Vigen Memorial Home obituary – William (Bill) Logan, 83, Keokuk


KEOKUK – William (Bill) Logan’s time for departure to heaven came on the 25th day of January, 2018, while at home. He was born on December 30, 1934 in Keokuk, Iowa, the oldest child of William Archie Logan and Carla Huiskamp Logan. He graduated from Keokuk Senior High School in 1952. While at KHS, he was named to the Iowa Basketball First Team All State and led the Chiefs to the Iowa State Championship Finals his senior year. Like his father, he was also an accomplished tennis player, competing at the State High School tournament for Keokuk. He was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Basketball Hall-of- Fame Players in 1970.

After high school, Bill worked for a summer in San Diego until he was recruited by Bucky O’Connor to play basketball at the University of Iowa.  It turned out to be a wise decision as Bill went on to not only have an illustrious basketball career, but also meet the love of his life, Joan Tyler from Ottumwa. They were married on August 26, 1956 after Bill’s graduation. He was part of the Iowa Hawkeyes’ “Fabulous Five,” an all-sophomore group of starters who finished second in the Big Ten in 1953-1954, and then swept the conference to win consecutive Big Ten Championships in the 1954-55 and 1955-56 seasons. The “Fab Five” also led Iowa to its first two NCAA appearances in those same seasons. As Seniors, the Fab Five finished second in the nation, losing to Bill Russell and the San Francisco Dons in the NCAA Championship game. After the game, the two centers remained lifelong friends based upon the mutual respect developed in that contest. Bill Logan’s number was retired by the Iowa legislature along with teammates Sharm Scheuerman, Carl Cain, Bill Seaberg, and Bill Schoof. Only the numbers of the Fabulous Five were retired by an act of the Iowa legislature.

Along with two other members of the Fabulous Five, Bill was voted one of twenty players to be a member of the University of Iowa’s all-century basketball team. He was inducted into the University of Iowa Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991.

In 1957, he joined his father working as a community banker at the State Central Bank in Keokuk. During his time at the bank, he played a key role in starting and supporting many local businesses and was still serving as its Chairman of the Board.  Bill loved his home town of Keokuk where he took an active leadership role in many community organizations including service as: a member of the Keokuk City Council, YMCA Board of Directors, Keokuk Water Works Board, President of the Keokuk Rotary Club, St. John’s Vestry, Mason’s Shriner, Keokuk Airport Commission and others. He also served as the President of the Iowa Bankers Association in 1984 during the farm crisis, supported the University of Iowa: School of   Dentistry and Hospital; Lifetime Member of the Foundation Board; President’s Club; and belonged to the Sportsmen’s Pilots’ Association.

Bill and Joan enjoyed traveling and visited all seven continents. He was an avid pilot and outdoorsman who enjoyed: hunting, fishing, trap and skeet shooting, handball, racquetball, golf, boating, skiing and scuba diving.

He is survived by three sisters: Sandy Logan Bishop (Dick), Julie Logan Gaty (Chuck), and Ann Logan Chambers. His five children also survive: William Tyler Logan (Julia); Catherine Logan Piper (Scott); Laura Logan-Saultz; William Archie Logan II (Chris); and William Daniel Logan. He was extremely proud of his grandchildren and enjoyed teaching them whenever the opportunity arose: William Logan II; Tori Logan Smith (Jeff); William Ian Logan; Chase Carla Piper; Kira Logan-Gurrola (Aldo); Logan Piper; Alicia Logan; McKenzie Piper; Brittany Logan; Alexandra Logan; Sydney Logan-Saultz; William Connor Piper; and Nevaeh Logan.

Arrangements are being made with Vigen Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday, February 2nd at the funeral home starting at 1:00 p.m. with family meeting friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Services will be at St. John’s Episcopal Church at Fourth and Concert Street in Keokuk on Saturday February 3rd at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Oakland Cemetery in Keokuk, Iowa.

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