Robert “Logan” Ralls Sept 6, 1937-May 14, 2018

After a long struggle with heart disease Logan passed away peacefully in his sleep at home with his daughter Jana & dear family friends (Tahni & Joe) by his side.

Logan was born on September 6, 1937, in Alleene Arkansas to Ordal and Flora Ralls.

Logan moved to Eureka with his family in 1942 and it was here that he met and married the love of his life, Joanne “Jan” Corippo on December 28, 1955.

Logan joined the Army in 1961 and was honorably discharged in 1965. It was during his time of service that he and Jan decided to start a family and their wishes were fulfilled in August 1964 with the birth of their son, Robert Melvin Ralls.

After leaving the Army Logan worked at the Louisiana Pacific Lumber Company in Samoa until purchasing Bob’s Market in Manila. Logan and Jan were blessed with another addition to their family in July of 1968 when their baby girl Jana Lynn Ralls was born to them, making their family complete.

After making a trip to La Jolla to visit cousins who had a tortilla factory, Logan fell in love with the idea and process of manufacturing tortillas. So in 1974 Logan joined with his dear and best friend Don Stotts, and together with their wives, started Bien Padre, where they produced fresh locally made tortillas and chips and enjoyed great success for many years. They sold Bien Padre in 1989 and got down to the real business of retirement and the spoiling of the grandchildren.

Logan and Jan built their dream log home, at this juncture in their lives and enjoyed this opportunity and all the family times created there until the very end.

Logan was preceded in death by his parents Ordal and Flora Ralls, wife Joanne Ralls, son Bob Ralls, niece Kim Ralls and sister-in-law Dolores Ralls.

Logan is survived by his daughter Jana Byrd, grandsons Adam and Spencer Byrd, Melissa Ralls and husband Alberto Ortiz, honorary granddaughter Mallory Byrd, great-grandchildren Daniel, Christopher and Isabella, Brothers Jim and Durvis (Ruth) Ralls, sister-in-law Sharon Corippo, brother-in-law Gary (Judy) Corippo and numerous nieces and nephews.

All who would like to share in the celebration of Logan’s amazing 80 years, are invited to the Ralls Family Residence at 32 Quail Valley Road in Eureka on Saturday June 2nd at 1 p.m.


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