LOGAN, Ray Ellyson Jr.

Retired Master Sergeant Ray Ellyson Logan, Jr., age 93, passed peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family on Saturday, January 31, 2009. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 in Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown with Elder Larry Hausenfluke officiating. Interment will follow with full military honors in BerryCreekCemetery. Those wishing to pay their respects may call at the funeral home prior to the service. R.E. and his identical twin, Jefferson Davis Logan (J.D.), were born in Northtown on January 18, 1916. When the First Baptist Church in Georgetown broke ground in 1924, R.E., the youngest member at age eight, and Mrs. Suttles, the oldest member at age 91, laid the cornerstone. He graduated from Georgetown High School and attended Texas A & M. R.E. grew up ranching cattle, goats, and sheep on the family’s -V- Ranch (now Berry’s Creek Country Club and subdivision) in Georgetown. R.E.’s family loved to hunt deer. His mother, Fannie, was an excellent marksman. But R.E. held great reverence for all life and preferred his shots to be photographic. He told many fascinating stories of ranching life, including his horse Diane and the bull Martel. He joined the Army Air Corps on October 28, 1940, and attended aerial photography school at Lowery Field, Colorado. He served 20 years in the Army as a photographer and more than 11 years with Civil Service at Fort Eustis and Fort Belvoir, Virginia. A number of his photographs were published in the Army’s official “Stars and Stripes.” In 1956 he was assigned to photograph Pacific H-bomb tests, including three simulated atomic blasts at Iwo Jima. He lived in the Phillipines, Korea, Japan, Okinawa, Arizona, California, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Texas. In Korea he served special (volunteer) duty as Santa Claus to Korean orphans. He married a school teacher, Dell Williams from Fort Worth, in Bakersfield, California, on December 8, 1942. In 1977 they retired to Austin, Texas, where R.E. volunteered for more than 10 years at Seton Hospital. R.E. was a talented artist and his beautiful paintings are proudly hung in the homes and offices of his daughter and grandchildren and his brother J.D. R.E. is preceded in death by his father, Ray Ellyson Logan, Sr., mother Frances Thwing Williams Logan, sister Mattie Pennington and her husband Stanley Pennington, and son Ray Ellyson Logan III (Tad). He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dell Williams Logan, twin brother J.D. Logan, daughter Linda Logan and her children, Jocelyn Courtney Logan, Christian Logan Hancock, and Beau Charles Hancock, niece Kathrine Pennington, and granddaughters Melynda Martinez of Arizona and Jennifer Hovencamp of Maryland. He has four greatgrandchildren, Madelyn Martinez, Carlos Martinez, Nicole Hovencamp, and Melanie Hovencamp. The family wishes to thank Dr. Judith Betts, Dr. Kara Dlabal, and the nursing staff of Seton Hospital and Hospice Austin for their exemplary care and support. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Seton Hospital and Hospice Austin.