Duane A. Logsdon, 31, of Altamont, died at 8:21 a.m., Monday, August 24, 2015 in Granite City, IL.
Funeral services will be at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont with Pee Wee Denton officiating. Burial will be at Ransom Cemetery, rural Beecher City at a later date. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until service time on Saturday. Memorials may be made to his children’s trust fund.
Duane was born on Monday, February 13, 1984 in Springfield, IL to Ray and Barbara (Tharp) Logsdon. He was affiliated with the Baptist Church. He worked in construction as a roofer.
Duane Logsdon became a student at St. Louis Community College in 2010. During his first year of college he was actively involved in the campus Student Government Association as a Representative at large, and due to his political savvy, quickly moved into the position of Parliamentarian. During that year he assisted the SGA with encouraging healthy living and smoke free environment for the student body, collecting donations for the Haven of Grace homeless shelter, establishing workshops for professional development, free HIV/AIDS testing for the campus community, an Autism seminar for Autism awareness, and he participated in a 5K race for Every step counts, all while maintaining an impressive GPA.
Duane continued his quest for knowledge in 2011, where again he held the parliamentarian position in the student government where he assisted in fundraising for Breast cancer research, assisted with a self-defense seminar, contributed to Christmas gifts for 55 children of incarcerated parents through the Angel Tree Network, clean-up and donations for the restoration efforts in the city of Joplin, Mo., volunteer work at Operation Food Search, and was instrumental in helping the SGA win the special event award from MCCA. Later, he became the president of MCCA.
During the same year, Duane was recognized for his academic success by being inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, and was the first Caucasian male to be an active member of the African-American Male Initiative that offers mentor-ship to at risk males.
In 2013 Duane again persevered and again enrolled in college, and was again a member of the SGA, this time as president.
Duane was a very passionate person, and very dedicated to enriching the lives of those less fortunate than himself. He was a very instrumental part of the the Forest Park family, and was well loved by all and will be sorely missed.
He is survived by his mother, Barbara Logsdon of Altamont, father, Ray Logsdon of Vandalia, fiancé, Dominique Williams of St. Louis, MO, daughters, Dyani and Dayla Logsdon of St. Louis, MO, brother, Matthew Logsdon of Vandalia, sister, Robin Logsdon of Troy, maternal grandmother, Anna Lee Bobbett of Altamont, half-brothers, Jonathan Ashbaugh of St. Elmo, Daniel Ashbaugh of Glen Carbon, Steven Scribner of Springfield, Lee Scribner of Litchfield and half-sister, Jacintha Cassidy and her husband George of Springfield and step sister, Michelle Devore of Effingham.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, maternal grandfather, brother, Michael Logsdon and sisters, Angela and Amy Logsdon in infancy.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com