Crest Ink - Volume 30 - Number 01

Loomis and Logan Appear in New American Legion Book by Bob Logan, Production A-Shift

Delbert Schafer, Bob Logan, Mariah Karson & Joe Loomis

Crest Foods employees Joe Loomis and Bob Logan are members of the Altenberg American Legion Post #497 of Franklin Grove, one of four small town American Legion posts featured in photojournalist Mariah Karson’s re- cently released American Legion . Karson’s book sheds light on the impact that U. S. Military veterans, who are mem- bers of American Legion posts in Franklin Grove, Illinois; Cody, Nebraska; Cheriton, Virginia; and Bombay Beach, California - all towns of 1000 or less people, have while continuing to serve in their home communities after stints in the U.S. military. Joe Loomis, a stock picker and stager in the Crest Foods Ingredient Division Warehouse, began his career with Crest Foods in 1993 after returning from Germany. Joe entered the U.S. Army in 1984 and was released from active duty in 1992. He served in Germany during the first Gulf War, after being trained as a combat engineer. Joe began his involvement with the Dixon American Legion Post 8 or 9 years ago and has been with the Franklin Grove American Legion post three years now. He is currently serving in his second term as the Franklin Grove Post Com- mander and has served as a Scout Master in the Boys Scouts of America. Bob Logan, first came to work as a dumper/stacker in the Production section of Crest Foods as a Manpower em- ployee in the summer of 2015. He was hired on at Crest in 2016. Bob served in the U.S. Army, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C. from 1972 to 1975 after training as an administrative and personnel specialist at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He is a thirty year member of the American Legion and has been active in the Franklin Grove com- munity for thirty years, most notably having served five terms as Franklin Grove Village President. He is a Past Commander of the Franklin Grove American Legion Post #497 and has served a number of years as Senior Vice Commander. Karson’s American Legion was featured in a two-page article in the October 2017 American Legion Magazine, the national information arm of the American Legion. The book is available for purchase through Mariah Karson’s website:

Both Bob Logan and Joe Loomis are pictured multiple times in the book. (left) Bob & Joe are featured with a short biography. (middle) Delbert Schafer made the cover of the book. (right) Bob & Joe before the Franklin Grove Memorial Day Parade in 2015. All pictures belong to the photojournalist Mariah Karson.

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