Eldon Harry Logan

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Eldon Harry Logan passed away October 23, 2017 at the age of 93 at Cumberland Healthcare.  He was a World War II veteran.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 18, 1924 he was the son of Dorice Thauvette and step son of Rene’ Thauvette.
Eldon grew up mostly in Hyannis (Cape Cod), Massachusetts and Cedarville (Plymouth), Massachusetts and lived a good part of his adult life in Hyannis.  He moved to Wisconsin over 30 years ago and loved the people and the area.
In 1935 when he was almost 12 he and his grandfather watched the opening of the new Sagamore Bridge at the Cape Cod Canal.  It was an exciting day!
Eldon signed up for the Navy two weeks after Pearl Harbor in December 1941 at the age of 17.  His mother had to give her permission because he was under age.  He received his diploma from Barnstable High School in Hyannis in 1942 even though he was still in the Navy.
He was stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Maine for a while during the war and was honorably discharged in 1945.
He and his wife, the late Sally Dean Logan, lived for a short time in Maine and Boston and later returned to Hyannis to raise their children.
Eldon graduated from Cape Cod Secretarial School and also radio school in Boston.  Years later he attended Cape Cod Community College.  He was a smart man and always did well in school.
He worked for his in-laws (Dean’s record, tv, and radio store on Main St. in Hyannis) for twenty years installing and building tv antennas, arranging window displays, etc.  He and his father-in-law were at the Hyannis Armory on election night for John F. Kennedy setting up speakers for the crowd.  As a child he also was a golf caddy a few times for Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and later in life he installed antennas for the Kennedys at the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport.
When Cape Cod Cablevision started up on the Cape they contacted Eldon after hearing of his experience and his knowledge of all the underground cables.  They hired him and he became vice president and general manager.  A few times he had to climb a very tall tower (sometimes in the dark) to try and figure out what was causing a problem with the cable reception.  Dick Leghorn, president and owner, was very good to him and he enjoyed working for the company.  
He was also on the Hyannis Fire Department as a firefighter and member of the rescue squad for about twenty years.  He retired as a lieutenant.  He loved that job and enjoyed all the guys at the fire station.  He had fun with them and also liked spending time at their camp in New Hampshire.  
After his Cablevision career he worked for his friend doing poleline construction.  He was still good at climbing poles. 
While living in Wisconsin he worked on a couple farms and enjoyed the work very much even when some cattle got loose and he had to chase them to round them up!
He told his family that the most rewarding job was with a program in Wisconsin called Daybreak.  It is a respite adult daycare program in Barron County for people with Alzheimer’s disease, confusion, and memory loss.  He worked there as an employee for quite a few years and later as a volunteer.  He loved his co-workers.  It was a great bunch of very caring people and he made many friends there.
He was a past commander of the Barnstable American Legion, Post 206 on Cape Cod.  He’s was also a member of the American Legion, Anderson-Thomson, Post 98 in Cumberland.  He always looked great in his uniform and he marched in a number of parades on the Cape.
Eldon delivered Meals-on-Wheels for Barron County and liked visiting with clients.  It was a very satisfying job for him and it really made his day when he saw them smile.
He was a friend of Bill W. for over 30 years and met many wonderful people through the organization both in Massachusetts and Wisconsin.
He loved learning, reading, history, certain tv shows, the New Yorker magazine cartoons and articles, all kinds of music, crossword puzzles, documentaries, helping people, animals, kids, horseback riding and scuba diving, being with friends and family, and he enjoyed many other things like the time he drove Joel Grey’s (“Cabaret”) equipment from the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis to his next gig in the Catskills in New York state.
He also played the banjo in his younger years and was good at it.  He loved his ham radio and until recently kept a log of all the cities and countries he connected with.  He also had a map on the wall in his home and would mark each and every place that came through on his radio.  And he still knew Morse Code from his time in the Navy.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He leaves a brother, Andre’ Thauvette, of Murphy, North Carolina and five children:  Sandra Medeiros (Jack) of Massachusetts, Susan (Steve) Meador of Virginia, Deborah Logan (Ron) of Washington state, Jane Logan of Massachusetts, and son, James.
He leaves four grandchildren whom he was very proud of: Joan, Susan, Dana, and Dustin all of Massachusetts.  He also had nine wonderful great grandchildren.  
The family would like to thank everyone at the hospital, Cumberland Healthcare, who took such great care of our father.  We appreciate all you did for Eldon.  A huge thank you to the nurses, nurses aides, physical and occupational therapists, and Dr. Barbara Ankarlo.  You were all so good to him.  Also, thank you to Dr. Lingen who helped him in the emergency room.
The family would also like to thank everyone at Cumberland Care and Rehab for helping our dad feel welcomed and cared for in his new home last June.  You all went above and beyond to accommodate him.  We so appreciate everything you did for him.  He really enjoyed all of you and living at your facility.  He told us he had everything he needed right there!  
There will be a graveside service at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts (Cape Cod) in the spring of 2018.  The date will be announced.
Memorial donations in Eldon’s memory may be made to the Barron County Office on Aging, Daybreak Program, 335 E. Monroe Ave., Room 112, Barron, Wisconsin 54812 or to an animal shelter or a charity of one’s choice.

 

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