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Former Logansport city official mourned

Last Updated on January 7, 2019 by cassnetwork

A man who served on the Logansport City Council and later served as the economic development director for the city has lost a courageous battle with cancer.

Nolan Eugene “Skip” Kuker passed away Sunday in Greenfield where he had lived since accepting an economic development position there in 2012.

“Logansport has lost a true friend, and many Logansport people have lost a true friend who they have cheered on throughout his fight,” Mayor Dave Kitchell said Sunday. “Skip always ended his speeches by saying he loved his family and his job, and people loved him because he had a sense of purpose and a sense of humor to match. Skip met the love of his life and began the career he loved in Logansport, and ours was a community that was always a home to Skip because of how his life pivoted to a new level. Logansport was never a stepping stone for him; it was a cornerstone.”

The mayor added his condolences to Skip’s wife, the former Ellen Williams, and daughter Jordan.

“Our hearts are full for them, and many of us have prayed for their family for several years because we were fortunate to have someone who was so pro Logansport,” the mayor said. “Even though he left Logansport for a new opportunity, he was never out of sight and out of mind, and vice versa. He will be missed, but fondly remembered by those who knew him.”

Kuker first became active in politics during the administration of former Mayor Dick Hettinger in 2000. He was appointed to the Logansport Board of Public Works and Safety, and later won an appointment to the Logansport City Council. He eventually left the private sector to take a full-time job with the former Logansport-Cass County Economic Development Foundation. He served on the Logansport Utility Service Board before he accepted the economic development post in Greenfield.

His interest in the utilities issues in particular led him back to Logansport for a final public appearance at an energy meeting held at McHale Performing Arts Center. He was happy to reach out to Logansport to provide information on the role public utilities play in economic development.

He was 55.

SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell

Read the full obituary here.