Roger Logue

WILMINGTON—Roger Carl Logue, 77, of Wilmington and formerly of Taylorville and Pekin, passed away Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.
Born May 14, 1940 in Taylorville, Roger Carl was a son to Jessie and Mary Helan (nee Noblet) Logue. He was raised and educated in Taylorville and graduated from Pekin High School with the class of 1958. Roger found a calling to assist and mentor individuals paroled from prison and in 1975 founded the Prisoners Release Ministries. Through his work, Roger was lucky enough to meet the love of his life, Diane K. Vlasak and on Sept. 4, 1978 they were married. Together they were able to write over 7.5 million dollars in grants for the Ministry and place over 15,000 individuals in jobs, with a 70 percent retention rate. In his free time Roger enjoyed scuba diving, vacationing and traveling in their RV with Diane. He was also proud to assist Diane with their grand champion Dachshunds. Above all, Rogers’ work was his life.
Survivors include his daughter, Kimberly Ward, of Adair, OK; granddaughter, Jamie (Ricky) Thomas, of San Jose, IL; six great-grandchildren: David, Jay, Jacob, Destinee, Jenell and Riley Thomas, of San Jose, IL; sister, Jerolyn (Bob) Edwards of Portage, MI, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Roger was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, his parents, Jessie and Mary Helan; three brothers: Ronald, Steven and Gary Logue; two step-fathers, Emmitt Smith and James Bright and several aunts and uncles.
Green Flameless Cremation Rites have been accorded.
The family will receive friends for a memorial visitation on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 from 10 a.m. until time of memorial service at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 401 E. Kahler Rd. in Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Roger’s memory to Prisoners Release Ministries, Inc. by visiting their website:
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Flameless Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington.