enjoyed relationships gained there. He simply loved being around people, and with his upbeat and happy personality, it was a joy to share George’s company. He had a way of making people love him; he was just that kind of guy. He remained lighthearted and positive throughout his medical issues and was a source of inspiration for many. He was indeed the life of the party right until the end.
While there are many things George will be remembered for, his legacy lives on in the way he used his sarcastic yet truthful humor. He was always a little skeptical about restaurants, and he warned never to take samples of food because they had fly booty on them. And he was very weary of sales people, mostly car salesmen, because George just knew too much about cars to have anything pulled over on him. George mixed humor with nearly everything he said and did; it was one of the things that made him the special man that he was, and so well loved.
George Logan II, age 51, of Paw Paw, died on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Surviving are his wife, Missy; two children: Kiersten and Kailee; his grandson, Aiden Hurt; parents; two sisters, Renee (Gerald) Mumphrey and Marjorie Logan; nephew, Gabriel Mumphrey; and niece, Reah Mumphrey. Cremation will take place. Services will be held on Friday (Oct 19) at 4:00 PM at Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Dr. Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900. A reception will follow in the Life Story Center where food and refreshments will be served. Please visit George’s personal web page at www.betzlerfuneralhome.com where you can archive a favorite memory or photo and sign his online guestbook before coming to the funeral home.