Marco boy getting motorcycle escort to final resting place

Pat Wilkins driving Logan (middle) and Patrick Wilkins on a motorcycle.

Mike and Monica Buddemeyer

Pat Wilkins driving Logan (middle) and Patrick Wilkins on a motorcycle.

Logan Buddemeyer

Mike and Monica Buddemeyer

Logan Buddemeyer

— He had trouble talking and hearing, but one phrase 8-year-old Logan Buddemeyer knew well was “vroom vroom.”

The Marco Island boy who died this month after a lifelong illness will have a fitting send-off Saturday when about 100 motorcycles escort him to his final resting place.

“Anytime we saw a motorcycle he was in love,” said Monica Buddemeyer, Logan’s mother. “He was an awesome kid and anybody who knew him just couldn’t help but fall in love with him.”

Monica and Mike Buddemeyer, Logan’s adoptive parents, took him into their care when he was just shy of 2 years old. Having lost their biological daughter, Amanda, in 2003, they were looking to bring life back into their home. Amanda died at a young age of a lifelong digestive problem that required the transplant of multiple organs.

Shortly before Logan’s adoption, the Buddemeyers adopted Riana, another infant with similar problems.

“They’d had similar treatments and that’s why we thought, OK, God gave us Amanda for a reason to help others,” Monica Buddemeyer said.

Riana died in 2009 after multiple organ transplants. She was 4.

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Logan Buddemeyer and his step sister Samantha Buddemeyer.

Mike and Monica Buddemeyer

Logan Buddemeyer and his step sister Samantha Buddemeyer.

Logan came to the Buddemeyers having already undergone organ transplants. He would later battle cancer and respiratory issues. He suffered a stroke in November that put him in a coma, Monica Buddemeyer said. He was removed from life support Jan. 1.

“He was definitely a fighter,” Monica Buddemeyer said. “He was full of life. Every time we were out of the hospital, he enjoyed life to the fullest.”

Aside from swimming in the pool, Logan’s favorite activity was riding motorcycles. A family friend, Pat Wilkins, used to take Logan for rides around the island when he was up for it.

090218ME-RIANA1 Samantha Buddemeyer with step-sister Riana and step-brother Logan in summer of 2008. Riana, 4, a multivisceral transplant patient, died on Saturday. Logan, also a transplant child, is in transplant rejection. Submitted photo

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090218ME-RIANA1 Samantha Buddemeyer with step-sister Riana and step-brother Logan in summer of 2008. Riana, 4, a multivisceral transplant patient, died on Saturday. Logan, also a transplant child, is in transplant rejection. Submitted photo

“I remember we were at a party and he walked over to me and grabbed me by my hand, then found my wife,” Wilkins said. “He pointed up at her with his hand and said ‘vroom vroom.’”

Whenever Logan heard a loud bike going past his home, he’d check out the window for Wilkins.

“He had a need for speed,” Wilkins said.

It was with this in mind that Wilkins helped arrange for about 100 motorcycles to escort Logan from his 1 p.m. funeral at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Collier Blvd., to the Marco Island Cemetery, 489 W. Elkcam Circle.

“They were just great kids. They gave us more than we gave them, I’m sure,” Monica Buddemeyer said. “They helped us rejoin life.”

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He had trouble talking and hearing, but one phrase 8-year-old Logan Buddemeyer knew well was “vroom vroom.”

The Marco Island boy who died this month after a lifelong illness will have a fitting sendoff Saturday when about 100 motorcycles escort him to his final resting place.

“Anytime we saw a motorcycle he was in love,” Logan’s mother, Monica Buddemeyer, said. “He was an awesome kid and anybody who knew him just couldn’t help but fall in love with him.”

Monica and Mike Buddemeyer, Logan’s adoptive parents, took him into their care when he was just shy of 2 years old. Having endured the loss of their biological daughter, Amanda, in 2003, they were looking to bring life back into their home. Amanda died at a young age of a lifelong digestive problem that required the transplant of multiple organs.

ARCHIVE STORY: Four-year-old’s death highlights story of love, inspiration

RELATED LINK: Obituary for Logan Buddemeyer

Logan Buddemeyer and his step sister Samantha Buddemeyer.

Mike and Monica Buddemeyer

Logan Buddemeyer and his step sister Samantha Buddemeyer.

Shortly before Logan’s adoption, the Buddemeyers adopted Riana, another infant with similar problems.

“They’d had similar treatments and that’s why we thought, OK, god gave us Amanda for a reason to help others,” Monica Buddemeyer said.

Riana died in 2009 after multiple organ transplants. She was 4.

Logan came to the Buddemeyers having already undergone organ transplants. He would later battle cancer and respiratory issues. He suffered a stroke in November that put him in a coma, Monica Buddemeyer said. He was removed from life support Jan. 1.

“He was definitely a fighter,” Monica Buddemeyer said. “He was full of life. Every time we were out of the hospital, he enjoyed life to the fullest.”

Aside from swimming in the pool, Logan’s favorite activity was riding motorcycles. A family friend, Pat Wilkins, used to take Logan for rides around the island when he was up for it.

“I remember we were at a party and he walked over to me and grabbed me by my hand, then found my wife,” Wilkins said. “He pointed up at her with his hand and said ‘vroom vroom.’”

Whenever Logan heard a loud bike going past his home, he’d check out the window for Wilkins.

“He had a need for speed,” Wilkins said.

It was with this in mind that Wilkins helped arrange for about 100 motorcycles to escort Logan from his funeral at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1101 N. Collier Blvd., to the Marco Island Cemetery, 489 W. Elkcam Circle.

The motorcade will take off following a 1 p.m. funeral.

“They were just great kids. They gave us more than we gave them, I’m sure,” Monica Buddemeyer said. “They helped us rejoin life.”

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Comments » 2

winemanjo writes:

Logan is in heaven with little angels. We pray for his soul. God bless those motorcycles riders to arrange such funeral for logan. Hey guys, you all rock. God bless you and God bless this great land.

Snoozy writes:

The world needs a lot more people like the Buddemeyers. May God bless you for your loving acts.

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