Jesse Loyd Logsdon, Jr., 84, died Saturday, July 17 in a Modesto hospital surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in McAlester, OK, the son of Jesse B. and Beulah G. Watts Logsdon.
He farmed with his father on 160 acres in McAlester until he enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. He enlisted in 1944 and was honorably discharged in 1946, having served most of his time in the Philippines.
Mr. Logsdon married Mae Coffman in 1948 in Modesto. Returning to his hometown of McAlester, he worked for Long Bell Lumber Company until it closed. He moved his family to Salida in 1956 and then to Modesto in 1963 where they finished raising their three children. He owned and operated a service station and garage in Salida, and later in Modesto.
In 1975, he married Wanda Hurley. After retirement, they moved to Groveland where he enjoyed gardening and fixing up old cars. After several years, he and his wife moved to Oakdale where he spent his time enjoying family, gardening, and tinkering.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 74.
He was very proud of serving his country and highly respected in the U.S. military forces. During his full life and his many years in business, he left his mark on the hearts of many. He was a selfless man with a heart of gold and will be missed.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda; children, Linda (Tom) Phillips of Oakdale, Betty Croslow of Laramie, WY, Mearl (Kelli) Logsdon of Modesto; stepchildren, Eddie Mack, Monty Hurley, Myrna Stalder; brothers, James Logsdon, Roy Logsdon, Harold Logsdon, all of Oklahoma, Eugene Logsdon, Wayne Logsdon, both of Modesto; sisters, Edith Moffis of Missouri, Gloria Lucas of Sonora; seven grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Beulah; and sister, Bernice Clarke.
Per his request, there will be no service. A family reunion and celebration of life will be held in September in Oakdale.
Salas Brothers Funeral Home, Modesto, in charge of arrangements.
Remembrances may be made in his memory to a veteran’s aid agency of your choice.