Richard Gary “Dick” Logerwell, 80 years old, of Kansas City, MO, passed away on May 7, 2022 at the KU Cancer Center from complications of Leukemia.
Dick was born in Dupree, South Dakota, to Bernard and Miriam Logerwell on March 8, 1942. He spent his childhood and adolescence growing up in South Dakota and north central Nebraska. Dick was a multi sport athlete and graduated from Wood Lake High School in Cherry County, NE. He went on to attend the University of Nebraska in Lincoln competing in Track + Field and earning his Bachelor of Science in Education with minors in both Mathematics and Physics. He also served in the U.S. Army reserves during this time. Dick later earned advanced degrees from Northwest Missouri State and UMKC.
Dick followed the footsteps of both his parents, Gail and Miriam Miller, in a career in public education. The education profession took him to Fairfax, Missouri, and Anselmo-Merna, Nebraska, as a Science and Math teacher, coach, and Principal before arriving in Kearney, Missouri, for a long and rewarding tenure in the Kearney School District. At Kearney R-1, Dick was the elementary school Principal, an Assistant Superintendent, and the Superintendent of Schools from 1970 through 2000. His oversight and leadership during this time of unprecedented growth was crucial.
To many, Dick may be best well known and appreciated for his contribution to the sport of baseball. His impact from coaching and countless hours individually working with kids cannot be overstated.
Dick loved golf, Nebraska football, and Royals baseball, but there is nothing he loved more than to be involved in his kids and grandkids many activities. His support will be greatly missed.
Family, Community, Leadership, Selflessness
Dick is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marilyn Logerwell; his brother, Don and Patricia Logerwell; his three sons, Gary and Kellie Logerwell, Greg Logerwell, and Brett Logerwell; and his grandchildren, Michael Logerwell and Samantha Logerwell.
We invite you to join us to celebrate his life at an open house on Sunday, May 29, 2022, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the historic Corbin Mill grand parlor event space in Liberty (131 S Water St, Liberty, MO 64068).
Contributions can be made in Dick Logerwell’s honor to the University of Kansas Health System – Cancer Care. giving.kansashealthsystem.com
An additional option for contributions is to the Kearney High School baseball program. Checks should be payable to KHS Baseball and in memo include “Dick Logerwell Memorial” and mailed to Kearney High School, 715 East 19th Street, Kearney, MO 64060.
Arrangements in care of Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Kearney.
Our Sincere Condolences
Marilyn and family,
It’s hard to put into words what Dick means to our family. He and your family have been there for us in SO MANY ways over the past 45 years and it means the world to us. You all have been in our thoughts and prayers. We love you all!
Stacy, Tommy and Kayne
Words are often hard to come by at times such as these.
Suffice it to say that a life such as Dick’s, was indeed a life well lived.
You will be sorely missed by so many my friend!
Rest well good Sir!
And my deepest sympathies to Marilyn and the entire family.
I’m so sorry, Marilyn to hear of Dick’s passing. I so enjoyed our talks while getting your weekly coffee. You guys were one of my favorite visits.
These memories we shall cherish forever. The trips we took together, Arizona, Key West, your visits to Florida, and Alabama. Our Golf outings, the best was a visit to our home in Florida when Dick spied a gator on the gulf course. (Yes Dick, there are a lot of gators in Florida, even on the golf course.) However, we did go out and play the next day. I could go on and on, but one of our favorite times was spending New Year Eve at the Logerwell home what a great time and something every year we looked forward to. There are many words the could describe Dick Logerwell, but the one we like the most is he was a good man who totally loved his family, and especially his grandchildren. You will be missed dear friend, but never forgotten.
Bob & Sue Kelly
Our family enjoyed season after season of Dick’s coaching with our sons competitive baseball team. Dick was instrumental in helping our son achieve such high standards in his pitching, which helped him pursue it with a college scholarship. He gave our son such a love for the sport because of his positive enthusiasm & encouragement. Dick took so much time working with our son & his teams, voluntarily, because he loved the sport & the boys! We cannot say enough just how much we appreciated his guidance and training. He will be greatly missed!
The Williams Family
A place on earth is
A voice you loved is gone.
Yet in the memories of your heart.
The love you knew lives on.
In God’s redeeming purpose,
We cannot always know
The reason for sad times
That we must undergo.
And yet our faith assures us.
God’s love and strength will be.
Sufficient for our days on earth
and all eternity.