Services set for Steve Logback, former KNF director

Posted October 4, 2017

Steven Edward Logback, associate vice president of communications and marketing at Kansas State University, died unexpectedly on Sept. 28, 2017. He was 49.  

Logback, who served as executive director of the Kansas Newspaper Foundation from 2002 to 2004, was born Nov. 29, 1967 to James and Francis (Boyd) Logback of Hill City.

Steve graduated from Hill City High School in 1986 and attended Kansas State University, where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. As a fourth generation graduate, he received his degree in journalism in 1990.  

He married Donna (Yeager) Logback on April 30, 1993. They had two children, Elizabeth Jean Logback and Logan Edward Logback.

During his career, Steve worked at Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Newspaper Foundation, Kansas State Alumni Association and Kansas State University.

He believed as did the long line of Boyd family members before him that “community service is the rent you pay for the privilege of living on this earth.”

He was a past president of Solar Kiwanis Club and the Manhattan Boys and Girls Club, chair of the Riley County Police Department Community Advisory Board, served on the Board of Directors for the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Manhattan High School Booster Club, Manhattan High School Performing Arts Support Group, the Friday Football Luncheon Gang and a lifetime member of the Kansas State Alumni Association.

Steve had a ferocious appetite for obtaining and sharing knowledge, reading any newspaper he could get his hands on cover to cover, graduating from Leadership Manhattan and the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program, beginning his graduate studies, serving as a mentor through the K-State College of Business Administration and as an adjunct instructor at the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Steve was a youth sports coach through the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department for over a decade, the assistant coach for the Manhattan Titans and a vocal supporter during any of his kids’ and their friends numerous sporting and school events.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Fran. Survivors include wife Donna and children, Elizabeth and Logan; his father, Jim Logback of Hill City; a brother, Frank Logback, of Lenexa, and a sister, Lydia Graham of Van Alstyne, Tex.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan.  Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 at the church, with burial immediately following at Sunrise Cemetery. 

A memorial for the Steve Logback Wildcat Way Scholarship has been established at the Kansas State Foundation. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at


KPA colleagues:

If you’d like to send cards, here are two addresses:

If you would like to send a card to Donna Logback, Steve’s wife, here is the address:

Donna Logback
1600 Pinewood Circle
Manhattan, KS 66502

If you would like to send a card to Jim Logback, his address is:

Jim Logback
217 N. 10th Ave.
Hill City, KS 67642


Doug Anstaett, Executive Director
Kansas Press Association
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Topeka, KS 66606
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