Jim was born the youngest of two children in Detroit, Michigan on October 21, 1945.
Jim wore many titles: husband, dad, brother, son, gramps, uncle, cousin, mentor and friend. He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice M. Ramsey, and is survived by his wife of 40 years, Deborah (Debbie) Logan, his two daughters, Christine Logan (Daniel Goodmann) and Susan (Scott) Hiipakka, and his grandchildren, Joe and Sabrina Garascia, Abby and Alex Hiipakka, and Joe and Julia Goodmann. He is also survived by his sister, Sharon Carter, his sisters-in-law Donna (Russ) Vorhees and Tina Sceglio (Mark) Williams, and nephews, Michael and Spencer Bandy.
After graduating from Eastern High School in Lansing, Jim entered the U.S. Air Force and served in many places around the world, including Italy, where he married his first wife, Adriana (Arthur) Sherwood, the mother of his two daughters. After his service, Jim returned to Michigan where he started a 20-year career with AAA Michigan. It was at AAA where he eventually met his wife, Debbie Logan. They were married on April 15, 1983.
In 1988, Jim left AAA as the company’s bodily injury claim manager and began his second career in the structured settlements industry as regional vice president at Kenneth H. Wells & Associates, Inc. In 1999, he founded his own national settlement consulting firm, James E. Logan & Associates, Ltd. He took great pride in resolving injury claims for his clients and bringing financial certainty and security to the seriously injured and their families through sound settlement planning. Jim earned his Certified Structured Settlement Consultant (CSSC) professional designation in 1993 from the University of Notre Dame in conjunction with the National Structured Settlements Trade Association (NSSTA). Jim served on NSSTA’s Board of Directors and was chairman of the NSSTA PAC Board.
Jim was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother and more to many people. He was a beacon of warmth and laughter, turning ordinary moments into cherished memories. His unwavering love, dedication and friendship were constants, offering solace in times of need and doubling the joy in moments of celebration. His legacy lives on in the hearts of those who were fortunate to call him family and friend.
A service will be held on Monday, December 18, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Hodges Funeral Home in Naples, Florida. A Celebration of his Life will follow at the Stonebridge Country Club.
The family has requested that remembrances be made in the form of contributions to Tunnel to Towers or Shriners Hospital.