Ivan Nelson Loganbill, age 88, of Versailles, entered his eternal home on September 16, 2011, at his home. He was born December 17, 1922, in Excelsior, Missouri, the son of Joseph Henry and Tinnie Vera Callison Loganbill.
On February 12, 1943, Ivan was drafted into the Army. World War II was raging. He was deployed overseas where he drove a truck carrying supplies, equipment, and personnel. He drove in blackouts and night convoys. He was responsible for minor repairs and maintenance of his vehicle. He achieved the rank of Corporal and was honorably discharged on January 18, 1946.
He was united in marriage to Emma Jean “Jeannie” Vaughan on September 10, 1950. The wedding ceremony was held in Clarksburg, Missouri, at the bride’s home.
Ivan spent most of his adult years raising turkeys on a farm north of Versailles. He also drove an 18 wheeler for a number of years. In his retirement, he enjoyed landscaping his yard.
He was an active member of Bethel Church in Fortuna, Missouri, where he served as Sunday School Superintendent and teacher. He also served as Church Chairman and Church Trustee, and in his later years, he served on the Bethel Cemetery Board.
Ivan is survived by six sons and three daughters; Rick Loganbill and wife Joni of Versailles, Rad Loganbill and wife Barbara of Versailles, Karen Garber and husband Stan of Versailles, Kent Loganbill and wife Debra of Versailles, Dara Gaines and husband David of High Hill, Missouri, Dean Loganbill and wife Ann of Barnett, Missouri, Mark Loganbill and wife Sara of Florence, Missouri, Matt Loganbill and wife Tamera of Versailles, and Lesa Moesch and husband Michael of Versailles; forty-four grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Jean “Jeannie” Loganbill, his parents, Joe and Tinnie Loganbill, his sister, Lois Hoffstetter, a granddaughter, Erica Loganbill, and a grandson, Seth Loganbill.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 18, at the Bethel Church with Pastor Dave Zapf officiating. Graveside services and interment with full military honors will follow in the Bethel Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bethel Church.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home of Versailles.